Nis­san un­cov­ers all-new Juke

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Nis­san has ripped the cov­ers off its all-new Juke small SUV, which ush­ers in a new tur­bocharged pow­er­train, up­dated styling and new tech­nol­ogy ahead of a re­lease in Europe start­ing from the end of No­vem­ber.

While it is not yet con­firmed for re­lease in Aus­tralia, Nis­san Aus­tralia has said the Juke is a model the com­pany is very in­ter­ested in, sug­gest­ing a likely de­but some­time in 2020.

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion model re­places the orig­i­nal, which first went on sale in 2013 af­ter a global de­but in 2010, and sees the in­tro­duc­tion of some ma­jor changes to de­sign and tech­nol­ogy.

Only one pow­er­train has been de­tailed for the Juke, namely a 1.0-litre tur­bocharged three-cylin­der petrol en­gine tuned to pro­duce 86kw at 5250rpm and 180Nm at 1750rpm, up to 200Nm with the en­gine’s Over Torque func­tion.

Two trans­mis­sion op­tions are avail­able, in­clud­ing a six-speed man­ual and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto with pad­dle-shifters and a three-stage drive mode se­lec­tor.

Com­plet­ing the zero-to-100kmh sprint takes a leisurely 11.1 sec­onds in the dual-clutch, down to 10.4s for the man­ual, with top speed pegged at 180kmh.

The out­puts of the new three-pot en­gine al­most match those of the out­go­ing en­try-level ST, whose twin-turbo 1.2-litre four-cylin­der unit pro­duced 85kw-190nm, how­ever they can­not match the 140kw-240nm pro­duced by the top-spec TI-S and its 1.6-litre twin-turbo unit.

Nis­san has not yet de­tailed whether more pow­er­train op­tions will be on the way.

Rid­ing on a more rigid plat­form with the use of high-strength steel, the new Juke rides on Macpherson-strut front sus­pen­sion with a tor­sion-beam set-up at the rear.

Styling has been over­hauled with a more prom­i­nent it­er­a­tion of Nis­san’s V-mo­tion grille com­ple­mented by the new, thin LED head­lights and an ag­gres­sive front bumper.

A slop­ing roofline leads to an an­gu­lar rear end with sharply styled tail­lights and a roof spoiler.

Wheel op­tions range from 16-inch steel hoops up to 19-inch al­loys, while 11 ex­te­rior colour op­tions are avail­able, in­clud­ing the ex­clu­sive Fuji Sun­set.

An N-de­sign ex­te­rior pack­age is also avail­able for more ex­ten­sive cus­tomi­sa­tion.

The new Juke has grown ex­ter­nally over its pre­de­ces­sor, mea­sur­ing 4210mm long, 1595mm tall, 1800mm wide and with a 2636mm wheel­base, while ve­hi­cle weight has been re­duced by 23kg to 1212kg.

As a re­sult of the in­creased di­men­sions, in­te­rior space has also ex­panded, with rear-seat knee room up 58mm, rear head­room in­creased by 11mm and 20 per­cent more luggage space, with 422 litres on of­fer.

The Juke’s re­designed in­te­rior is high­lighted by the 8.0-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Ap­ple Carplayan­droid Auto smart­phone mir­ror­ing, Tom­tom sat-nav and live traf­fic up­dates, and in-car Wifi. Own­ers can also use the Nis­san­con­nect Ser­vices app for func­tions such as check­ing the door-lock sta­tus of the ve­hi­cle as well as tyre pres­sure and en­gine oil lev­els.

A 4.2-inch TFT in­stru­ment clus­ter screen is avail­able on en­try-level ver­sions, while a 7.0-inch colour screen can be had on higher-spec ver­sions.

Soft-touch ma­te­ri­als are in­cluded on the dash­board, door trim and footwells, while the mono­form bol­stered seats can be op­tion­ally trimmed in Al­can­tara or leather.

Au­dio­philes can op­tion­ally make use of an eight-speaker Bose sound sys­tem, with two speak­ers in­te­grated into the front-seat head­rests.

Nis­san has in­cluded a range of ac­tive safety tech­nolo­gies on the Juke, which in­cludes au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane­keep as­sist, high-beam as­sist, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and hill-start as­sist.

Other safety fea­tures avail­able on high-spec ver­sions in­clude adap­tive cruise con­trol, sur­round-view cameras, driver at­ten­tion alert, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing and rear cross-traf­fic alert.

Nis­san Aus­tralia can be ex­pected to an­nounce whether or not it will bring the Juke Down Un­der in the com­ing months.

SEC­OND-GEN: Nis­san has un­cov­ered the all-new, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Juke ahead of a likely 2020 de­but.

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