Japanese firm offers a thinly veiled look at its new compact crossover that's destined for South America
Darren Moss
28 October 2014

Nissan has unveiled its new Kicks concept car ahead of the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil.

The Kicks offers a thinly veiled look at a new production compact crossover model, which will go on sale in the Brazilian market, and follows on from the Extrem concept that made its debut in 2012

Nissan says the Kicks is targeted towards "today's fast-moving Brazilian professionals," and offers "a design that is both aspirational yet attainable - a vehicle that is rugged enough to handle the reality of Brazilian back roads but that is sporty, sophisticated and business-like with year-round utility."

Designed by Nissan design studios in both North and South America, the Kicks concept features traditional SUV styling traits, including a raised ride height and muscular front and rear bumpers. The model also uses Nissan's V-shaped front-end design, as well as elements taken from the new Murano and the Sport Sedan Concept

The concept sits on 19-inch alloy wheels, and measures 4300mm long by 1800mm wide, with a height of 1600mm. No information about the Kicks' powertrain has been revealed, but the Extrem concept borrowed its mechanicals from the Nissan March (Micra).

While already confirmed as not coming to the UK, Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura says the firm is "naturally considering if it would meet the needs of urban-dwellers in other countries around the world.

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