Nissan reveals new top-of-the-line version of the Juke—the Shiro

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2012

Nissan introduces its latest top-of-the-line variant of the Juke. Dubbed as Shiro, which means white in Japanese, the vehicle replaces the successful Kuro limited edition (Kuro means black in Japanese). The Juke bearing the badge features a variety of white details to make it stand out from the lesser models in the lineup.

Its interiors even have a selection of sophisticated white detailing. The white centre console is inspired from a motorcycle fuel tank's shape.

The door panels and window switch surrounds are in white as well. White stitching is evident in the leather wrapped steering wheel, the edges of the leather seats and the gear gaiter. The seats themselves have a double layer fabric with a white background color seen through the perforated leather facing.

The interior also gains advantage from a leather-clad centre armrest with white stitching. This armrest offers additional storage. There are also illuminated chrome-plated sill protectors for the front doors as well as Juke-branded velour floor mats.

On the outside, the Shiro is identifiable by its door handles in satin silver finish, stylish dark-grey 17-inch alloy wheels and mirror caps with a B-pillar in gloss black finish. The Shiro is available in any of the colors being offered on the Juke models. Aside from those, it is also available in a unique hue -- the Nightshade, which is a classy deep purple color.

Shiro is built on the top-of-the-line Tekna grade with prices beginning at £17,695. It comes in three engine options -- a 117PS normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol, the range-topping turbocharged direct injection petrol 1.6-litre DIG-T with 190PS, and a 110PS 1.5-litre dCi. A 4x4 variant and CVT automatics are also available. Deliveries are due to begin on March 1, 2012. The Shiro will be manufactured in Nissan's facility in Sunderland, just like all other Jukes.

Since its introduction in 2010, the Nissan Juke has constantly been a game changer in the compact crossover SUV category. Its strikingly unique, sleek and sporty design has been turning the heads of global car enthusiasts who are seeking relief from the ever-growing predictability and monotony of its B-segment competitors.

And with the introduction of the 2012 Nissan Juke Shiro, the Juke has gained more ground in the race for compact crossover SUV supremacy! Shiro, which means “white” in Japanese, is the color accent theme for its interior cabin. Like its predecessor, the new Juke Shiro comes with Nissan’s standard yet comprehensive and technologically advanced features such as the Nissan Connect, a high-tech media, communication, security and navigation system.

Other similarly impressive features found in the 2012 Nissan Shiro include a Climate Control system, an Intelligent Key with start button, heated front seats, a colour-reversing camera, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights with pre-selected settings and a rear privacy glass for added interior privacy. Furthermore, another standard feature found in the Shiro is the Nissan Dynamic Control System which allows the driver to customize the car’s dynamic functions to his preferred settings.

As for its safety equipment, the 2012 Shiro is equipped with Nissan’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for driving stability, six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist for a safer, more secure breaking power when needed, and lastly, three rear-seat head restraints to prevent neck injuries due to whiplash in the event of collisions.

The Nissan Juke Shiro’s accessory package includes several selected features to complement the white accents of the Shiro’s interior. These include a central armrest with white accent stitchings, chrome-plated front door sill-protectors with accent white LED lights and white-accented velour floor mats. All these features are available globally as standard or as optional accessories for the special edition Shiro, depending on market location.

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Nissan Juke Shiro

Nissan Juke Shiro, a new top-of-the-range version of the hugely successful Juke, has arrived giving greater choice to customers looking for a car that's truly distinctive.

Launched at the 2012 Brussels Motor Show, Nissan Juke Shiro is aptly named. Shiro means white in Japanese, and the interior of the new version is dominated by a number of white flashes. The centre console, inspired by the shape of a motorcycle fuel tank, has until now only been available in red or grey; in Shiro, it's white. It's the same story when it comes to the door armrests which have white cappings.

The leather wrapped steering wheel, gear lever knob and the edges of the leather seats all feature white stitching while the seats themselves have a double layer feature on the squab and backrest with a white background colour that shows through the perforated leather facing.

Against a predominantly black and dark grey interior, the white elements provide a chic contrast and give customers even more opportunity to personalise their Juke.

Externally, Nissan Juke Shiro can be identified by its stylish dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels, the satin silver finish to the door handles and mirror caps and the glossy B-pillar. Although Juke Shiro is available in any of the colours available to all Juke models, it does have one unique hue in its palette: Nightshade, a sophisticated deep aubergine colour.

"Juke is all about individual choice. It's different to other cars in the class and that individuality has appealed to buyers right across Europe. Nissan Juke Shiro, with its distinctive white accented interior, gives those buyers another opportunity to create a Juke that suits their own personal style and taste," said Gareth Dunsmore, Juke Product Manager for Europe.

Nissan Juke Shiro builds on the top Tekna grade and is available with all three engine choices - 81kW (110PS) 1.5-litre dCi; 86kW (117PS) normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol; and the turbocharged direct injection petrol 1.6-litre DIG-T which develops 140kW (190PS). All are front-wheel drive and are coupled to a five- or six-speed manual transmission depending on the engine.

The Nissan Juke Shiro 1.6-litre DIG-T version is also available with Nissan's advanced All-Mode 4x4-i four-wheel drive system which incorporates torque-vectoring technology and which is coupled to the latest generation CVT transmission. The Torque Vectoring System (TVS) - unique to Juke in this class - is designed to limit understeer giving Juke class-leading handling in spite of its higher ground clearance, while still preserving ride comfort.

Comprehensive standard technology includes Nissan Connect - Nissan's advanced media, communication and navigation centre - a colour reversing camera, Intelligent Key with engine start button, heated front seats, Climate Control, automatic wipers and lights, folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass.

Also standard is the Nissan Dynamic Control System which gives the driver the chance to optimise the car's dynamic functions. Safety equipment includes ESP, six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist and three head restraints in the rear.

Nissan Juke Shiro also benefits from a carefully selected accessory package which adds a number of useful features all designed to harmonise with Shiro's white interior features. It includes a centre armrest, complete with white stitching, which also provides additional storage; chrome plated sill protectors for the front door, illuminated in white; and Juke-branded velour floor mats for the front and rear.

Depending on the market, this package is either available as an option or as an integral part of the special Shiro version.

Since its launch in 2010, Juke has redefined the highly competitive B-Segment. Its combination of SUV toughness and sporting style sets it apart from class rivals with its unique design appealing to individual thinkers looking for something different - and the arrival of Nissan Juke Shiro increases the opportunity for them to make a real statement.

Built at Nissan's manufacturing plant in the UK, Juke has inspired customers across Europe and helped the Sunderland manufacturing plant reach an all-time production record during 2011 of 480,485 vehicles. Following in the hugely successful footsteps of its big crossover brother, Qashqai, Juke exceeded all expectations to sell over 136,282 units last year, a number that is expected to be beaten in 2012.

In line with Nissan's philosophy of constant development, a significant engineering change was made to Juke during 2011. Revisions to the final drive ratio of the normally aspirated petrol and diesel models reduced emissions and enhanced refinement by lowering noise levels without affecting the lively acceleration of either car. Emissions from the manual version of the 117PS petrol 1.6 Juke are now 139g/km, while the 1.5 diesel produces just 129g/km allowing it to wear Nissan's PURE DRIVE badge, which signifies a model producing less than 130g/km.

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