2021 Nissan Kicks Debuts With New Looks And More Tech

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Following a pointless teaser campaign, Nissan has unveiled the facelifted Kicks in the United States.

Looking far more attractive than its predecessor, the 2021 Kicks has a new front fascia with a “double V-motion” grille that is flanked by new LED headlights. The entry-level crossover also gains sportier air intakes and new LED fog lights.

Additional changes are limited, but there’s a new rear bumper and updated LED taillights. The model also has restyled wheels and a revised color palette that includes three new colors as well as three new two-tone paint schemes.

Moving into the cabin, there’s updated upholstery and revised trim. The model also gains a 7.0-inch driver information display, an additional USB Type-C port and a new 8-inch infotainment system in SV and SR trims. Other highlights include newly standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well as an optional Bose audio system and an Intelligent Around View Monitor. The SV and SR trims also boast a new center console with an armrest.

While international versions get an e-Power powertrain, the US-spec Kicks is stuck in early 2000’s as it has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 122 hp (91 kW / 124 PS) and 114 lb-ft (155 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission which sends power exclusively to the front wheels.

That setup is Ambien in automotive form, but it enables the Kicks to return 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. Nissan also noted the driving experience has been improved thanks to new rear disc brakes and an available Intelligent Cruise Control system.

The 2021 Kicks will go on sale in February and pricing will be announced closer to launch. However, the model will likely cost more than its predecessor which began at $19,070.