Infiniti ESQ teases Nissan Juke design ahead of its official debut

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2014

We already knew that Infiniti was planning a new crossover based on the Nissan Juke but nothing was officially confirmed. Until today, when several photos showing a new crossover from Infiniti based on the Nissan Juke design, emerged on the web.

Dubbed Infiniti ESQ, the new crossover comes with a new front grille that features the ‘ESQ’ lettering as well as stylish 18-inch alloy wheels and gloss black side sills.

From the photo showing the front grille we can easily observe the Nissan Juke design, which means that we expect the two vehicles to be very similar. The only difference will be the premium feel delivered by the Infiniti ESQ.

Another photo shows the instrument cluster and the steering wheel that features the Infiniti logo. The interior is expected to make the difference between the ESQ and Juke. Under the hood, we expect to see the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 200 hp (147 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and deliver the power to the road via an all-wheel drive system. The new Infiniti ESQ will be introduced later this year in China.

The bold design has long ensured that the Juke would be set apart from its competitors. This model had the toughness of a crossover mixed in with a sporting appeal, resulting in it becoming a design icon. When thoroughly modifying the proportions of the Juke, there is always the possibility that it would undercut the already unmistakable presence of this model.

The good news is that the design team at Nissan was able to make important enhancements and changes to how the car was styled while making sure that the acclaimed crossover DNA that the brand is known for is still there and even enhanced. Beginning with the rear section, the bumper now comes in a more aggressive form. This allows it to complement the redesigned boomerang tail lamps that have the LED light guide technology.

It gives this new Juke that truly distinct look especially at night. On the front end, Nissan revised the upper lamps in order to take on the brand’s trademarked “boomerang” shape. This is the same signature seen on the 370Z, the new Murano, and even the new Qashqai. For this new model, these lamps now incorporate the bi-intensity LED daytime running lamps.

Nissan revealed that it will now offer headlights to come with Xenon bulbs to allow for better visibility. It even offers new lens covers. The nose meanwhile has a stronger V-shaped grille integrated to it with the lower elements made tougher by putting in a new trim under the bumper.

Modified as well are the door mirrors and they now have the LED side turn strip repeaters. Where fitted, it can even have cameras used for the Around View Monitor. Ten new colors will now be offered for the exterior with three new ones being Ink Blue metallic, solid Red, and Sunlight Yellow metallic.

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