Nissan Canada has aggressively priced the Kicks, the automaker’s newest entry in the compact utility vehicle segment at $19,793, including shipping.
That’s below the vehicle’s closest competitors, including the Kia Soul, Ford EcoSport, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. All five of those vehicles have a starting price of at least $19,995, before shipping.
The Kicks becomes the sixth vehicle in Nissan Canada’s utility vehicle lineup. The Kicks has been described as new gateway into the utility vehicle market for buyers in Canada and the United States. The vehicle’s arrival comes a year after Nissan introduced Canada to the slightly larger Qashqai. The Kicks is designed for the needs of younger singles or couples, Nissan says.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be offered in three front-wheel-drive models: Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. A 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Nissan’s Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System is standard on all three. The engine delivers 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel efficiency is rated at 6.6 litre/100km combined.
The SV trim starts at $22,693 while the SR starts at $24,593. Both prices include freight.
The 2018 Kicks will be offered in a range of five exterior colours – plus five two-tone combinations.
Nissan’s Intelligent Emergency Braking is standard on all trim levels. So are seven airbags and a rearview monitor.
“We’re making Intelligent Emergency Braking standard across all grades of our best-selling models, including Rogue, Qashqai and now Kicks. It’s part of our comprehensive vision for helping reduce fatalities known as Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Scott Pak, senior manager, product planning, Nissan Canada.