2011 Nissan Juke Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2010
FAST FACTS
  • All-new compact crossover SUV
  • Exterior styling blends sport utility and coupe
  • Interior styling takes inspiration from motorcycles
  • Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
  • Four-cylinder engines
  • Unique suspension for FWD and AWD models
  • Due to arrive in late 2010

Introduction

2011 Nissan JukeThe Nissan Juke is an all-new compact crossover SUV that made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The 5-door is one of the most unique recent designs from Nissan. It is a style that has been "designed to offer a refreshing alternative for customers who are shopping in the small car segment of the market, but uninspired by the traditional offerings," says the automaker. "Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV toughness and sporting style. Juke will inject some much needed masculinity and dynamism into the small car market."

The Nissan Juke will be available in the fall of 2010 in all markets.

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Design

From a design standpoint, the Juke is pure Nissan. Inspired by the Nissan Qazana concept car, the Juke was developed to give customers a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles, says Nissan. Aside from the trademark Nissan grille, there are traces of the Nissan Murano in the front fascia, the Nissan Altima in the front quarter panels, and the Nissan Cube and Nissan Versa in the roofline.

The exterior styling is split along the beltline. The lower half of the exterior plays off its SUV theme-large wheels and tires lend a muscular stance while a tall ride height offers plenty of ground clearance and improved outward visibility. Above the waistline, the Juke takes on a more coupe-like theme-emphasized by the hidden handles for the rear doors and tapered rear windows.

The interior design takes its inspiration from motorcycles, says Nissan. The cabin instrumentation resides in two distinct pods, each surrounded by high-gloss trim. Without question, the most obvious motorcycle reference is found in the center transmission console. It sits high in the middle of the cabin-looking much like a motorcycle fuel tank-and houses the shift lever. The only conventional aspect of the cabin is found in the second-row seat-a traditional three-person folding bench.2011 Nissan Juke

Hardware

Nissan has not yet released information on the North American Juke. However, the European Juke is being offered with two small-displacement gasoline engines and one diesel engine. One of the gasoline engines is a fuel-sipping 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection and turbocharging. It is rated at more than 180 horsepower-a power level more commonly associated with normally aspirated 2.5-liter (or larger) gasoline engines. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or Nissan's XTRONIC CVT (continuously-variable transmission).

Nissan will offer the Juke with front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). Interestingly enough, each version comes with its own unique suspension. The FWD model has MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. The AWD model, fitted with "ALL-MODE 4x4-i," features a multi-link rear suspension modeled on the system found on the Qashqai (a Europe-only compact CUV).
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