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2025 Nissan Kicks: The Small One Has Grown Up

The 2025 Nissan Kicks gets a modernized design and available AWD.

In the week leading up to the New York Auto Show, Nissan lifted the veil on the 2025 Kicks. This marks the beginning of the second generation of this small SUV. Motor Illustrated travelled to New York to see it up close.


  • The 2025 Nissan Kicks is powered by a 2.0 L four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine.

  • For the first time, the Kicks can be equipped with four-wheel drive.

  • Three versions are available: S, SV and SR.


After introducing the Kicks in 2018, now the Japanese automaker is carrying out a complete renewal of its smallest SUV. Nissan is also taking the opportunity to review the strategy with this model, whose role will change slightly. In a way, Nissan is levelling up with the Kicks, while the Qashqai has not been renewed in Canada at the end of 2023. In the spirit of speculation, we expect a new small SUV to enter the automaker’s line-up and occupy the top rung of the ladder.

Stylistically, the 2025 Nissan Kicks takes a leap forward from the first-generation model. Its styling is more modern and its size is larger. It incorporates the manufacturer’s latest aesthetic elements. The two-tone paint finish remains in the catalog.


Mechanical features

2025 Nissan Kicks | Photo: Germain Goyer

The hood of the Nissan Kicks houses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine. This displacement is larger than that of the outgoing model. Power and torque are rated at 141 hp and 140 lb-ft respectively. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Kicks comes as standard in front-wheel-drive configuration with the S and SV versions. Now, for the first time, the model can be equipped with a four-wheel drive system. This feature is optional for the two above-mentioned versions. It is standard on the SR version.


On board

2025 Nissan Kicks | Photo: Germain Goyer

When you open the door, you notice that the interior has been modernized. While the S and SV versions have a standard 7-inch instrument cluster, the SR version has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system’s touchscreen also measures 12.3 inches.

Compared with the outgoing model, the new Kicks offers more space on board. Shoulder room at the front has increased by 43.1 mm. At the rear, knee room is 22.9 mm greater.

2025 Nissan Kicks | Photo: Germain Goyer

Also, to enhance occupant comfort, both rows of seats now feature the Zero Gravity design.

The 2025 Nissan Kicks comes standard with the Safety Shield 360 package. As an option, consumers can choose ProPilot Assistance.

The price of the 2025 Nissan Kicks has not yet been announced. It will arrive in dealerships across the country later this summer.


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