It may not look like it, but the Nissan Juke is a decade old. Which means it’s the perfect time for an all-new model.
The All-new Juke made its debut recently and while it’s not as extreme as its predecessor, it’s still a funky-looking thing.
The previous design obviously resonated with customers, because Nissan sold nearly one million globally.
“Nissan Juke is back with its unique identity, even more character, exciting performance and advanced technology that responds to driver needs,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan Europe vice president, product planning. “The new design and exciting driving experience will appeal to the growing number of customers opting for compact crossovers. The Juke has grown up, while still retaining the fun-to-drive qualities that have always made it stand out.”
In terms of design it will likely remain the quirkiest member of the crossover pack. It boasts larger dimensions and an athletic stance, striking 19-inch alloy wheels and coupé style ‘floating roof’ design. Equipped with full LED technology as standard, the latest JUKE retains its iconic circular headlamps but with a new Y-shaped signature which complements Nissan’s V-Motion grille.
On the inside the Juke is roomier all round. The boot is 20% larger.
Nissan say the reimagined interior offers style and comfort boosted by improved driver positions, increased rear roominess and more user-friendly controls and storage. New soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and foot-wells offer a premium feel, complemented by standard monoform sporty seats and optional Alcantara or leather upholstery.
Only one engine is currently available. It’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine with 86kW on tap. It can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, the new model is the most connected Nissan ever, empowering the driver with their own command centre.
Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT technology, which offers electronically assisted steering, acceleration and braking, will be available on the Juke for the first time. Designed for highway use in single-lane traffic, ProPILOT makes long commutes and heavy traffic easier.
In addition, Juke offers a full package of safety technologies, including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Intervention as a Nissan premiere that is unique to the segment. Blind Spot Intervention warns the driver when a car gets into its blind spot and brings JUKE back in the lane.
With the new NissanConnect infotainment system, customers can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to mirror their favourite smartphone apps on the eight-inch touch screen display. Drivers can also access TomTom Maps & Live Traffic or activate their on-board Wi-Fi Hotspot to allow passengers connecting their laptops or tablets.
The all-new Nissan Juke has not been confirmed for South Africa yet.