2011 Nissan Juke heading for America

Nissan has revealed its all-new small crossover, named the Juke. Designed to offer a refreshing alternative for customers who are shopping in the small car segment of the market, but uninspired by the traditional offerings, Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV toughness and sporting style. Juke will inject some much needed masculinity and dynamism into the small car market.

Juke will be manufactured in Europe at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, England, and in Oppama, Japan. In Europe, its production alongside the Note compact family car and Qashqai crossover is the result of an investment in excess of 60m Euros, which safeguards over 1000 Nissan jobs, and more than 2000 in the supply chain. Sales of Juke will begin in Japan in the summer, with the European and North American launch beginning in the autumn.

From a design standpoint, the lower portion of Juke is pure SUV. It combines chunky wheels, wide tires, extended ground clearance and a robust stance with a top portion that is unadulterated sports car, with a high waistline, slim visor-like side glass graphics and a coupé-style falling roofline. The coupé effect is further underlined by the rear doors which have their handles hidden in the frame of the door.

Inside, the sports car theme continues with a driver-focused cabin dominated by a center console design inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank. Finished in a distinctive high gloss color, the ‘bike’ console adds a sense of fun to the car. Practicality is assured by the rear-opening hatch and versatile luggage area with hidden storage opportunities.

Juke is based on the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform. On front-wheel drive versions, suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear while four-wheel drive models have a multi-link rear suspension modeled on the system found on Qashqai.

The ALL-MODE 4×4-i, is a new development of Nissan’s respected electronic all-wheel drive system and now features torque-vectoring technology to enhance agility and reduce understeer when cornering. As well splitting torque front to rear – up to a maximum of 50:50 – it can now be split from side-to-side across the rear axle, too.

Cornering ability is enhanced by sending increased torque to the outside rear wheel, reducing understeer. In total, up to 50% of the total available engine torque can be sent to either rear wheel. The inclusion of this innovation is a first in the small car segment – a technology that has, until now, only been found on top-of-the-range, premium vehicles.

In Europe, three different engines will be available when sales start later in the year: one diesel and two 1.6-litre petrol units, all fully Euro 5 compliant. At the top of the range is a new turbocharged petrol engine (MR16DDT) with direct injection. The engine is one of the most powerful in its class, developing 187 hp and 190+ lb-ft. The combination of direct injection with a turbocharger provides the power and responses expected from a 2.5L engine with the economy of a smaller engine.

The second petrol engine is a newly developed version from Nissan’s trusted HR-family. Designated HR16DE, the lightweight, low-friction 16-valve unit now has a unique dual-injection system allowing finer metering of the fuel sprays for better combustion and develops 115 hp. Finally, the K9K 108 hp 1.5L dCI common rail diesel offers excellent drivability – thanks to its heady 190+ lb-ft of torque – with good economy and emissions.

In terms of transmissions, the two-wheel drive turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission. Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT transmission, with a six-speed manual mode, will be available on the range-topping all-wheel-drive version of the turbocharged petrol engine. The naturally aspirated 1.6L petrol is available either with a 5-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT, while the 1.5L diesel engine is available with a 6-speed manual.

Lists of standard and optional equipment will be released nearer the on sale date, but expected items such as climate control, leather upholstery, rear view camera and Intelligent Key will all be available to Juke customers along with some more unusual features.

One such is the Nissan Dynamic Control System, a central command and display module which allows the driver to alter dynamic drive settings as well as make changes to more obvious functions such as climate control. The display, meanwhile, shows engine and drive related dials and information.

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  • SG Petch Nissan
    July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Nissan themselves have admitted shunning conventional design in favour of more creative thinking when it comes to the Juke and by the looks of the figures in Japan they have got it right. It is going to be very interesting to see how the numbers do when it is available in America and Europe.

  • Bob
    April 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    My friend told me about the Juke last week and I had a quick look at the Nissan UK website that evening.

    It looked just ‘OK’ to me, but nothing special. The pictures and colours weren’t too clear either.

    However, when I saw it ‘in-the-flesh’ at the Nissan showroom I was absolutely knocked out. It is fabulous looking, the colours are vibrant, the interior is superb.

    Nissan please note … I was nearly put off after looking at the Juke online. Your Juke pages don’t do the car justice. I’m having one.

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