From the Qazana concept car, Nissan’s newest creation was born. A subcompact car was born in the name of Nissan Juke. Unveiled in March 2010, Nissan Juke is a subcompact crossover SUV (small crossover) that sits below Nissan’s Qashqai (Dualis) and above the Nissan Note.
Featuring some unusual design, this small crossover vehicle offered some fresh ideas on the market. Juke’s design seemed a bit weird, but almost instantly began to pull crowds to the dealerships with overwhelming orders.
On the front end, the Juke has a stack of lights, and at first glance, you might think the headlights are the ones on top near the bonnet with a z-shape. You’ll be wrong, the headlights are the big rounded ones below at the bumper. The z-shaped lights above are the turn signals and position lights, whose lenses are visible from inside the cabin as a maneuvering aid. Under the bonnet, there is the curved front grille with headlights fitted on both sides, and below at the sump guard, you can find the fog lamps. When you move to the side and take a look at the Juke, you note the hatchback inspired body, with a slanted roofline that ends at the rear liftgate.
The interior had outstanding details. The Juke comes with motorcycle-style clocks and a center storage bin that imitates a motorcycle fuel tank. The interior space is reasonable, with ease of access to the rear and a lowered seating position that makes it easier to get in and out of the driver’s seat. Depending on the trim, you get Bluetooth audio, MP3 input, iPod or USB connectivity, cruise control, speed limiter, six-speaker Nissan Connect infotainment system, six airbags, ESP stability control, and color reversing cameras.
The Juke is a five-seater with two seats at the front and three at the back. The rear seats can be 60/40 split folded down giving more room for luggage. Front-wheel-drive models have that extra storage area beneath the floor.
The Juke comes fitted with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter HR15DE petrol engine with Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) and Multi-Point Fuel Injection that produces between 73 kW (98 HP) and 85 kW (114 HP) at 6,000 rpm as standard. Some markets were offered different engines such as the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter HR16DE and the turbocharged 1.6-liter MR16DDT petrol engines, and the 1.5-liter Renault K9K diesel engine. These engines were mated with a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual Xtronic CVT or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.