The Nissan Juke crossover will add a quirky look to the Japanese brand’s Australian showrooms after the company finally confirmed the model will be imported.
CarAdvice reported back in June that the Juke was set to head down under after Nissan boss Bill Peffer said it had changed its mind about ignoring the compact vehicle and was investigating the business case.
Nissan Australia made its official confirmation at the 2012 Sydney motor show.
“We can confirm the Nissan Juke will come to Australia, with production expected to start in the third quarter of 2013, and we’re excited about expanding our SUV offering locally,” said Nissan Australia spokesman Peter Fadeyev.
The Nissan Juke will come in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive forms, with the former expected to start pricing in the mid-$20,000 area – positioning the crossover between the entry-level Pulsar and Dualis.
Nissan Australia can choose from three engines for the Juke, which comprise two 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrols and one 1.5-litre turbo diesel. The petrol turbo has 140kW and 240Nm of torque, followed in outputs by the diesel (81kW/240Nm) and the standard 1.6 (86kW/158Nm).