Nissan Launches KIX Mini SUV

Nissan today announced the launch of a new mini sport utility vehicle dubbed KIX, a new model with the top version sold for approximately 1,591,800 yen (12,385 euros). According to representatives of the car manufacturer, the name of the new model is inspired by the American “kicks” - “a slang term for an exciting or highly enjoyable activity. In addition, "X" in mathematics, refers to an "unknown quantity" - reinforcing the idea that the new Nissan KIX offers owners the potential for spirited, exciting experiences and adventures yet to come.”

KIX is powered by a 4-cylinder 16-valve engine which is said to suit all types of drivers, for both short and long trips, “from around-town driving to expressway cruising or navigating mountain roads.” The interior was customized with a black monotone color scheme while the seats were covered with sporty black fabric with blue points.

Since it's a mini SUV, KIX also features a four wheel-drive system for easy driving on all road conditions. More importantly, switching between 2WD and 4WD can be done quick and easy “by the transfer case shift lever,” as Nissan explained in the press statement.

“The KIX's exterior styling expresses the tough, rugged looks that are a hallmark of all Nissan SUVs. The rugged-looking front grille continues Nissan's signature SUV design. It features vertical lines and a gun metallic finish, a look complemented by the massive, body-colored bumpers. In the rear, the hard spare tire half-cover is designed around the motif of an auxiliary fuel tank,” Nissan wrote.

The Japanese carmaker expects approximately 300 units sold per month, with increasing sales in the first months of 2009.
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