Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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MOTORING 32 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU A raft of tech upgrades allows Nissan’s junior SUV to mix it with the grown-ups FIRST DRIVE RICHARD BLACKBURN N issan knows how to sell softroader­s. Its X-trail is the top-selling SUV in the world, while the smaller Qashqai is a big hit in Europe. Unfortunat­ely, their funky stablemate, the Juke, missed the mark in Australia. Launched in 2013, three years after its global debut, the baby SUV has never challenged rivals such as the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. That could be all about to change, as the new Juke is bigger and better equipped to turn heads in this growing segment. It retains its cartoon-like exterior styling but has a more grown up look and feel. “Based on the fact that this vehicle is bigger, better and bolder than the first generation Juke we have very high expectatio­ns,” says Nissan managing director Stephen Lester. He admits the previous Juke was showing its age, but claims the new model addresses any shortcomin­gs. “It’s a really good offering that from our standpoint encapsulat­es the best parts of the light and small SUV segments, where people may want a little bit of extra room but they may still want a small package and not grow up into something considerab­ly larger,” he says. He says the Juke will speak to a “very broad consumer base”. “You get second car households, you get downsizers and you also get entry buyers,” he says. Competitor­s in the crosshairs include the Mazda CX-3 and CX-30, Toyota’s C-HR and Hyundai’s Kona. Powered by a turbocharg­ed three-cylinder engine matched to a dual-clutch auto, the lightweigh­t Juke delivers lively performanc­e GRANDER JUKE around town combined with impressive fuel economy. But the big news is the car’s armoury of standard driver assistance technology, certain to appeal to first car buyers — and perhaps their nervous parents. Even the cheapest Juke has safety tech you have to pay for on German prestige cars. For $27,990 plus on-roads ($30,490 drive-away), the Juke ST will automatica­lly slam on the brakes if it senses a collision with another car, a pedestrian or a cyclist. It will brake a wheel to keep you in your lane if it senses you are drifting out, check your blind-spot, read traffic signs and check for cars when you’re backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Independen­t crash test body ANCAP awarded it five stars. Spend more on the $33,940 ST-L — which Nissan predicts will make up 50 per cent of sales — and its 360-degree parking camera will detect objects potentiall­y moving into your path. On the freeway, it will keep a safe distance between you and the car in front. In a sign of these increasing­ly tech-conscious times, the headline act on the top-spec TI (at $36,490) is a set of Bose speakers embedded in the front head rests to deliver a more “immersive” audio experience. The new Juke is longer, wider and taller than before and Nissan says there are notable improvemen­ts in knee and head room for rear passengers. Designers have also made the rear door openings wider, while the rear load lip is lower, creating more cargo space. With a load area of 422 litres, the Juke has one of the biggest boots in the class. Nissan claims the new body is lighter and stiffer than before, with thicker acoustic insulation to make the car more composed and the cabin quieter at freeway speeds. The outputs of the three-cylinder are almost identical to Toyota’s C-HR at 84kw and 180Nm, although the Juke is noticeably lighter. The Saturday 27th June 2020 The Be Where Action is! • Gates open 11am • 7 Races (TAB) • Bar (TBA) & Canteen Facilities • Tote & Bookies Available (Capped Attendance) Nothing compares to seeing your winner thundering over the finish line! The Lockyer Valley Turf Club is excited to announce, due to relaxing of COVID-19 restrictio­ns, we are allowed a capped number of patrons to attend our race day. There will be strict protocol in place such as temperatur­e checks at front gate, wrist bands provided for zones and social distancing rules will be enforced. It is important to have these measures in place to protect our racing participan­ts & staff and ensure racing continues through these difficult periods. The club appreciate­s attendees cooperatio­n under these current restrictio­ns. To avoid disappoint­ment we strongly advise to pre-book your tickets, as owners & members will have first preference. To book please call or email the club or visit our website to book online. If bar facilities are available on the day (TBC), it will be table service only & strictly limited numbers so bookings essential. Once numbers are reached, entry will be closed to the public. 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