Infiniti ESQ is a Nissan Juke With a Smiley Face

Don't get your hopes up. The Infiniti ESQ is not an all-new model and it will be sold only in China. What you see in the picture above is basically a pre-facelift Nissan Juke Nismo with a different grille, tamed styling and a heap of Infiniti badges inside and out.
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Powered by a 1.6-liter MR16DDT DIG-T direct injection turbo petrol with 197 horsepower and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque on tap, the four-wheel drive crossover SUV comes with a single gearbox - a continuously variable transmission with manual shifting capability for the more spirited driver.

To be officially launched on August 29th at the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show in China, the Infiniti ESQ's strong point is its cabin. It's slightly more posh than what you'll find in a normal Nissan Juke or even an Alcantara-laden Nismo thanks to high quality leather wrapping the sport front seats and door armrests.

Slated to go on sale in the Asian market this October, the Infiniti ESQ is expected to hold a sticker price of ¥200,000, which translates to roughly $32,500 at current exchanges. That's about $9,000 more than the starting MSRP of the US-spec 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo. If you want to go for the bells and whistles model with every little piece of kit onboard, then you should prepare about ¥300,000 ($48,700).
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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