Nissan Juke Crossover Breaks Cover!

After months of teasing, Japanese carmaker Nissan finally pulled the wraps off its latest crossover, dubbed Juke. Developed from the Qazana concept car, the Juke can be considered as the younger brother of the Qashqai. However, while the latter is sold in Europe, Asia and Australia, the Juke will be marketed in Europe, Japan and the United States.

According to the design team, Juke’s exterior design draws inspiration from a number of sport-related vehicles, including rally cars and motorbikes. But the new crossover also has the Nissan family DNA in the design, with elements inspired from other cars in the Japanese carmaker’s range, such as 370Z and even Cube.

In total, a nine color palette of exterior colors is planned, including two whites, a solid and a pearl, and three shades unique to Juke – Force Red, Haptic Blue and Machine Brown, though the total availability will depend on region.

The Juke is based on Renault Nissan Alliance's B-Platform and has a 2,530mm wheelbase, is 4,135mm long, 1,765mm wide and 1,570mm tall.

Engine wise, there will be 3 engines and manual CVT transmission choices in Europe, when the new crossover goes on sale in the second half of the year. The most powerful unit fitted on the Juke is a 1.6-litre Direct Injection Gasoline turbocharged engine which develops 140kW (190PS) and 240Nm. On the four-wheel drive version, it will be mated to Nissan’s  XTRONIC CVT transmission, with six-speed manual mode.

The second petrol engine, also a 1.6l, is called HR16DE and develops 86kW (117PS) and 157Nm. The normally aspirated petrol engine powers the two-wheel drive versions only, and will be available with either the five-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT transmission option.

Finally, the K9K 1.5-litre dCi turbocharged common rail diesel engine has a power rated at 81kW (110PS) and 240Nm. The diesel will be available on two-wheel drive models with the six-speed manual transmission. For Europe, all the engines are fully Euro 5 compliant.

With Juke, Nissan targets mostly male customers, and is expected to appeal to younger customers, half of them being below the age of 40. Just as expected, there were no details on pricing released yet, but Nissan is expected to do so closer to the market launch.
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