Having been teased a couple of times, America’s 2021 Nissan Kicks and Armada are about to make their official debut, with the presentation starting today at 11:00 a.m. ET (5:00 p.m. CET).
Expected to mirror the looks of the international facelifted variant, the facelifted Nissan Kicks should feature a larger grille upfront, slender headlamps, and a slightly revised cockpit.
An electrified powertrain is expected under the bonnet, pairing a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline range extender and an electric motor that’s juiced up by a 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery in international markets for a combined 127 HP and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. While this powertrain probably won’t make its way across the pond, we might be looking at the same 1.6-liter unit over here, which is rated at 122 HP and 114 lb-ft (155 Nm) in the outgoing iteration.
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Joining the 2021 Kicks will be the facelifted Armada. Believed to be similar in terms of styling to the facelifted Patrol, it is understood to premiere with an updated grille and C-shaped headlamps, as well as new LED taillights and bumpers.
The cabin of the body-on-frame SUV might feature higher quality materials and more technology gizmos, such as the dual-screen set-up in the center console like the latest Patrol.
We don’t know anything about the engine family yet, but we are about to find out what will power the 2021 Armada. As a reminder, the outgoing model is offered with a 390 HP and 394 lb-ft (533 Nm) 5.6-liter V8, which works in concert with a seven-speed automatic transmission and optional four-wheel drive.