Nissan Juke ready for round two with more in-your-face Juke

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  • Significant cosmetic and mechanical changes, including new 1.2 DIG-T engine
  • Entire range now turbo charged
  • NissanConnect smart phone integration on certain models

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Rosslyn, South Africa,  30 JANUARY 2015 Nissan’s design team has given the world’s first B-segment crossover a concentrated dose of Juke-ness for its 2015 upgrade.

The new 2015 Nissan Juke is set to reach dealers at the end of January and promises to repeat its sales success with redesigned front and rear styling and a significant upgrade in luxury specification.

“The Juke is a surprising vehicle in many respects,” says Konstantin von Vieregge, General Manager of Marketing and Planning at Nissan South Africa. “Apart from its unique styling, the slightly irreverent Nissan Juke has surprised market-watchers with its performance and its appeal to styling enthusiasts of all ages, both male and female.

“This is why more than 500 000 people across the globe have gone for a Juke since its global introduction in 2010. In South Africa, we have maintained a near-300 unit average a month since its introduction in 2011, selling close on 12 000 units in the period to date.”

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Nissan Juke Styling and design changes - Exterior

  • Refreshed bumpers, lights and side mirrors
  • Newly designed and larger wheels
  • Favourite Juke styling cues remain untouched

The refreshed Juke retains many of its favourite elements, such as the sporty sloping roofline, SUV stance and hidden rear door handles, while updating many other elements to align with the current popular Nissan crossover design language.

Viewed from the front, all three levels of lighting have been given more prominence, starting with the fog lights that nestle in a newly designed black air intake and redesigned colour-coded bumper. The rounded fog lights with new clear lenses take centre stage and flank a new grille with grated design and a bolder SUV-style Nissan badge. This badge cue is repeated in the centre console instrumentation and at the back of the car in the diffuser design.

The most dramatic and visually enticing change is found in the uppermost-lights that have been completely redesigned and which joins the family of modern Nissan crossovers with its boomerang shape and integrated daytime running lights – a standard feature across the entire Juke range.

On the flanks the new side mirrors with turn signals are squared off and bolder, and in the Tekna specification integrate, wide-angle cameras that link to the rear and nose camera to offer 360 degree visibility when manoeuvring the Juke.

New alloy wheels complete the packaged and have been inched up from 16” to 17” on all but the 1.2 DIG-T Acenta model and from 17” to 18” on the Tekna models.

The rear of the Juke has been given a similarly dramatic upgrade with a new luggage door with wider number plate area, and the new diffuser and rear air dam have been redesigned to create a wider and more purposeful stance for the Juke.

Other changes to the rear of the car include the new roof-mounted aerial, completely redesigned rear lights that mirror the front lights and pay homage to Nissan street-stars such as the 370Z, redesigned rear reflectors and an exhaust pipe that takes pride of place with new chrome detailing on the Tekna models.

Nissan Juke Styling and design changes – Interior

  • Premium treatment for centre console
  • High level of standard specification across entire model range
  • Luggage storage area now 40% bigger

Step inside and the Juke has retained all of the playful elements that have made it a top seller. The centrepiece remains the painted transmission tunnel, which is inspired by the radical lines of an Italian superbike and hints of the Juke’s nimble road manners.

Designers have also retained the speed-sensitive sport steering wheel with satellite controls the contoured front seats and the large, easy-to-read circular gauges that require a mere glance from the driver to see all the necessary vehicle information.

The centre cluster has, however, received a rethink and has been upgraded to offer a more premium feel. Drivers familiar with the original Juke will still find the I-CON system at hand, which controls vehicle set-up and performance settings, but will notice the premium treatment of every element that falls to hand, just as Nissan has recently done with the new Qashqai and X-Trail crossovers.

The driver will also notice that the entire range has received a specification upgrade. Even the entry-level Acenta model has Bluetooth phone integration, cruise control with speed-limiting capabilities, Stop/Start technology and full climate control. All models in the range also have vehicle dynamic control (VDC) and six airbags, key elements to the Juke’s five star Euro NCAP rating.

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However, the upgrade is not only focused on design elements and specifications. In response to customer feedback, Nissan engineers have redesigned the luggage storage area and lowered the space saver spare wheel to increase the luggage space by no less than 40% from 251 litres to 354 litres. This applies to all models, except the 4WD model, which has to house a rear differential and multi-link rear suspension system.

Nissan Juke 2015 - Engines, performance and technology

  • 1.2 DIG-T replaces normally aspirated 1.6
  • Entire engine range now turbo charged
  • I-CON vehicle control system available across range
  • 4WD and XTronic transmission available on selected models

In keeping with its position as trendsetter, the Juke will now offer forced induction and direct injection across its entire engine range. The range of engines delivers on the stated promise of offering a car with great drivability and engine responsiveness.

The new 1.2 DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbo) engine, which debuted on the new Qashqai replaces the normally aspirated 1.6 litre petrol engine that powered the entry-level Juke models.

The 1.2 DIG-T engine features a turbo and intercooler and offers 85 kW at 4 500 rpm and 190 Nm of torque in a completely flat band from 2 000 rpm to 4 000 rpm, which means that compared with the engine it replaces, the new 1.2 DIG-T gives the driver near 30% of the engine range back to play with under full power delivery.

The new engine offers the added benefit of improved fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100 km, a figure made possible by the standard fitment of Stop/Start technology

The second petrol engine is the highly popular 1.6 DIG-T. Equipped with  the same technology as the 1.2 DIG-T, such as an intercooler, Start/Stop technology and direct petrol injection, this engine has no less than 140 kW at 5 600 rpm and 240 Nm in a wide band between 1 600 and 5 200 rpm on tap. This engine propels you to  100 km/h in 8 seconds and uses 6.9 litres of fuel in a combined driving cycle.

The last of the turbo-charged engines is the equally popular 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine. It is also fitted with an intercooler and has common rail direct injection to offer 260 Nm between 1 750 and 2 500 rpm and 81 kW at 4 000 rpm. The 1.5 dCi Juke reaches 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds and only sips an impressive 4.2 litres of diesel in a combined driving cycle.

The engines are mated to a choice of direct-shifting six-speed gearbox or Nissan’s XTronic constantly variable transmission, depending on the model and engine choice. The XTronic gearbox has been upgraded to offer 17% greater ratio speed and 40% less internal friction, which promises to make this transmission even more popular among traffic-weary city dwellers.

The Juke has also retained the option of a 4WD system with Nissan’s proven torque vectoring system. This system constantly calculates power delivery to all four wheels to neutralise understeer and track the Juke on a more neutral path through fast corners. This system is further bolstered by the fitment of a multi-link rear suspension.

The Juke retains the unique driving control system in the Nissan I-CON system, which allows the driver to select and customise driving modes, with pre-set options for Normal, Sport and Eco driving. The 2WD Tekna model is also fitted with the new NissanConnect system, with 5.8” touch screen and full smart phone integration.

 

Safety and security

  • Juke introduces Nissan Safety Shield
  • 6 airbags, VDC standard across the range
  • Nissan DataDot, immobiliser and alarm standard

The Juke has carried a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating since its introduction, and Nissan has not compromised on its high level of safety specifications with the upgraded model, which includes front, side and curtain airbags and vehicle dynamic control (VDC) across the whole range. The entire Juke range is also fitted with electronic brake-force distribution, brake-assist and anti-lock braking (ABS).

The Juke is secured with a Nissan immobiliser, an alarm system and the Nissan DataDot identification system, which Nissan pioneered and which has now become a regulated fitment to all new vehicles sold in South Africa.

Adding to the long range of safety features is the Nissan Safety Shield. This system is fitted as part of the NissanConnect system on the 1.6 DIG-T 2WD Tekna model and offers Around View Monitor - a full bird’s eye view on all sides of the vehicle thanks to four integrated cameras fitted in the nose, side mirrors and rear spoiler. Interestingly, the rear camera offers a 180 degree viewing angle and given its position on the luggage door can detect when the lens is dirty and clean itself.

The Safety Shield system is capable of detecting and warning the driver of moving objects around the vehicle whilst manoeuvring the vehicle at parking speeds. Once at cruising speed, the system shifts to provide lane departure and blind spot warning systems.

Standard features – New Juke line-up

“One could say that the Juke has not jumped to a higher vehicle segment, but rather has drawn from a higher segment to offer luxuries not common in the B-segment,” says von Vieregge about the increased specifications on all Juke models.

The Juke range now offers 6 models instead of 7, with the increase in specifications reflecting customer choice. This follows a report from Nissan Global that more than 30% of Juke sales were for highly specified range topping models, an uncommon phenomenon among B-segment vehicles and proof of the unique appeal of the Juke among trendsetters and performance enthusiasts.

The Juke range is available in Acenta, Acenta+, Tekna and Tekna with sunroof and NissanConnect options.

 

Acenta

The Juke 1.2 DIG-T Acenta offers the following specifications as standard:

  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • 16” steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Leather clad steering wheel with speed sensitive power assistance
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Cruise control
  • Nissan Integrated Control System (I-CON) with vehicle control settings
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Six airbags
  • VDC, ABS, EBD
  • Isofix baby seat anchoring system
  • Remote keyless access and central locking

Acenta+

The Acenta+ grade is available on the 1,2 DIG-T and 1.5 dCi Juke models. It adds the following key features:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Keyless access with Start/Stop button
  • Electronic folding mirrors
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Two-tone suede-like seat trim

Tekna

The 140 kW 1.6 DIG-T Juke is available in Tekna trim, with the following added features:

  • Auto headlights
  • Chrome tailpipe finisher
  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Leather seats with front seat heaters
  • 6 speakers

 

Tekna with Sunroof and NissanConnect

Nissan has added the following specifications on the Tekna grade for the 1.6 DIG-T 2WD model and 1.6 DIG-T XTronic 4WD models:

  • Sunroof
  • NissanConnect 5.8” touch screen system with smart phone integration, Google Search, Google Voice Commands and Facebook integration
  • Satellite navigation
  • Nissan Safety Shield with four camera Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Blind Spot Warning

Pricing, service plan and warranty information

All Juke models are sold with a 3-year / 90 000 kilometre service plan and a 3-year / 100 000 kilometre mechanical warranty. Prices including VAT.

  • 1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta - R254 900
  • 1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta+ - R277 900
  • 1.5 dCi Juke Acenta+ -  R299 900
  • 1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna - R325 900
  • 1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna with Sunroof and NissanConnect - R354 900
  • 1.6 DIG-T 4WD XTronic Juke Tekna with Sunroof and NissanConnect - R364 900

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