Nissan has just introduced the new 2018 Nissan Kicks, the newest entry in the thriving compact crossover segment at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Locally, aside from the impending arrival of the Nissan Leaf, there isn’t much for the brand’s loyalist to look forward to yet.

“Facial features” of the new Kicks includes Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille, boomerang head and taillights, a floating roof with a wrap-around visor look that stretches from the front windscreen to the Kicks’ side windows. Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) and LED low beam headlights are standard equipment at the front.

Available exterior features include standard Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) and available LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents. Five two-tone colour combos will be available – white/black, orange/black, red/black, orange/grey and white/blue.

Inside, the “gliding wing” dashboard design houses a 7-inch full colour display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Optional equipment includes the Bose Personal Plus sound system with a pair of Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers located by the driver’s seat headrest. The dash also house the Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM).

Power is sourced from a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine with an output of 125 hp and 155 Nm of torque, delivered to the front wheels through a Xtronic transmission. Fuel consumption is expected to be around 14km/L.

Good ground clearance and small turning radius is to be expected of the Kicks. Rounding up the safety systems are Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB), seven airbags, RearView Monitor with the higher end SV and SR variants adding the Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is expected to retail at under USD 19,000 (RM 77k) and will be available in S, SV and SR variants.