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NISSAN KICKS OFF KICKS CONCEPT

| 31/10/2014 | 0 Comments

Nissan Brazil debuted the bold new Nissan Kicks Concept at the São Paulo International Motor Show, Latin America’s largest and most prestigious motor show.

Nissan_Kicks_1The Kicks compact urban crossover concept is the second Nissan design exploration created exclusively for the Brazilian market, following the radical Nissan EXTREM Concept that was one of the centerpieces of the São Paulo show two years ago.

Nissan_Kicks_2Under the leadership of Global Design Center in Japan, the Kicks Concept was a collaboration between Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, California and Nissan Design America Rio (NDA-R), Nissan’s recently opened satellite design studio located at Nissan’s Brazilian headquarters. The Kicks name is intended to express the concept car’s combination of agility, athletic attitude and also its tough demeanour.

Explaining the thinking behind the concept, Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said: “While the Kicks Concept borrows some design influences from EXTREM, we wanted to explore a fresh, unexpected perspective on the future of the urban crossover segment in Brazil.” “It is fun-to-drive, but also a serious vehicle. It’s designed to be a vehicle that has an eye-catching presence, a vehicle that owners would be proud to own and drive.”

Nissan_Kicks_6Speaking about the choices of color for Kicks, NDA-Rio Chief Designer Robert Bauer said: “Gray is an extremely popular color in Brazil, reflecting the seriousness and sophistication of the urban community. So the Kicks Concept features a superfine finish we call Liquid Satin Titanium”. “But we also wanted the vehicle to express the pop and drama that makes life special, so we brushed the Kicks Concept with bold strokes of rich, deep Rio Sunset orange on the roof, wheels and other accent areas.”

Nissan_Kicks_7The concept measures 4,300 mm in length, 1,800 mm wide and stands at 1,600 mm tall. Helping achieve the sense of security and robustness are its fresh proportions, with the wheels pushed out to the corners, a high beltline and cowl, full wraparound glass and high ground clearance.

Nissan_Kicks_3The body also incorporates many signature Nissan design elements such as V-motion grille, boomerang lights, wraparound “floating” roof and dynamic surfacing. Following the new Nissan signature greenhouse look found on Murano and the recent Sport Sedan Concept, the Kicks Concept side glass is wraparound, with flush glass and a hidden B-pillar mounted from behind.

Nissan_Kicks_4Underneath, a rugged skidplate with special Rio Sunset accents helps anchor the body. Layered above it is a matte aluminum-like textured accent that is seen on body side and rear end as well. Capping off the “power with finesse” look are the unique 19-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels. Three separate finish treatments are used, combining gloss black inner surfaces, Rio Sunset accents on each spoke and machine-finished gear-like hubs.

Nissan_Kicks_8Horizontal LED fog lights are mounted in the lower fascia. The headlights themselves are highly detailed, with contrasting polished and frosted sections accentuating the signature boomerang forms.

Nissan_Kicks_5“We are looking forward to hearing the public’s response to the Kicks Concept at its São Paulo debut to see if there is a business case for such a vehicle,” added Nakamura. “While designed to reflect the unique desires of the Brazilian market, we are naturally considering if it would meet the needs of urban-dwellers in other countries around the world.”

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