Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the release of the new KIX mini
sport utility vehicle (SUV), which went on sale today at Nissan dealers
Marketed under the tagline of “SHIFT_Active,” the KIX is a compact,
dependable, high-utility SUV designed for people with active
lifestyles. In fact, the name KIX is derived from “kicks,” an American
slang term for “an exciting or highly enjoyable activity.” In addition,
“X,” in mathematics, refers to an “unknown quantity” – reinforcing the
idea that the new Nissan KIX offers owners the potential for spirited,
exciting experiences and adventures yet to come.
Rugged Exterior, Comfortable and Practical Interior
The KIX’s exterior styling expresses the tough, rugged looks that are a
hallmark of all Nissan SUVs. The rugged-looking front grille continues
Nissan’s signature SUV design. It features vertical lines and a gun
metallic finish, a look complemented by the massive, body-colored
bumpers. In the rear, the hard spare tire half-cover is designed around
the motif of an auxiliary fuel tank. The KIX comes in six attractive
body colors, including Medium Gray Metallic (M).
Inside, the KIX interior projects a refined, sporty image based on a
black monotone color scheme, which imparts a sporty, refined
impression. The versatile seating arrangements and luggage area, with
an abundance of handy storage areas, attests to the meticulous
attention paid to convenience and functionality. Covering the seats is
a sporty-looking black fabric adorned with blue points.
The KIX also offers high eye point (1,399 millimeters from the ground),
which gives the driver excellent forward and rearward visibility,
making the KIX easy to drive.
Outstanding All-Around Performance
Powering the Nissan KIX is the A430 intercooled turbo inline 4-cylinder
engine. This refined single overhead camshaft (SOHC) 16-valve engine
delivers powerful and smooth performance in all types of situations,
from around-town driving to expressway cruising or navigating mountain
KIX’s wide track and a long wheelbase ensure excellent straight-line
stability and outstanding ride comfort. The front strut suspension is
combined with a 5-link coil-spring rear suspension to provide improved
ride quality, handling and stability for greater driving comfort.
Thanks to its compact body and transversely mounted engine, the KIX
achieves a minimum turning radius of 4.8 meters for nimble
Along with the exceptional driving performance provided by the
efficient turbocharged engine, the KIX is fitted with an easy-to-select
4WD system for superb dynamic performance at all times. Changing
between 2WD and 4WD operating modes is made easy by the transfer case
In addition, the combination of ample road clearance (approach
angle: 38°, departure angle: 46°, and minimum ground clearance: 195 mm)
and large 15-inch diameter tires helps KIX deliver impressive
rough-road driving performance.
The KIX is supplied to Nissan by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation under an OEM agreement.
Sales target: 300 units/month
Price range: 1,402,800 yen to 1,591,800 yen, including consumption tax
Sales launch events: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (national holiday), November 1-3, and Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2008