BY YESMAN ANTOH-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, GHANA, ACCRA- WARDSAUTO NAMED the 2019 Nissan Kicks compact SUV to its list of ‘10 Best Interiors’ at the New York International Auto Show.
After a rigorous evaluation of 32 vehicles with new or significantly redesigned interiors, the Kicks stood out for several attributes, including having the lowest price-as-tested MSRP of the entire field at $23,3301.
The starting price for the Kicks S FWD with Xtronic transmission is $18,6401.
The panel of eight Wards Auto editors also acknowledged Kicks for its high quality stitching and soft surfaces on the instrument panel ‘befitting a more expensive vehicle,’ as well as its available Intelligent Around View® Monitor, which they found “handy in tight spots and which used to be available only in Infiniti luxury cars.”
They also noted the available Bose® Personal Plus Audio System that includes driver’s headrest-mounted speakers.
The Programme Design Director of Nissan Design, Nissan Motor Co. Limited, Irie Shinichiro said the new “Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price,”
“It’s an honor to be selected by the interior experts at Wards – a big award for the smallest and most affordable vehicle in our extensive Nissan crossover and SUV lineup,” Schinichiro stated.
The interior provides ample passenger space throughout the cabin, including best-in-class front seat legroom. Kicks also offers an EPA-rated 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.
Kicks has modern and simple wide instrument panel design is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with available Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the class exclusive Bose® Personal® Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® Ultra Nearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks driver’s seat headrest. Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM).
Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking3 is standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and Rear-View Monitor. Kicks SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Kicks is offered in three models: Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Each is equipped with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission, fuel economy4 is rated at 33 mpg combined.
To find out more about the 2019 Kicks and the complete Nissan lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.
BY YESMAN ANTOH, NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, BUSINESS & POLITICAL, GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT