Rich in innovation, new power plants, extensively revised B-platform and engaging I-CON command module
Trendy and unconventional interior and sexy Sport Crossover exterior focussed on fun
An exciting alternative to B-segment norms energising buyers across the globe
Technologically advanced information display and I-CON command system
DIG-T 1.6 offers ample thrust and excellent fuel economy
The new Nissan Juke clearly showcases Nissan’s intense focus on research and development, its spirit of innovation and bold thinking. It incorporates a range of new technologies and design attributes in striving to deliver a complete urban driving package. These latest solutions are infused in every aspect of the new model, from the platform itself to the drive train and interior systems.
In building a car which fulfils so many different functional criteria without ever losing sight of the active, lifestyle-oriented target customer Nissan has gone to great lengths to hone every element of the experience as a whole to suit the youthful and exuberant nature of the Juke. From the interior and exterior aesthetics to the dynamics the new Juke is concentrated fun.
The Juke is based on a revised version of the familiar B-Platform, which is used in various models across the Renault-Nissan Alliance. However for this Sport Crossover a number of specific adjustments have been made to accommodate the unique needs of this unconventional product. The front and rear track for instance is the widest yet fitted to the B-Platform at 1525mm, and allows for the fitment of sporty 17” alloys with positive impact to the grip, poise and stance of the Juke.
The front McPherson strut suspension remains as is, but is mounted to an all-new cradle type front subframe which enhances the lateral rigidity of the platform. The base platform itself has also been lengthened, widened, and is more rigid yet lighter than ever before to improve safety, refinement, and fuel efficiency.
With a significantly more torsionally rigid structure to work from, the suspension arrangement can be highly dynamic without compromising on refinement, while the more generous proportions endow the Juke with a commanding road stance and an ideal base to keep the sculpted body composed in all situations. And a light structure delivers similar advantages, requiring less energy burned in fuel for more acceleration and producing less momentum to fight against through the bends.
What’s more the chassis utilises a new ring structure connecting the upper body to the rear suspension assembly, while an electronic coupling for the torsion-beam rear axle delivers new levels of refinement without sacrificing agility. As a Crossover the Juke had to meld sporty with high levels of sophistication, and these revisions allow it to deliver the best of both worlds.
“For the Juke, the B-Platform has been entirely customised to deliver the unique blend of practicality, performance, and efficiency which the vehicle itself encapsulates into one modern package. Taking this route provides Nissan and its customers with the advantages of effective leveraging of Alliance resources while also making certain that the result is a drive unlike any other, and the Juke is in a league of its own because of these fundamental tweaks,” explains Nancy Reddy, Product Manager for Juke at Nissan SA.
The Juke will be powered by a choice of two petrol models, a 1.6-litre 16-valve four-cylinder evolution of the popular HR engine series, and a new 1.6-litre DIG-T turbocharged and intercooled motor providing the ample twist for the range topping model.
The naturally-aspirated unit produces 86kW and 157Nm, and with a 5.7% improvement in economy over previous generation versions displacing the same capacity. Helping it achieve this result are low-friction manufacturing techniques like the use of DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating for the valve lifters, and the adoption of new pistons with revised crowns and an integrated oil jet cooler.
Other significant changes include a larger exhaust manifold, retuned intake manifold, twin VTC (Variable Timing Control), improved intake tumble flow and a new catalyst with hexagon cell formation. The optimised air management improves low end engine response while also delivering more power for less fuel burned.
The fuel delivery system on the HR16 normally aspirated engine is a new dual-injector design, with two injectors for each cylinder each with smaller nozzles providing a finer and more precise spray of petrol into the combustion chamber, resulting in a more complete combustion profile and further improvements in overall efficiency.
Also displacing 1.6-litres, the Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder petrol engine in higher performance Juke derivatives produces exceptional power and torque for its class – 140kW and 240Nm. This engine also employs the twin VTC which adjusts timing on both intake and exhaust cycles to improve low end response, while a degree of overlap allows Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) for reducing emissions.
Nissan has employed its DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating as well as mirror-finish camshafts to reduce internal friction in this high performance motor. The result is an engine which delivers performance comparable to a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated competitor at a much more modern rate of fuel consumption.
Funky and functional driver interface
As well as fitting motorsport-inspired instruments for an even sportier interior ambience, the Nissan Juke also debuts the new Nissan i-CON driver control and information module. Housed in the centre console this module adapts different displays with distinct colouring and customised button mapping as you switch through the different operating modes. In its default mode you can adjust the climate control settings, while in D-Mode these buttons change to Normal, Sport, and Eco driving modes, each selection altering the throttle maps, steering effort and even air-con performance to suit.
The same I-CON display unit also provides a full range of driving data in its on-board computer mode, displaying average speed, fuel economy, journey times and so on. Finally general car settings such as the sensitivity of the automatic headlights can also be set through the module.
“It brings a sense of real interactivity with the car into the cabin. Something that’s modern, functional, clever and fun all in one unit. Once again, it fits in perfectly with the character of the Juke,” adds Reddy.
Modern art in appearance and design
Nissan has gone to tremendous lengths to ensure that the Juke is as thoroughly modern beneath its skin as it looks both from outside and in the funky cabin area, by incorporating several new technologies all of which boost the raw fun appeal and efficiency of the vehicle.
Along with the highly stylised cabin architecture featuring a centre console derived from the fuel tank of a superbike and armrests shaped to resemble the flippers of a scuba diver, the I-CON command module brings a futuristic centre point just as focussed on delighting the driver and occupants as the energised aesthetics.
“The new Nissan Juke is a car which focuses intently on delivering a driving experience which is ultra-modern and very heavy on sheer enjoyment, without compromising efficiency or practicality in the process. It deploys its considerable technology and seductive charms all at once to deliver precisely the kind of urban front-runner the customer of today craves, a multi-skilled energy with magnetic grace, dynamic poise, smooth and efficienct power and a fashion statement of an interior built to exacting standards of quality and characteristic Nissan robustness.”
“It is the epitome of the modern car industry, customer-led but technology-driven,” concludes Reddy.