If you felt that the Nissan Juke didn’t quite fit your styling and technology needs, you’re sure to change your mind now with the arrival of the Juke n-tec. This new model is filled with gadgets and has a striking new design. The Juke n-tec, which has a starting price of £16,295, offers more style, better equipment, and an improved Nissan Connect infotainment system that features remote connectivity as standard.
The new Juke n-tec is based on the current Acenta Premium model. It is equipped with bold 18-inch black and silver n-tec alloy wheels covered in 225/45 tires. It also features gloss black B-pillars and door mirrors and black bezels for the bonnet light strips. The interior comes with a gloss black centre console and gloss black door trim.
However, the main highlight is the Juke’s sophisticated range of in-car technology. Offered as standard on all n-tec models is the new generation Nissan Connect system. Nissan Connect is controlled with the use of a big 5.8-inch colour touchscreen. It links up the Juke's satellite navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity for MP3 players and mobile phones.
In addition, the new version uses Google Send-To-Car technology that enables owners to plan and transmit their route to the car before they even exit the house. It raises both the convenience and safety as it eliminates the desire to plot a route when on the move. Furthermore, the improved Nissan Connect system features several innovative features meant to make driving easier. Drivers have total access to Google's comprehensive Points of Interest (POI) database, and they can request weather forecasts, local fuel prices and flight information.
Drivers can make use of the Nissan Dynamic Control System that allows them to choose the preferred driving dynamic modes, as well as change other functions like climate control settings through the central touchscreen. Its other standard equipment includes a reversing camera with colour display, automatic climate control and audio with Bluetooth Compatibility and USB port.
Nissan is confident that the n-tec will be the top-selling model in the Juke range. It will be offered throughout all engine and drivetrain combinations. There are three engines available: one diesel and two petrol. Offered as an option is Nissan's ALL-MODE 4x4i intelligent four-wheel drive with rear axle torque vectoring. Nissan's XTRONIC M-CVT transmission is also available with the high-tech 1.6-litre DIG-T engine. This also comes with a black interior headliner and a dual exit exhaust.
As conceptualized and designed, the new Nissan Juke blends athleticism of a sports car and the toughness of an SUV to infuse a sense of masculinity and dynamism into the small car market. Pierre Loing, Vice President for Product Planning at Nissan Europe, remarked that the Juke combines the best elements of an SUV and sports car, making it compact yet spacious, robust yet dynamic, and playful yet practical.
He noted that while these qualities may contradict each other, they blend harmoniously in the Juke. While principle engineering for the Juke was done in Japan, it boasts of significant input from Europe. In fact, the Nissan Juke was created at Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London, refined at the Nissan Design Centre (NDC) in Japan, and will be produced at Nissan's Sunderland facility in England.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President for Design and Chief Creative Officer, quipped that by fusing combining design elements from two genres, Nissan was able to create a small yet stunning crossover that is both confident and stylish – just like its customers. Essentially, the lower section of Nissan Juke is pure SUV, featuring a robust stance, extended ground clearance and stocky wheels wrapped in wide tires.
Its top section, meanwhile, is a sport car featuring a high waistline, a coupé-style falling roofline and slim visor-like side glass graphics. It also features rear doors with handles concealed in the frame of the door. On the other hand, the interior of the Nissan Juke continues the sports car theme. This driver-focused cabin features center console which drew inspiration from a bike fuel tank finished in a characteristic high gloss color.
Nissan ensured that the Juke is as practical as an SUV by providing a rear-opening hatch and a versatile luggage area with concealed storage. The new Nissan Juke is underpinned by the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform and sits on a 2,530mm wheelbase. Front-wheel drive versions feature a suspension system that includes front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam. Four-wheel drive versions, meanwhile, feature a multi-link rear suspension derived from the Qashqai.