As Nissan's newest nameplate, the Kicks compact crossover has already established a reputation for offering an impressive array of features at an attractive MSRP. Introduced just three years ago as the "gateway" model to Nissan's six Canadian crossover and SUVs, Kicks has been attracting young, enthusiastic new buyers to the Nissan brand.
To help keep that momentum going, the 2021 Nissan Kicks has received a major refresh for the new model year, including:
Refreshed exterior styling with bold new Double V-motion grille and available LED headlights
New wheel designs
Updated interior with a new available centre console, new seating and trim materials
New available 8.0-inch colour touchscreen display
New available 7.0-inch driver information display in the meter cluster
Rear disc brakes on SV, SR models
An array of bold new colour options
Technology has also been upgraded with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and available Intelligent Cruise Control. Kicks' list of standout features also includes Nissan Safety Shield® 360 standard on all grades.
New exterior design makes a bold first impression
Originally inspired by the lively beach and carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro, where the original Kicks Concept was designed, the 2021 edition Kicks offers a more energetic, higher quality look and feel.
While maintaining Kicks' compact urban crossover dimensions – with its large interior space and nimble, city-sized exterior for easy manoeuvrability –the extensive exterior changes immediately set Kicks apart from the competition and the previous Kicks' design.
Starting with the aggressive front end, the new, more voluminous front bumper blends with the new "Double V-motion" grille, giving Kicks a more powerful SUV look.
New headlights offer a high-tech, modern and premium effect, which is even further enhanced on the SR model's super-thin LED multi-reflector design (low beam). The SR also includes standard LED fog lights.
In the rear, along with the new bumper and back door finisher, an LED combination light stretches across from side to side, adding a strong horizontal line that emphasizes Kicks' wide rear structure. Like in front, the redesigned rear bumper imparts a sense of more "lifted" volume and a premium feel.
As in previous years, Kicks continues with its "floating roof" with a "wrap-around visor" look to the windscreen and side glass. The wide C-pillar appears hidden, with a black finish that blends into the tailgate glass, helping give the floating roof a distinctive and eye-catching especially those in the rear – and still allows excellent outward visibility for all.
Standard exterior features include heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals Intelligent Auto Headlights with adjustable sensitivity and timing (including twilight and wiper activation) and rear wiper – along with available roof rails, and rear roof spoiler. A redesigned shark fin antenna also joins the list of exterior enhancements for 2021.
Colour is a hallmark of Kicks, and it continues to be available in a range of vibrant hues, including three new exterior colours and three new two-tone paint schemes. For even more personalization, there are an array of available Kicks Colour Studio accessories.
For 2021, the energetic, premium colour palette includes seven available exterior colours: new Electric Blue Metallic, new Scarlet Ember Tintcoat (premium colour), new Boulder Gray Pearl and Gun Metallic, Super Black, Aspen White TriCoat (premium colour) and Fresh Powder.
Five two-tone paint combinations are available for 2021, including three new combinations – Super Black/Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, Super Black/Electric Blue and Super Black/Boulder Gray Pearl. Also offered ae Metallic Super Black/Aspen White TriCoat and Monarch Orange Metallic/Super Black.
Smart, stylish redesigned interior
The 2021 Kicks' interior also has a new look and feel, highlighted by the SV and SR grades' new seat and door trim, new combi-meter design and full centre console with an armrest and e-parking brake Control with Auto Brake Hold,. Throughout the interior, silver accents have been replaced with a combination of more subdued silver and black.
Kick's instrument panel is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch colour touchscreen display housing a comprehensive infotainment system. Kicks offers NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard equipment on all grades. Kicks SV and SR grades add an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen audio display.
For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the Bose® Personal® Plus sound system. Part of the Bose® Small Vehicle Series, it delivers a superior, driver-focused listening experience using just eight speakers and proprietary Bose® signal processing to provide what Bose® calls "360 degrees of immersive sound." Key to its dynamic sound is a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks' driver's seat head restraint.
