Infiniti released the first teasers of its Juke-based ESQ crossover back in June but no more details were released. Today however, the first photos with the Infiniti ESQ emerged on the Web and we must admit that we do like the vehicle as it comes with a premium feel.
Although the original shape of the Nissan Juke is retained, the ESQ arrives with a brand new grille featuring the centered ‘ESQ’ lettering, black covers for the exterior mirrors, a new front lip spoiler, new rocker panels as well as a redesigned rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust tip.
The design is completed by the new multi-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, we find a brand new multifunctional leather-wrapped steering wheel fitted with the Infiniti badge, leather sport seats and white stitching.
Under the hood, the Infiniti ESQ uses the same engine as the Juke and this means we find a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that generates 200 hp (147 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
The engine comes as standard with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers the power to the road via the all-wheel-drive system. Infiniti will officially unveil the new ESQ on August 29 at the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show and the crossover is set to go on sale in China this October.
Pricing will start at 200,000 yuan ($32,500) for the entry-level version, while the most expensive model will cost 300,000 yuan ($48,700).
Thanks to its bold design as well as its unique combination of crossover toughness and sporting appeal, the Nissan Juke has been able to distinguish itself from its rivals.
While dramatically modifying the proportions of the Juke may undermine its undeniable presence, the design team at Nissan was able to tweak and enhance its styling while enhancing the brand's crossover DNA.
Up front, the design team tweaked the upper lamps to feature Nissan's signature 'boomerang' shape as found on brand siblings likes the 370Z, new Murano and new Qashqai. The Juke’s lighting units now feature bi-intensity LED daytime running lamps while its headlights available with Xenon bulbs that offers new lens covers and better levels of visibility. These lighting units flank a new, dynamic V-shaped grille, while a new trim below the bumper help toughen the lower elements.
Furthermore, designers revised the door mirrors to include LED side turn strip repeaters as well as cameras for the Around View Monitor.
Meanwhile, the design team gave the rear end of the new Nissan Juke a more aggressive shape to complement the new revised boomerang rear lamps that feature LED light guide technology.
The latest iteration of the Juke could now be finished in any of the ten colors, three of which are new: Ink Blue metallic, Sunlight Yellow metallic, and solid Red. Furthermore, the latest iteration of the Juke rides on any of the alloy wheels available in different sizes.
An array of 16-inch steel wheels is available for entry-level Visia models, while 17- and 18-inch alloy rims are offered on the Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna variants. Nissan is also offering a new 18-inch alloy wheel with colored inserts for the new Juke.