2018 Nissan Kicks priced from $17,990

FWD-only model replaces Juke in North America

Nissan has officially killed the Juke crossover in the US and in its place it now offers the less controversial looking Kicks priced from $17,990 - it’s the first new nameplate in the automaker’s lineup in over eight years.

The vehicle is described as having “unique style, personal technology, intelligent safety, efficient powertrain and strong value positioning.”

It is not offered with all-wheel, nor a turbocharged engine - your only option is a variable valve timing 1.6-liter with 125 hp hooked up to a continuously variable transmission. Manufacturer claimed fuel economy is 33 mpg combined.

Three trim levels are offered: S, SV and SR; in base S trim, buyers will be treated to standard Automatic Emergency Braking (opt for SV and SR trims for standard Blind Spot Warning and Cross Traffic Alert) and Around View Monitor, as well as Intelligent Auto Headlights (with optional LED low beams and DRLs).

On the tech front, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen inside, complete with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and you can get an optional Bose sound system in SR Premium trim - it comes with neodymium speakers inside the driver’s headrest.

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