Nissan’s Juke 2.0 is still a daring design
This new version of the car which established Nissan’s presence in the compact crossover market rides on Renault’s CMF-B platform, which it shares with the current Renault Clio and Captur.
Although the styling isn’t quite as outrageous as Nissan’s original Juke, it remains a daringly designed vehicle with the same dual headlight design and a Y-shaped grille. Nissan’s design goal was to create a compact crossover which was roomier inside and retained the distinct presence customers have come to expect from Juke. To that end the Juke has grown by 85mm nose-to-tail, 35mm across and stands 25mm taller. Despite the increase in size, it is 23kg lighter.
Those stretched dimensions yield a cabin architecture which creates a passenger environment that offers 58mm more rear knee room and 11mm greater headroom. Luggage capacity has swelled to 422-litres, which is an improvement of nearly 20% over the first-generation Juke. The Juke features an array of advanced technological features. These include electronically assisted steering, acceleration and braking. There is intelligent autonomous braking too, with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Connectivity is comprehensive too, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, controlled via an eight-inch touchscreen. Nissan will offer eleven different colours with its new Juke, and wheel sizes up to 19-inches. Powering the new Juke is a 1-litre turbocharged triple, boosting 86 kW, with two gearbox options: either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch.