2025 Nissan returns with stronger looks, more power and AWD

 

The subcompact crossover has grown in size, offering a more spacious and technology-rich interior.

 2025 Nissan returns with stronger looks, more power and AWD
Nissan unveiled an all-new generation of the Kicks subcompact crossover, boasting significant improvements across the board. This iteration is larger, offers more space for passengers and cargo, packs a more powerful punch under the hood, and is loaded with new features, including the introduction of all-wheel drive as an option for the first time in the Kicks lineup. Has been highlighted.

More powerful engines and AWD options

Starting with the mechanical components, the 2025 Nissan Kicks is available exclusively with a new naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 139 hp (104 kW/141 PS) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm). Generates torque. This represents a significant increase of 17 hp (13 kW/17 PS) and 26 lb-ft (36 Nm) compared to the previous generation’s 1.6-litre unit.

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The non-electrified powertrain is paired with the latest version of Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox (CVT), which distributes power to the front or all four wheels. The optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System, available across the entire lineup, stands out as a key feature of the new generation. With a “Snow” driving mode and 8.4 inches (213 mm) of ground clearance, it enhances the crossover’s capabilities for light off-roading.

Larger footprint and boxier styling

The 2025 Nissan Kicks has a boxier and more robust appearance than its predecessor. Taking inspiration from the Chinese-spec Nissan Pathfinder, its front end integrates horizontal LEDs seamlessly within a large black-finished area around the grille. While the profile displays less sculpture than before, it has a sportier greenhouse design attached to the rear glass. At the rear, the uniquely shaped LED taillights blend seamlessly with a black trim that’s reminiscent of the similarly sized Alfa Romeo Milano.

The subcompact crossover measures 171.9 inches (4,366 mm) in length, 70.9 inches (1,801 mm) in width, and 64–64.2 inches (1,626–1,631 mm) in height. Interestingly, there is little change in the wheelbase, which stretches to 104.6 inches (2,657 mm) for FWD models and 104.9 inches (2,664 mm) for AWD versions.

More technology and more space inside

These figures make it 2.8 inches (71 mm) longer, 1.6 inches (41 mm) wider and 0.8 inches (20 mm) taller than the previous generation, resulting in a more impressive road presence and a more spacious cabin. It also offers an additional 1.5–1.7 inches (38–43 mm) of shoulder room, 0.9 inches (23 mm) of rear legroom, and a more practical boot with a flexible luggage board and a hidden storage compartment below.

The dashboard has a straightforward layout, with a digital cockpit and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The entry-level model has dual 7-inch displays, while the flagship trims have a larger 12.3-inch screen. Nissan’s decision to use touch-sensitive controls for the climate system won’t appeal to all buyers who are accustomed to traditional buttons. Depending on the trim, you can enjoy four USB-C ports and a wireless charging pad, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The 2025 Nissan Kicks is offered in three grades – S, SV and SR. Additionally, buyers can opt for two premium packages, which include features like a panoramic sunroof and a Bose audio system with 10 speakers, including a system integrated into the front headrests.

All trims come standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 ADAS suite, which includes Intelligent Cruise Control. The flagship SR trim offers a more sophisticated ProPilot Assist system as an upgrade.

The 2025 Nissan Kicks wowed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn today ahead of taking the stage at next week’s New York Auto Show. Sales are scheduled to begin in late summer for both the US and Canada, and pricing will be announced closer to launch. Considering the upgrades, it would not be shocking if the 2025 Nissan Kicks turns out to be more expensive than its predecessor, whose price started at $20,790.

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