Nissan just built upon an already awesome package to make the Kicks even better for 2021

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Nissan’s entry-level crossover Kicks got revamped for the 2021 model year. The Japanese automaker has revised the styling a little bit and added a few more features as part of the standard package. But, other than that, it is still the same. The company’s primary target market for the Kicks is the younger generation, and perhaps that’s why Nissan has opted for tech changes over anything else. Makes sense?

What Are The Changes On The Outside?

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The 2021 Kicks comes with a revised front fascia that includes a redesigned bumper that blends with the Double V-Motion grille. New LED headlights are also on offer and the top trim receives LED fog lights, too. The rear bumper is redesigned as well, but the rest of it remains the same. The base S model rides on 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 205/60 section all-season tires and the SV and SR trims come with 205/55 section all-season tires that are wrapped around 17-inch aluminum wheels.

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What sets it apart from the outgoing model, however, is the new set of exterior shades. Nissan has added three new single-tone – Electric Blue Metallic, Scarlet Ember Tincoat, and Boulder Gray Pearl – and three new dual-tone shades - Super Black with these three new colors – to its existing color pallet. Apart from these, the Kicks is available in:

  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Aspen White TriCoat
  • Fresh Powder
  • Super Black/Aspen White TriCoat
  • Super Black/Monarch Orange Metallic

What’s Different On The Inside?

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Things are pretty much the same inside the cabin as before. The base S model features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, whereas the SV and the SR trims come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard now. You now have a USB Type-C port in the top two trims along with three standard ones. Nissan has also equipped a seven-inch driver information display between the meters in the instrument cluster. Other than this, the other features in the 2021 Kicks include:

  • Keyless Entry
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
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Nissan also introduced a new Premium Package on the top SR trim. This package comes with:

  • Bose Audio System
  • Eight speakers and Amplifier, including one in the driver’s headrest
  • Prima-Tex Appointed Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Security System
  • Tonneau Cover
  • NissanConnect Service

What Powers The 2021 Kicks?

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The Nissan Kicks continues to feature a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that makes 122 horses and 114 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to the front wheels via an Xtronic transmission. For the 2021 model, the SV and the SR trims come with rear disc brakes. On the fuel economy front, the Nissan Kicks delivers 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined.

2021 Nissan Kicks specifications
Engine 1.6-liter, four-cylinder
Cylinders / configuration 4-cylinder / inline
Block / head composition Aluminum / aluminum
Displacement (liters) 1.6 (1,598cc)
Horsepower 122 @ 6,300 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) 114 @ 4,000 rpm
Bore & stroke (mm) 78.0 x 83.6
Compression ratio (:1) 10.4
Spark plugs Platinum-tipped
Maximum engine speed 6,500 rpm
City/Highway/Combined 31/36/33

Nissan Kicks Safety

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The 2021 Kicks comes with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard, and it includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Assist Rear Automatic Braking


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The 2021 Nissan Kicks will arrive at the showrooms in February 2021. The pricing is not revealed, but we don’t expect a premium of more than a few hundred bucks to the existing price. The 2020 Kicks starts at $19,070 and tops out at $21,320. What are your thoughts about the 2021 Nissan Kicks? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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