Nissan says the Juke is the joining of compact SUV and sports car and it will challenge small car traditions. The Juke will be built in Japan and Europe and will find it self all over the world (Australia is a likely cadidate in the future).
The Nissan Juke aims to target the buyers who are interested in a car which can inject some much needed masculinity into the small car market.
"In the last five years we have enjoyed significant growth in a crowded European market. This has been achieved by challenging traditional patterns and moving away from the C and D segments. Instead, we have pioneered the introduction of crossovers. We started with Murano and then, in higher volumes, with Qashqai - a car which has far exceeded our expectations. Sales have exceeded half-a-million in Europe in less than 3 years," said Colin Dodge, Executive Vice President.
From the mid point down the Juke is essentially an SUV with big wheels, good ground clearance and wide tyres, however the top part of the car is supposedly a sportscar, given its high waistline, slim visor-like side glass graphics as well as a coupé-style falling roofline.
Some interesting exterior design features include the rear doors which have their handles hidden in the frame of the door.
Sitting inside the cabin of the Nissan Juke is a nice place to be with the focus primarily on the driver, Nissan says the centre console design was inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank.
The Nissan Juke is another result of the successful Renault Nissan Alliance, this model is built on the B platform and has a 2530mm wheelbase, measures 4135mm long, 1765mm wide and 1570mm tall.
It will be offered in both front and all-wheel drive, for the front-wheel drive versions it makes use of MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear. If you opt out for the more expensive all-wheel drive model, it will come equipped with a multi-link rear suspension modelled on the system found on Nissan Dualis.
Nissan's new All-mode 4x4-i, can split torque front to rear (50:50) and also side-to-side across the rear axle, too. Helping reduce both under and overstear.
For the European market the Nissan Juke comes with a choice of one diesel and two 1.6-litre petrol units.
For those wanting maxium performance the top-of-the-range engine is a new turbocharged petrol (MR16DDT) with direct injection. It puts out an impressive 140kW and 240 Nm.
The second choice petrol engine, the HR16DE, is a 16-valve unit makes 86kW (no torque figure released). Of course if you want a diesel, the Nissan Juke comes with a K9K 81kW (110PS) 1.5-litre dCI common rail that spits out 240 Nm of torque
For the two-wheel drive turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine Jukes, a six-speed manual transmission is the only choice whilst Nissan's XTRONIC CVT transmission with the option of engaging a six-speed manual mode will be available on the all-wheel-drive version of the turbocharged petrol engine.
The naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol can be either equipped with a 5-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT, while the 1.5-litre diesel engine is available with a 6-speed manual.
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