Nissan Kicks Concept Debuts in Sao Paulo
Compact CUV Looks Appropriately Festive for Brazil
Nissan pulled the wraps off its Kicks concept at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show today, showing off the compact crossover it’s been teasing this month. The Kicks looks a lot like we were expecting from the teasers, but that’s no bad thing.
The Kicks looks a lot like a smaller butched-up Rogue, adopting that crossover’s “V-Motion” design language. The floating roof panel, exaggerated boomerang head- and taillights, and chrome grille contour are on track to become Nissan trademarks, and the Kicks wears these elements well.
The sides are deeply sculpted, giving the fenders a very flared, aggressive look. Side cutlines that run through the door handles and under the windowsill gather light in interesting ways, but in spite of the complexity of the design, the car looks cohesive and uncomplicated.
A steeply raked rear hatch likely compromises cargo utility quite a bit, which is one of the biggest complaints Truck Trend staff have about the Nissan Juke. Additionally, the Kicks concept looks very short, meaning that if it ever goes on sale in the United States, it will likely be among the smallest crossovers on the market. However, that small size would bode well for urban maneuverability, and if Nissan fits the Kicks with a decent engine and transmission (no CVT, please), it could be pretty fun to drive.
According to Nissan, the Kicks was inspired by modern Brazil. As such, it features a technical grey paintjob, with orange accents for the wheels, grille, and roof. The design team looked around them and saw that city environments in Brazil were very monochromatic, which didn’t seem to fit with the colorful culture of the people of Brazil.
"How to combine these two, the more grey urban tones with the bright sunset orange that we would see - this combination we thought was really uniquely Brazilian," said Robert Bauer, chief designer at Nissan’s Rio de Janeiro studio.