In an attempt to steal some sales from the Nissan Juke, Hyundai will roll out a subcompact crossover. Set to hit the dealerships by 2017, the new vehicle will follow the same path as the Veloster as it will be designed for Gen Y a.k.a. first-time younger buyers.
Hyundai already showed the Curb Concept back in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and said that the vehicle was designed for Generation Y living an urban lifestyle with an active night life. The concept looked really good but so far we didn’t see a production version, which means that Hyundai might delay it or build a new one.
The Curb Concept was powered by a 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine, bolted to a Direct Shift Gearbos (DSG). The engine delivers 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque and was capable to deliver a fuel economy of over 30 mpg city and over 40mpg highway.
Revealed first as the Qazana show car – presented at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show – the Juke was conceived at Nissan Design Europe in London and fine-tuned at the Nissan Design Centre (NDC) in Japan. Qashqai, also conceived at NDE, is available in Europe, Asia, and Australia while the Nissan Juke will be sold in Europe, Japan, and the US.
The result of this worldwide partnership is a vehicle that originates from where East meets West, with crucial inputs from NDE and NDC as vital in creating such an attractive design.
The extremely unique lines come almost completely intact from the Qazana. The design confidence echoes the importance of the B-segment in Europe: the European market is predicted to take the biggest portion of sales, greater than the other major markets, such as North America and Japan.
Designers drew motivation for the Nissan Juke's from many atypical sources. They reviewed many current and past vehicles considered synonymous with an energetic and sporty life; a list including rally cars and motorbikes. It's plain to see how those concepts influenced the designing.
The outcome blends many various themes, but with Nissan’s DNA appearing throughout. It has a sturdy firm body reflecting the SUV component, but it is a very sensual vehicle, as well, with intricate curves and a coupé-like profile emphasised by the slender side glass and hidden door handles in the rear, helping to give the feeling of two doors instead of four.