The Nissan Kicks concept car will debut at the Sao Paulo auto show, previewing a new SUV for Brazil, South America and, possibly, beyond.

Nissan Kicks Concept - front

Measuring 4.3 metres from nose to tail, the Kicks is significantly larger than the 4,125mm Juke, but not that much smaller than the 4,370mm Qashqai.

The Kicks' 2,620mm wheelbase is just 26mm shy of the Qashqai's, while both cars are 1.8m wide. The Kicks, with its roof racks inclusive, stands 1.6m tall.

Nissan Kicks Concept - rear

Unlike the slightly larger Qashqai, which isn't available in Brazil, the Kicks has a much more chiselled and masculine appearance. Nissan's new design playbook is also very much action, with a floating roof, kinked window line and a dipping-then-rising shoulder much like those featured on the Sport Sedan concept and the new Murano.

The concept car rides 19-inch alloy wheels, but Nissan is staying mum, for now, on the car's engine and drivetrain details.

Nissan Kicks Concept - roof

If the Kicks makes its way into production, it will be the second SUV in Nissan's Brazilian range, slotting in above the people-mover based Livina X-Gear, which while only 4,275mm long has wheelbase that's only 20mm shorter than the Kicks.

Expect fewer LED elements, larger wing mirrors, framed door windows and door handles that aren't flush in any future production version.