KICKING OFF: The right dimensions, right style, right spec and the right time. Nissan Kicks SUV would go well in Australia, but where would that leave the Juke and Qashqai?
KICKING OFF: The right dimensions, right style, right spec and the right time. Nissan Kicks SUV would go well in Australia, but where would that leave the Juke and Qashqai? Nissan

Nissan teases city SUV: come get your Kicks

THE passionate love affair Australia enjoys with small SUVs is in overdrive at present, so word of another model to add to the burgeoning list will get many twitching with excitement.

But this, the Nissan Kicks, may be nothing but a tease. A good looking compact crossover indeed, but it seems this all-new global model may not be destined for our shores, simply due to Nissan's strong representation in the small SUV class already with its Juke and larger Qashqai. And both models are already selling very well, thank you very much.

Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed
Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed Nissan

Even so, this city-sized SUV will ultimately launch in more than 80 countries, so it would be unwise to suggest such a global offering would never reach here, not least due to snowballing small SUV sales in Australia - up 27% last year and already up a further 8% in 2016. We just love the things.

Nissan Australia spokesman Peter Fadeyev said: "We have no plans to introduce it to Australia, but do assess all future models that are available for our market. The Kicks is slightly shorter than the Qashqai, which is performing very successfully."

Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed
Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed Nissan

Styling wise the Kicks looks every inch a Nissan with signature V-motion grille and boomerang head and taillights.

Cabin design looks fresh and technology-packed with a seven-inch colour screen and smartphone connectivity to appeal to a small SUV's core audience, while Nissan says the interior promises best in class rear passenger space, despite that coupe-like roof line. A bit of sportiness is also suggested with a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed
Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed Nissan

On-board technology includes an Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a bird's eye view of the car and to warn the driver of any unseen hazards.

Overall it's a small SUV that would look a fine entry-level product for Nissan in Australia further down the line. Compared to the titchy Juke, the Kicks is a fair bit longer and slightly higher, making it near identical to the Mazda CX-3's dimensions, a small SUV enjoying very strong sales success.

Could Nissan sell it alongside the Juke? Could it serve as its replacement? Time will tell, but many won't care as long as the good-looking Kicks is confirmed for down under.

Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed
Nissan Kicks. Photo: Contributed Nissan

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