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.