Here are the first full pictures of the new Juke, which Nissan says is a part-SUV/part-sports car alternative to the conventional hatchback – for the urban environment (ie. ideal for speed bumps).
First revealed as the Qazana show car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the five seater Juke will make its public debut at the 2010 Geneva Show.
The Juke will be built in Britain alongside its Qashqai big brother and will go on sale in the UK in October.
Nissan says the design is influenced by rally cars and motorbikes; the main headlights mounted lower on the nose of the car were apparently inspired by the auxiliary lamps fitted to rally cars in the sixties and seventies. It has extended ground clearance and comes in front or four-wheel drive form. In Europe, there will be three engine and manual or CVT transmission choices when Juke sales start.
At the top of the range is a newly developed 1.6-litre Direct Injection petrol turbocharged engine which develops 190PS. The Direct Injection petrol engine in two-wheel drive versions of Juke will be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. On the four-wheel drive version, it will be mated to Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT transmission, with six-speed manual mode.
The normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine powers two-wheel drive versions only, and will be available with either the five-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT transmission option, a different CVT transmission to the one used with the turbo engine.
The final engine choice is the Nissan Juke 1.5-litre dCi turbocharged common rail diesel . 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.
The Juke will be available with the option of four-wheel drive in addition to conventional front-wheel drive. A newly developed all-wheel drive system is based on Nissan’s ALL-MODE 4×4-i electronic technology but which now adds a lateral torque-vectoring capability.
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. By monitoring vehicle speed, wheel speed, gear position, steering angle, lateral G forces and now vehicle yaw rate, torque distribution can be increased to the outside rear wheel in corners to cut understeer and enhance the car’s cornering ability. In total, up to 50% of the total available engine torque can be sent to either rear wheel.
Keywords: Nissan Juke, XTRONIC CVT transmission, Nissan’s ALL-MODE 4×4-i, Nissan Qazana, Geneva Motor Show.