Released in tandem with a collection of significant updates to the gargantuan Armada, Nissan has determined to offer the subcompact Kicks a number of elaborations of its personal for the 2021 mannequin yr. While not almost as complete as its three-row sibling, the updates equally construct upon the present platform by making small adjustments prospects had been undoubtedly harping upon.

Outside, the refreshed Kicks will get a brand new grille, fog lamps, hind lights, up to date bumpers, and a few non-compulsory LED headlights. The mixture makes the mannequin appear like a child Rogue and brings it consistent with Nissan’s present design language. There are additionally some novel paint choices with the producer likewise permitting prospects to order two-tone schemes with a black roof.

While hardly the primary to implement dueling exterior hues, it’s good to see the corporate enjoying into one of many phase’s extra fascinating developments. We wouldn’t thoughts seeing two-tone paint provided on extra fashions, offered it’s completed effectively. The Kicks additionally permits prospects to colorize quite a few elements on the inside and exterior, permitting for fairly a little bit of visible customization.

There’s a bit much less being completed to the inside, although we’d think about these adjustments are those drivers will admire most. Nissan has widened the armrest so it may be utilized by the motive force or entrance passenger, revamped the middle console (with extra USB ports), swapped out a few of the vents, and made some adjustments to the upholstery choices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are actually commonplace throughout the board as effectively, with an even bigger 8-inch touchscreen turning into non-compulsory for a few of the nicer trims. A Wi-Fi sizzling spot can be had, together with keyless entry (with distant begin) and a Bose premium sound system.

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But the trim ranges aren’t altering, nor have there been any massive adjustments to its digital security suite. Nissan will proceed providing the Kicks in S, SV, and SR flavors — with the latter having a premium model that defaults to the fancier choices. And the default security options nonetheless embody entrance and rear computerized emergency braking, lane departure warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, high-beam help, and blind-spot warning.

Mechanical elements additionally haven’t modified. The little crossover nonetheless has the 1.6-liter engine producing 122 horsepower and 114 pounds-feet of torque as commonplace tools. While we virtually anticipated to see all-wheel drive making an look, Nissan has opted to maintain the Kicks solely front-wheel drive and has retained its repeatedly variable transmission.

Despite doing little for the automotive’s dynamics, it does permit it to retain its agreeable gasoline financial system figures of 31/36 mpg (metropolis/freeway).

Pricing has but to be introduced however we’ll discover out earlier than the 2021 Kicks goes on-sale date of February. We don’t anticipate the mannequin straying from its present sticker, nevertheless. $19,000 to begin sounds about proper.

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