2025 Nissan Kicks: Enhanced Design, Tech, Performance

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2025 Nissan Kicks Enhanced Design, Tech, Performance
2025 Nissan Kicks Enhanced Design, Tech, Performance

Following its grand revealing online last week, the new generation Nissan Kicks has made its debut at the 2024 York Auto Show, joining the ranks of other freshly launched models.

The subcompact crossover boasts significant enhancements across the board. It now features a larger footprint compared to its predecessor, offering more space for passengers and a roomier trunk with additional luggage capacity, complemented by a concealed storage compartment.

Nissan has revamped the interior of the 2025 Kicks with a more modern dashboard layout, featuring a dual-screen setup. Lower-tier models come equipped with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and an equally-sized infotainment system, while higher-spec variants boast dual 12.3-inch displays.

The HVAC system incorporates touch-sensitive controls, while a range of new comfort, tech, and safety features contribute to the redesign.

2025 Nissan Kicks Enhanced Design, Tech, Performance
2025 Nissan Kicks Enhanced Design, Tech, Performance (Credit: Nissan)

In terms of exterior design, the old Kicks left much to be desired, but the new iteration has effectively addressed this issue. Sporting a boxier silhouette with a more rugged appearance, it bears resemblance to the larger Pathfinder sold in China.

Featuring horizontal LED DRLs, similarly shaped taillamps, a wide grille, a flat hood with muscular edges, and broad shoulders, the new design exudes a more assertive presence. With a contrasting roof lending it a youthful vibe reminiscent of the old MINI Coupe, the new Kicks also emphasizes functionality with a generous ground clearance of 8.4 inches (213 mm).

This, coupled with the optional all-wheel-drive system – a first for this series, as the previous model was solely offered with front-wheel drive – enhances its mild off-road capabilities. To further accentuate its rugged appearance, it incorporates black cladding on the lower portions of the front and rear bumpers, wheel arches, and side skirts.

Powering the new-generation Nissan Kicks is a new engine with a higher displacement than its predecessor’s 1.6-liter unit. Equipped with a 2.0L naturally aspirated mill, it delivers 139 horsepower (141 ps/104 kW) and 140 pound-feet (190 Nm) of torque.

While this represents a modest increase over the 1.6L motor, which was rated at 122 horsepower (124 ps/91 kW) and 114 lb-ft (155 Nm), it remains paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), prioritizing efficiency over engaging driving dynamics.

The new-gen Nissan Kicks checks most boxes for an appealing subcompact crossover positioned on the affordable end of the segment. While pricing details for the United States and Canada have yet to be announced by the Japanese automaker, the model is set to hit the market in the coming months, with deliveries slated to commence in late summer.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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