Production of the remodelled "Kicks" had been due to start in December, but will now likely begin around June 2024, the paper said.
Nissan declined to provide specifics but confirmed the delay.
"Due to an unexpected factor outside the company's control, one of our new-model programmes has been slightly delayed," it said in a statement. "We have no further details to share at this time."
Nissan builds the Kicks at its Aguascalientes plant in Mexico for sale in the North American market. The model accounted for 8% of its US sales last year, with about 54,000 units sold, the Nikkei said.
In the United States, the 2023 Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 122hp @ 6,300rpm and 155Nm of torque @ 4,000rpm, mated to a Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The stylish compact crossover features Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard.
The suite of technologies includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist.
There's ample passenger space and up to 1,500 litres of cargo room with the rear seats folded down5– and standard 60/40 split rear seats.
There is also standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on a touchscreen measuring 7 (S grade) or 8 inches (SV and SR).
There are three standard USB Type-A ports, and an available USB Type-C port.
Delivering engaging sound is class-exclusive Bose Personal Plus audio system, available in the SR Premium package.
It features eight speakers, including speakers inside the driver's headrest that help provide a more immersive listening experience.
The 2023 Kicks (SR Premium package) further offers heated front seats and steering wheel, Prima-Tex appointed seats, NissanConnect services, Wi-Fi hotspot, remote vehicle commands like keyless entry and safety features including Automatic Collision Notification.