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2015 Nissan Juke Changes Revealed in Geneva

2015 Nissan Juke Changes Revealed in Geneva

By Jeff Youngs,
Few automakers sell anything like the Nissan Juke, a crossover vehicle that is sized and priced beneath the established compact SUV class. Today, the Juke's competitors include models such as the Buick Encore, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Subaru XV Crosstrek, but several car companies are considering new entrants, most notably Honda. Based on the updated 2015 Juke that Nissan debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the company intends to keep its unusual little crossover SUV on consideration lists thanks to a list of updates1 for the next model year.

Starting with the exterior styling, Nissan has revised the 2015 Juke model's front and rear styling to achieve dual goals of premium refinement and sporty design. Restyled upper lighting elements contain LED running lights, the side mirror housings are fitted with LED turn signal indicators, and new boomerang-style LED taillights are installed around back. Buyers can upgrade the headlights to xenon units for the first time.

Additional design changes include revised front and rear bumpers, a new grille, redesigned wheel selections, and freshened paint colors. A new power glass sunroof option covers 65% of the total roof area, and opens to let the sun shine in.

Inside, the 2015 Nissan Juke features minor trim enhancements and a 40% improvement in cargo capacity for the front-wheel-drive models. The 2015 Juke also features a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-in. color touch-screen display and a reversing camera. It can be upgraded with NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration technology.

Nissan is also planning to offer its Safety Shield suite of technologies as an option for the 2015 Juke, which includes a lane-departure warning system, blind-spot warning system, and a moving-object detection system that can identify when vehicles are approaching the Juke from the side as the driver reverses from a blind parking space. The Nissan Safety Shield package also contains a new 360-degree Around View camera system that provides the driver with a top-down view of the Juke and its surroundings on the NissanConnect display screen.

The new Juke's turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is revised to provide more torque lower in the rev range and is paired with a new Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) designed to improve fuel economy. The optional all-wheel-drive system is also updated for 2015, now equipped with torque-vectoring technology.

Nissan plans to roll the 2015 Juke out in the summer of 2014. The company will confirm changes for the North American market at a later date.

1Nissan qualified the details shared in Geneva as applicable only to European-market models, explaining that changes for the North American Juke would be confirmed at another time.

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