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by Tim Beissmann

The Nissan Juke will become one of Australia’s cheapest SUVs when it launches next month from $21,990 before on-road costs.

Nissan Australia today confirmed the first details of its Juke line-up, which will comprise three trim levels, two petrol engines, front- and all-wheel drive, and manual and automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) options.

The $21,990 price applies to the entry-level Nissan Juke ST 2WD five-speed manual. The Juke ST 2WD CVT commands a $2400 premium at $24,390. Both are equipped with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 86kW of power and 158Nm of torque.

The mid-grade Juke ST-S is available exclusively in front-drive six-speed manual specification from $28,390, while the Juke Ti-S gains all-wheel drive and CVT, topping the range at $32,190.

The duo inherits the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the Nissan Pulsar SSS, producing a more spirited 140kW and 240Nm.

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Detailed specifications will be revealed closer to the Juke’s October launch, though Nissan Australia executive general marketing manager Peter Clissold promises the quirky compact crossover will be “exceptional value”.

“Each grade in the Juke model range has a compelling mix of standard equipment in a vehicle rich in stand-out styling and dynamic performance,” Clissold said.

The Juke will enter the local line-up below the Dualis, which is the second-most popular small SUV in the country after the Hyundai ix35.

The arrival of the Nissan Juke in Australian showrooms comes more than three and a half years after the car – which shares its platform with the discontinued Nissan Tiida – debuted at the 2010 Geneva motor show.

Read CarAdvice’s Nissan Juke Review.

 

Nissan Juke manufacturer’s list prices:

  • ST 2WD manual – $21,990
  • ST 2WD CVT – $24,390
  • ST-S 2WD manual – $28,390
  • Ti-S AWD CVT – $32,190



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