Nissan Juke Nismo will hit the dealerships by the end of 2012

Article by Christian A., on May 24, 2012

According to our sources, the Nismo Nissan Juke will hit the dealership by the end of the year, while the near-production model will be presented at the Leipzig Auto Show in June. As you may know already, the Nissan Juke by Nismo was first unveiled back in December 2011 at the Tokyo Auto Show and made quite a buzz and as a result the Japanese manufacturer decided to build it.

The new sporty Juke will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering around 200 hp. Just like the standard Juke, the Nismo-prepared crossover will be offered as standard with front-wheel drive, but for those who want more an all-wheel drive version will also be available.

Comparing it with the current model, the Nismo Juke will carry a sport chassis as well as a new suspension and will ride on 19-inch alloy wheels. In terms of design, the vehicle will be inspired by the concept version, which means that we will find red accents, new front and rear bumpers, enlarged fenders, side skirts and a restyled front grille.

The interior will follow the same sporty theme seen as the exterior and will include new door panels, sport buckets, aluminum pedals, a new gear knob, a sporty tachometer illuminated in red and metallic center console.

Exterior Design

Every change to the Juke is more than just cosmetic. Each enhances an aerodynamic element. Nismo's racing skill influenced all these modification, focusing on what was learned from engineering and designing the Nissan GT-R race car, which races in the GT500 class of Japan’s Super GT.

The differences from the standard Juke is most apparent in the front, which has a low, stronger design. The signature five-circle base shape is now a horizontal mesh grille so thin strip LED day running lights replaced the fog lights on the broader grille’s small vents top edge.

They are blanked in the 2WDs, but the 4WD’s side vent lets air in to the engine bay, cooling the oil pump.

The big lower grille’s strong upper edge sports a red pinstripe that dramatically drops and curves around the small vents to continue to the front wheel arches. This distinct Nismo trait adds to the nose width and presence and emphasises the Juke Nismo's sporty road stance.

On top, the V strut, the three sides surrounding the Nissan badge at the upper grille’s centre, is coloured darker. A Nismo badge with a red O is to the right, stamping the Juke with Nismo's distinct racing heritage for first time.

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