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Overhauled 2025 Nissan Kicks Grows Larger, Finally Gets AWD

Nissan has updated its smallest SUV in many big ways. The 2025 Nissan Kicks has a new grille that stands out, but there are more updates underneath, where the automaker has added optional all-wheel drive and made it larger inside and out.

The all-new 2025 Nissan Kicks is noticeably larger outside, growing 56 mm to 4,365 mm in length and adding 40 mm in width to become 1,800 mm wide. Its bigger footprint means a more spacious interior, with an extra 43.1 mm of front shoulder room and 38.1 mm more in the back. There is also an extra 22.9 mm of legroom in the back seat, so what was already a big cabin for the class should offer even more occupant comfort.

Cargo space also increases. The hatch now holds 849.5L, up more than 100L from last year, and it will hold 1,699.6L with the rear seats down. A hidden storage compartment under the adjustable two-level trunk floor adds even more storage when needed.

Nissan has added its Zero Gravity seat design to both rows of seats. The seats are meant to better distribute weight and pressure for added comfort on long trips.

A 7.0-inch centre screen is standard, but higher trim models get dual 12.3-inch units for the information cluster and centre display. All versions come with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with the SR Premium trim adding a 10-speaker Bose audio system that now has headrest speakers for both front occupants instead of just the driver. The SR grade also uses touch-capacitive controls for the climate control system and gets red stitching throughout.

Nissan's Safety Shield 360 is standard. The driver assistance suite includes pedestrian detection, auto high beams, blind spot alerts, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane departure warnings. ProPilot Assist, the company's adaptive cruise and lane centring combo, is available on higher trims.

The old 1.6L engine has been replaced by a 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 141 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. That's only 19 extra hp, but 26 more lb-ft of torque. A new CVT promises a better response to throttle commands, and Nissan has added available AWD to the Kicks for the first time to offer more traction.

The 2025 Nissan Kicks will be available at dealers in Canada this summer. Full details, including fuel efficiency and pricing, will be revealed shortly before sales start.