Nissan Juke 2011 for Europe & America
The new-for-2011 Nissan Juke is attracting attention at auto shows in Europe and the United States, and we figured we’ll also give it some attention. Simply another entry into the crossover genre, the Juke tries to stand out for the sake of standing out, with an outlandish exterior design that will either induce stares or puke.
Along with its controversial design, the Juke will be offered with an interesting 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with “DIG” direct injection and an optional torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The motor is good for 187 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual (FWD only) and an “Xtronic” CVT (AWD only). There will also be a base model with 115 hp 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 5-speed manual and front-wheel-drive.
On front-wheel-drive versions, suspension is MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear, while four-wheel-drive models have a multi-link rear suspension as seen in the Qashqai.
The Nissan Juke also boasts an interior with colour-coded front seats, as well as a centre console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a two-coat high-gloss paint. In the rear, this 5-seater has a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor. Available features range from leather-appointed seats and RearView Monitor to Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, navigation system with real-time traffic information and power sliding moonroof. A long list of standard safety features is also available, including six airbags, ABS and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).
Another new-to-Nissan technology debuting on JUKE is the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system. The I-CON system functions in one setting as a controller for the automatic climate control system, and in the other offers a drive mode selector with three different throttle/transmission/steering response settings, namely Normal, Sport and Eco.
The Juke will be built in England and Japan. It is unclear how the Juke will fit into the current European Nissan line-up, where both the Qashqai and X-Trail are sold. However, considering its unexpected U.S. launch and announcement of “global” availability, the Juke may become available in the UAE and other Middle East countries as well eventually.