Advertisement

Check Out The 2025 Nissan Kicks Crossover's Coolest Design Details

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

The 2024 New York International Auto Show kicks off today, and last week Nissan kick-started the show’s reveal schedule by debuting the 2025 Kicks crossover. (I promise that’s the only kick pun I’ll make.) Subcompact crossovers aren’t typically examples of especially exciting design, but the second-generation Kicks bucks that trend with genuinely cool styling that has some really interesting details.

In addition to the overall exterior design, which was inspired by football helmets and sneakers, the 2025 Kicks rides on an updated platform and has grown in size. It now uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with more power, and all-wheel drive is available for the first time. The interior is also a huge step forward, with nice materials, lots of available tech features and even a panoramic sunroof.

Ahead of the Kicks’ reveal, I got to check out the new SUV in a studio and chat with Nissan’s design director, who gave me some nice insights into the Kicks’ styling. Take a look through this slideshow to see all of the coolest design details on the 2025 Nissan Kicks, and let us know in the comments which ones are your favorites.

Football Face Paint Lights

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

Fancy multibeam LED headlights are standard, and the three-bar light signature on the top SR trim is meant to look like the face paint worn by football players. Lower trims have chrome accents in place of the running lights.

Ribbed Grille Slats

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

The slatted grille catches the light nicely and is much more interesting than a traditional mesh pattern would be.

Shoulder Pad–Like Sculpted Hood

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

Nissan says the sculpted hood evokes football shoulder pads with prominent, strong bulges rising up to the fenders.

Sneaker Sole Trim

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

The underside of the front bumper has this 3D textured pattern that’s like the foam soles on a sneaker.

More Sneaker Sole Trim

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

The side skirts get the same effect. It’s much more interesting than if these pieces were just plain and smooth, and it shows Nissan really put thought into the design.

Three-Spoke Wheels

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

I mean, who doesn’t look a good three-spoke wheel?

Subtle Kicks Branding

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

The side-view mirror arms have the Kicks script stamped into the plastic.

Floating Roof Design (A Good One)

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik

I know I know, it’s another crossover with a floating roof design, but I think the Kicks pulls it off really well. And that’s an actual third-quarter window, not just a glossy black panel.

Exposed Logo Through The Glass

Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik
Photo: Daniel Golson/Jalopnik