Nissan introduced a significantly revised Nissan Juke compact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. First introduced to the market a little more than three years ago, the Nissan Juke has posted total sales of 420,000 units. Nissan says that Juke is the best seller in the European premium B-segment—outperforming all direct competitors including those from the top German brands—and is Nissan’s second-most popular model in Europe.
|New Juke. Click to enlarge.|
Among the changes in the new Juke are a new design at the front and rear with greater emphasis on both premium refinement and sporty design cues; a new downsized 1.2-liter turbocharged engine offering greater performance, economy and lower emissions; a revised 1.6-liter DIG-T engine; improved four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring System; new alloy wheels; advanced equipment including a new audio system, the latest generation NissanConnect driver-vehicle interface, Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan’s Dynamic Control system, plus the option of a new opening glass roof.
Nissan also introduced the extreme new Juke Nismo RS, a model with more power (218PS/160kW), upgraded brakes, a stiffer body and a limited slip differential on two wheel drive versions.
Engines and drivetrains. Three engines are available for new Juke, with changes to the two gasoline options: one is new and the other extensively revised. The existing 1.5 dCi diesel with 110ps (108 hp, 81 kW) continues unchanged.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed 1.2-liter DIG-T petrol engine, which replaces the outgoing 117 ps (115 hp) 1.6-liter unit, is an advanced turbocharged direct injection engine delivering 115 ps (113 hp, 85kW) and generating 190 N·m (140 lb-ft) of torque. The 1.2L DIG-T is also offered on the Qashqai.
Despite its modest size, the 1.2-liter (1197cc) turbocharged engine offers sharper acceleration and greater torque than the outgoing 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine.
Its lower weight, standard automatic Stop/Start feature and more fuel-efficient operation translates into cleaner and more economical performance. The 1.2 DIG-T engine emits 126g/km of CO2 and has a fuel consumption figure of 5.5 l/100km (42.8 mpg US).
The existing 1.6 DIG-T gasoline unit has been further improved to deliver lower end torque below 2,000 rpm. Producing 140 kW (188 hp), it is already Euro 6 compliant with target emissions of 139 g/km of CO2 for the 2WD versions. Among its new features are a higher combustion ratio (increased from 9.5 to 10.5:1), improved low friction technologies and cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation.
As well as a six-speed manual transmission, new Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD is optionally available with a new Xtronic transmission gearbox which further improves fuel efficiency, acceleration and all-round performance.
All Juke models sold in Europe are built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK where three shifts per day are needed to cope with demand.
Juke has attracted a huge number of buyers new to the brand. As much as 85% of sales have been to first-time Nissan owners, not only making it the highest conquest model in the Nissan range but a model that comfortably outperforms the B-segment average with many of those new buyers downsizing from larger cars.
New Juke will go on sale across Europe in the summer, 2014.