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2018 Nissan Kicks is a Brazilian-designed Juke replacement

It's a bit less quirky than it used to be, but it packs solid tech and it has more space for people and cargo alike.

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Slotting in below the Rogue Sport, the 2018 Kicks expands on the Juke's dimensions without stepping on its bigger brother's toes.

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Looks-wise, it stays true to the Kicks Concept that first appeared back in 2014.

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Its 1.6-liter I4 puts out 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a CVT.

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Whereas the Juke earned 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, the Kicks is estimated at 33 mpg combined.

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There is no all-wheel-drive option.

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Safety-tech wonks will be pleased to hear that the Kicks comes standard with autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning.

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SV and SR trims add blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

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The Kicks comes with just one infotainment setup -- a 7.0-inch screen that packs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although you have to move up to the mid-grade Kicks SV to get those two connectivity options.

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Three USB ports are standard, as is Bluetooth and a backup camera.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks goes on sale in the spring, and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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Keep on scrolling to check out even more pictures of Nissan's latest cute-ute.

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