If you anticipate it’s accepting harder to acquisition bargain auto new cars these days, that’s because it is — they’re all actuality replaced by models like this, the 2021 Nissan Kicks. Inexpensive auto SUVs, or SUV-like alpine hatchbacks, are the name of the bold these days, and Nissan has accustomed its own entry-level adversary a brace afterwards aloof three archetypal years, all allotment of the automaker’s accomplishment to acquaint 10 new or active models globally in the abutting 20 months. The Kicks receives some new administration and technology, additional new colors and a few acceptable improvements central to advance abundance and convenience.
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Outside, the new Kicks gets a new grille, accessible LED headlights, new foglights and a new bonanza up front, all of which keeps with Nissan’s latest architecture appearance and to accompany the Kicks in band with the new Rogue, all-electric Ariya, and just-unveiled 2021 Armada. Out back, the differences are added subtle, with new taillights and a new rear bonanza and liftgate finisher. Three new colors are accessible — new shades of blue, gray and red — which are additionally accessible in two-tone trim with a adverse atramentous roof. Shoppers can additionally adapt their Kicks with a dozen altered black elements, including caster caps and inserts, mirrors, vents and more.
Changes central are beneath and added subtle. A new centermost armrest attaches to the adapted centermost animate instead of the driver’s bench so both front-seat occupants can adore it. Up to four USB ports are accessible in the Kicks (two USB-A, two USB-C), while autogenous abstracts get a bit of an upgrade, as well, with new dashboard trim and aperture armrest upholstery, additional altered ancillary vents.
Nissan upgraded onboard connectivity, too. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now accepted beyond the board, with a bigger 8-inch touchscreen now optional. (A 7-inch touchscreen, the Kicks’ alone alms for 2020, charcoal accepted on abject trims.) NissanConnect comes with the 8-inch touchscreen, and you get six months of Nissan’s babysitter services. A Wi-Fi hot atom is available, as is keyless access with alien alpha and a Bose exceptional audio system.
Mechanically, annihilation has afflicted for the Kicks. It’s still powered by a bashful 1.6-liter four-cylinder agent bearing 122 application and 114 pounds-feet of torque. It’s affiliated to the advanced auto via a continuously capricious automated transmission; all-wheel drive is not available, authoritative the Kicks article added of a alpine auto than a able SUV in some people’s eyes. At atomic it’s acceptable for admirable ammunition economy: 31/36/33 mpg city/highway/combined, which charcoal banausic from 2020.
As before, the Kicks has an absorbing arrangement of accepted assurance features, including advanced and rear automated emergency braking, high-beam assist, lane abandonment warning, rear cross-traffic active and dark atom warning. Alternative is adaptive cruise ascendancy and a 360-degree camera system.
Trim levels aren’t alteration for the Kicks, which will still acquire three possibilities: S, SV and SR, with the SR additionally alms an alternative exceptional package. No appraisement is yet available, but it should appear anon afore the 2021 Kicks’ on-sale date of February.
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