The system also includes compact 6.5-inch Bose® Super65™ speakers in each front door, cross-firing 1.0-inch tweeters in each A-pillar and 5.25-inch wide-range speakers in each rear door. A Bose® Personal Space Control feature is built into the infotainment system's audio settings, providing adjustable listening options from front-focused sound to a wider, more enveloping experience. The system also includes a digital amplifier with six channels of custom equalization and digital system processing.
Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor6, which uses four on-board cameras to present a virtual composite 360-degree bird's-eye view of the Kicks, with split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb-side views. It also gives the driver an on-screen heads-up when it detects moving objects near the vehicle.
The versatile interior offers a sporting flavour – provided by a D-shaped steering wheel, comfortable 6-way driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. Other available interior features include leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tonneau cover and Automatic Temperature Control.
New seating materials include more saturated colour, with the SR Premium Package featuring Prima-Tex™ leatherette-appointed seating with three-tone design and stitching.
As in previous years, the 2021 Kicks provides ample passenger space throughout the cabin, including front seat legroom. Kicks also offers 914.6 litres of usable cargo space (rear seat folded), part of its efficient packaging for urban adventure use.
Kicks easily accommodates five passengers comfortably, thanks in part to the flat rear floor design and rear headroom and legroom that is similar to that of larger crossovers. The rear hatch opens high enough for a six-foot tall person to access the cargo area without having to duck.
A crossover for the adventurous
Every 2021 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, which is combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission powering the front wheels. While Canadian fuel economy figures are not yet available, fuel economy for the American model is rated at 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined.
Kicks offers a standard Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Hill Start Assist, front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System and electric power steering with a tight 34.1 foot/10.4 metre turning radius. For 2021, SV and SR grades add new rear disc brakes.
Kicks SR includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Module, featuring Active Engine Brake, Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control, to help provide a higher level of driving enjoyment.
New for 2021 and standard on SV and SR models is Intelligent Cruise which can ease driver stress in certain situations.
Nimble handling is provided by a front independent strut, stabilizer bar suspension matched with rear suspension featuring twist beam and twin-tube shock absorbers. Kicks S grade comes with 16-inch steel wheels, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on Kicks SV and SR grades – mounted with 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires respectively. Kicks features 7.0 inches of ground clearance, allowing a driver to tackle poorly maintained roads and speed bumps with ease.
Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Standard Safety Shield® 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist.
Kicks is also equipped with a total of 10 air bags. Intelligent Driver Alertness3 and Rear Door Alert are standard on SV and SR grades, while Kicks SR Premium includes Intelligent Around View® Monitor1.
Three well-equipped, high-value models
The redesigned 2021 Nissan Kicks is available in three well-equipped models – Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Among the list of standard features found on Kicks S are Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, three USB ports, keyless entry, push button start, body colour heated outside mirrors; Easy Fill Tire Alert and Intelligent Auto Headlights.
Kicks SV includes a long list of additional features –Nissan Intelligent Key™, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body-coloured exterior door handles, roof rails, heated front seats, heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel Automatic Climate Control, 7.0-inch Advanced
Driver Alert Display, SiriusXM® Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Remote Engine Start4, additional type-C USB port (data and charge) and more.
Kicks SR adds a sporty flair with the addition of LED high and low beam headlights with LED signature accents, LED fog lights, black outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, , leather shift knob, SR seat fabric with interior trim and accents, front and rear bumpers with body colour inserts, rear roof-mounted spoiler, dark chrome grille accents, and more.
One new package is available as well – the Premium Package (SR) offering: black 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bose® Audio with amplifier, eight speakers (including driver's headrest), Prima-Tex™ appointed seats, Intelligent Around View® Monitor1, security system, and tonneau cover.
I-AVM cannot completely eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. MOD operates at vehicle speeds below 8 km/h. Always check surroundings and turn to look behind you before moving vehicle.
It is always the driver's responsibility to remain alert. Intelligent Driver Alertness is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner's Manual for details.
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