Nissan Juke, as British as a duke?

Nissan has unveiled the new Juke, some weeks before its official launch at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Following the lead its sibling, Qashqai, the Juke is styled to have the appeal of an SUV, but most models will be only front-wheel-drive.

Nissan Juke

The badge may be Japanese, but Nissan are pushing the Juke’s British credentials. It was designed at Nissan Design Europe in London and will be built in Britain alongside the Qashqai. It will go on sale in the UK in October.

The Juke was first revealed as the Qazana show car at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Nissan say the aim was to blend the rugged appeal of an SUV with emotion of a sports car. It also shares its 1.5-litre dCi turbo engine with them.

A 1.6-litre engine along with a new direct injection petrol turbo with 187 bhp power output. The top-of-the range Juke will use this more powerful engine mated to a CVT gearbox and four-wheel-drive.

Nissan Juke interior

Where some cars, with four-wheel-drive on only certain models, miss out on potential luggage space (such as the Ford Kuga) when the rear drive is deleted, the Juke has an additional underfloor space in the back for front-wheel-drive versions.

Under the skin the Juke uses the same platform as the Nissan’s Micra and Note and Renault’s Clio and Modus.
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