Nissan Kicks SUV: production confirmed, will be made in Brazil

Nissan has confirmed that it has approved production of a new small city SUV, named after and based on the 2014 Kicks concept.

The new Kicks SUV will go into production first at Nissan’s Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. It will likely share parts with the March (Micra) and Versa, as both as built at the same factory.

Kicks SUVs built in Brazil will initially be sold in that country and across Latin America.

The small SUV will tackle the quickly growing city SUV market with a design that’s handsome, but less challenging and controversial than the similarly sized Juke.

Nissan says that it “continues to study the business case for launching Kicks in other regions”.

Note: Kicks Concept above, Kicks production version below.