Nissan JukeJanuary 7, 2010
Everyone wants all-wheel drive traction at the moment, so Nissan might be coming to market at the right time with its new small Crossover, the Nissan Juke.
It’s based closely on the Qazana concept car, with similarly radical looks, which we think is a great approach, it’s just a shame that the Qazana name wasn’t also retained, as the name Juke is going to invite all sorts of humorous quips.
The teaser image comes one month before the media unveiling on 10th February, followed by its global public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and the UK-built Juke will go on sale from October.
Nissan says that the Juke will “inject some much-needed dynamism into the small car segment, offering European car-buyers an alternative to the traditional, uninspiring small hatchback.” We couldn’t agree more, but this is certainly a turnaround from a company that has made more than its fair share of uninspiring small hatchbacks in the past.
The larger Nissan Qashqai crossover , based on the concept of crossing a family hatchback with an SUV, has certainly been a success, with production having to be increased to meet demand; more than 500,000 have now been produced. The Murano crossover has provided even more of an inspiration for the Juke in terms of its curvy styling.
The Juke will be manufactured alongside the Qashqai, Qashqai+2 (with a third row of folding seats) and the Note at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland.
The Nissan Juke promises to offer all-wheel drive traction in an economical and affordable small car , a concept that will be welcomed by many people in the current big freeze, so it’s snow joke. (Sorry).