Nissan Australia has completed its triumvirate of Nismo performance models after raiding the last production run of the Nismo Juke crossover.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is a different proposition to the GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo sports cars, but aims to capitalise on the stampede towards SUVs.
It’s also by far the most affordable Nismo model, priced from $37,790 in standard six-speed manual (front-wheel drive) form or from $41,490 for a CVT auto all-wheel-drive variant.
That places it at the top of the MY19 Nissan Juke range unveiled just last week.
The Nismo treatment is both visual and mechanical.
A Nismo body kit for the distinctive-looking, 4.1-metre-long Juke brings a signature red stripe along the sides and front, revised bumpers and a rear roof spoiler. Wheels are no bigger than those on the mid-range Ti-S Juke, though they feature a Nismo RS 10-spoke design.
Inside, the Nismo’s cabin is upgraded with suede sports seats with red stitching, Alcantara steering wheel, various suede and gloss-black trim sections, and Nismo-branded carpet mats and treadplates.
Underneath, the suspension has been stiffened, the front brakes are enlarged, the steering retuned, and there’s a Nismo-specific exhaust system. The Juke’s body has also been strengthened in certain areas.
The Nismo’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is shared with the Ti-S variant but combines revised engine mapping, a higher turbo boost and 98-octane fuel requirement to lift power and torque.
In the manual version, power jumps from 140kW to 160kW and torque increases from 240Nm to 280Nm. The CVT variant is restricted to 157kW and 250Nm.
Fuel consumption is rated at 7.2 litres per 100km for the manual and 7.3L/100km for the CVT.
As with the regular Juke range, the rear suspensions of the manual and auto models differ: a semi-independent torsion beam set-up for the manual and a fully independent multi-link arrangement for the CVT AWD.
Similarly, that also costs the CVT auto version boot space – just 207 litres compared with the 354 litres of the manual variant that benefits from an extra compartment under the boot floor.
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Beyond the Nismo elements, the flagship Juke’s equipment mirrors that of the Ti-S variant priced $7650 lower (from $30,140).
Features include navigation, digital radio, surround view, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, keyless start, and heated front seats.
The company expects the Juke Nismo RS, available in a total of 264 units, to account for about a third of MY19 Juke sales.
Juke sales have struggled in Australia this year, which Nissan Australia blames on the loss of the base auto model – owing to the new WLTP emissions regulations.
The Juke is already eight years old globally, and has been on sale here since 2013.
Nissan Australia has taken a similar time to adopt the Nismo RS variant that debuted in 2015.
The company says it resisted the earlier Juke Nismo R model that was purely an aesthetic upgrade – acknowledging a Nismo model also needed to bring extra performance for the Australian market.
2019 Nissan Juke pricing
- Nissan Juke ST manual $23,490
- Nissan Juke Ti-S manual $30,140
- Nissan Juke Ti-S CVT AWD $33,840
- Nissan Juke Nismo RS manual $37,790
- Nissan Juke Nismo RS CVT AWD $41,490
All prices exclude on-road costs.