2011 Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Nissan Juke Nismo Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 29, 2011

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd has launched the Nissan Juke Nismo concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept exudes the possible look of the premium sports variant of the popular compact crossover. Although the characteristic styling of the Nissan Juke has redefined the highly competitive B-segment, the Juke Nismo Concept is much more dramatic, as it is wider, lower and has a tougher bearing.

Even on display, one can identify the concept as a performance vehicle. Juke Nismo Concept amplifies the standard vehicle's one-of-a-kind combination of compact automobile agility, SUV strength and coupe-like responses.

The vehicle is in signature Nismo colors of pearl white with red highlights. The Juke Nismo Concept features a body kit made by aerodynamic specialists of the company's Nismo performance arm.

Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the Juke Nismo Concept body kit is also designed to be dynamically highly efficient. New components include revised bumpers, wider fenders and sill side skirts.

To control airflow more efficiently, the tailgate spoiler has been revised with the addition of side elements. Also, the grille pattern has been changed.

The shape of the door mirrors has also been modified in order to boost the vehicle's aerodynamic performance and to lessen front and rear lift without increasing drag. With reduced lifting, the contact patch of the tires has been increased to enhance the grip, which is further boosted with the stylish new 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Nismo treatment expands to the chassis, which has been stiffened and lowered, thanks to the proprietary components of the sort that will be available from the expanded Nismo's parts catalogue. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre direct injection turbo gasoline engine has been also been upgraded to provide more performance and power.

Taken from the perspective of design, the top portion of the Nissan Juke is clearly a sports car with the falling roofline styled similar to a coupe, visor-like slim graphics of the side glass, and the high waistline. Its lower portion however, with the robust stance, higher ground clearance, and heavy wheels with the wide tires, is clearly a pure SUV.

That is has features similar to a coupe is highlighted by the rear doors whose handles have been cleverly hidden within the door’s frame. This new offering from Nissan makes use of the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform and thus gives the Juke a wheelbase of 2,530 mm. For the front-wheel drive version of this model, the front part of the suspension has the MacPherson struts with the rear portion having the torsion beam.

Four-wheel drive models meanwhile will have the multi-link rear suspension, the same system fitted in the Qashqai. The brand’s celebrated all-wheel drive system that is electronically controlled has developed the All-Mode 4x4-i which utilizes torque vectoring technology in order to lower understeer while cornering. It also improves the agility.

The sports car motif of the exterior is carried all the way inside as the cabin is now more driver-focused and is dominated with the motorcycle fuel tank-inspired design on its center console. This bike console puts in that sense of fun to this vehicle considering that is has been finished with a high gloss color. While the design is indeed excellent, the practicality continues to be present in the luggage area, which by itself is highly versatile. Aside from the rear-opening hatch, there are a number of other hidden storage opportunities.

U.K. sales for the Juke are scheduled to start in October with Europe expected to begin sales later in the year. Once it does so, there will be 3 different engines types to be offered. Two of these are 1.6-liter petrol units with the third one being the diesel unit.

Even then, Nissan has guaranteed that all three options are Euro 5 compliant. The first engine is the K9k dCi 1.5-liter common rail diesel engine. Due to the excellent peak torque at 240 Nm, it is able to deliver amazing drivability while continuing to have good fuel economy and better emissions.

The second engine, and the first petrol unit, was made by the brand’s HR-family and assigned as HR16DE. It is lightweight with the 16-valve now experiencing low friction. These engines also come with a dual injection system which ensures finer and better metering of its fuel sprays and therefore allows better combustion and even go for 86 kW, or around 117 PS. The third engine, which is considered top-of-the-line, is the MR16DDT, which is a petrol engine that is turbo-charged and has direct injection.

With an output of 140 kW (190 PS) and top torque of 240 Nm, it is truly one of the most powerful in its segment. By having this combined turbocharger and the direct injection, the Juke offers the same power and response from a 2.5-liter engine but with the economy of a smaller engine.

In terms of transmission, the 1.6-liter turbo-charged two-wheel drive petrol engine now comes with a 6-speed manual. The CVT transmission will have a 6-speed manual mode and this will be offered on the turbo-charged petrol engine and the all-wheel drive version that is the best for its class.

Press Release

Nissan Juke Nismo Concept

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd has revealed a bold new future for its Nismo performance arm. One of the undoubted stars of the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept, an idea of how a premium sports version of the hugely successful compact crossover could look.

With its distinctive styling Nissan Juke has redefined the highly competitive B-segment, but the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept is even more dramatic. It's lower, wider and has a tougher stance. Even standing still, it's clearly a performance car.

Aimed at a car-loving audience looking for a car that reflects an edgy personality, Nissan Juke Nismo Concept magnifies the standard car's unique mix of compact car agility, coupé-like responses and SUV strength.

"The global sales success of Nissan Juke has proved beyond doubt that customers are looking for something different," said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "The Juke Nismo Concept takes that idea to the next level. It's energetic, distinctive and highly desirable."

Finished in signature Nismo colours of pearl white with red highlights, the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept wears a body kit created by Nismo's aerodynamic specialists whose skill has been honed perfecting racecar bodywork.

And as on a racecar, the Juke Nismo Concept body kit is designed not just to look good, but also to be dynamically highly efficient. New parts include revised lower bumpers front and rear, wider fenders and sill side skirts.

The grille pattern has been changed while the tailgate spoiler has been modified by the addition of side elements to control airflow more efficiently. Even the shape of the door mirrors has been altered to enhance the car's aerodynamic performance and reduce front and rear lift without increasing drag.

This reduction in lift means the contact patch of the tyres has been increased to improve grip, which is further enhanced by the arrival of stylish new 19-inch alloy wheels.

Naturally the Nismo treatment extends to the chassis which has been lowered and stiffened using proprietary parts of the sort that will be available from the expanded Nismo's parts catalogue, while the 1.6-litre direct injection turbo gasoline engine has been uprated to deliver more power and performance.

And Nismo touches can also be found in the interior of the Concept, where parts that interact with the driver's sense of sight, sound, look and feel - such as the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob and door trims - have been redesigned to provide greater involvement when driving. Further underlining the performance aspects of the car, special leather-trimmed bucket seats have been added while the importance of the tachometer means the dial and needle are illuminated in red.

A feeling of enhanced sporting quality in the cockpit can be attributed to a matt effect applied to previously reflective surfaces, while the dramatic centre console - shaped to resemble a motorcycle fuel tank - has been given a metallic coating to enhance the purposeful feeling of the Concept.

"As the Concept shows, Nismo brings new levels of individuality to mainstream Nissan cars like Juke. The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers," said Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani.

"Our forthcoming range of cars will be just as accessible and innovative as every Nissan product, but with added Nismo energy they will be even more fun to own and drive," he added.

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