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autoviva2014-03-05 10:18:36

Nissan unveils facelifted Juke

Design, engines and equipment have been enhanced on the compact SUV

 
 
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Designers managed to make significant changes to the car's styling without altering its proportions

After selling almost 420.000 units in 40 months, NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
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is starting a new chapter of its compact SUV JukeJukeNissan JukeJapan, 2010 > present138 versions
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unveiling mid-life generation facelift with a series of design enhancements, new engines, new equipment and a wide-ranging personalisation programme.

Among the changes are a new design at the front and rear with greater emphasis on both premium refinement and sporty design cues. To radically alter the proportions would undermine the Juke's unmistakable presence, but designers have still managed to make significant changes to the car's styling.

At the front, the upper lamps have been redesigned and now incorporate bi-intensity LED daytime running lamps while the headlamps now have Xenon bulbs for better visibility and new lens covers. The grille incorporates the new Nissan brand signature while the front has been toughened with new and more robust trim beneath the bumper.

At the rear the bumper has a more aggressive shape to match new revised boomerang tail lamps with LED light guide technology, giving the new Juke a more distinctive appearance at night.

Revisions in the luggage area have increased space by 40 per cent in two-wheel drive versions up to 354L.

“We stunned the industry with Qashqai, the original crossover, and we've done it again with Juke. If anything, Juke is even more daring and different than Qashqai and appeals to a younger, more out-going audience. The changes we have made to new Juke will extend that appeal even further to cement Nissan's position as the leading brand in the crossover market," said Guillaume Cartier, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe.

Revised engine range

Three engines will be availble with the new JukeJuke 1.2 DIG-T Tekna SNissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T Tek...Japan, 2015 > present10 photos
, one is completely new, one has been extensively revised, while the existing 1.5 dCi diesel with 110PS continues unchanged.

The Alliance-developed 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol engine replaces the outgoing 117PS 1.6-litre unit. This advanced turbocharged direct injection engine delivers 115PS and generates 190Nm of torque, and although its smaller size it offers a sharper acceleration and greater torque, resulting in added flexibility. Its lower weight, standard automatic Stop/Start feature and more fuel-efficient operation translates into cleaner and more economical performance. The 1.2 DIG-T engine emits 126g/km of CO2 and has a fuel consumption figure of 5.5 l/100km.

The existing 1.6DIG-T petrol unit has been improved to deliver lower end torque below 2,000rpm. Producing 140kW, it is already Euro6 compliant with target emissions of 139g/km of CO2 for the 2WD versions. Among its new features are a higher combustion ratio (increased from 9.5 to 10.5:1), improved low friction technologies and cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation.

As well as a six-speed manual transmission, the new Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD is optionally available with a new Xtronic transmission gearbox which further improves fuel efficiency, acceleration and all-round performance.

New alloy wheels, advanced equipment including a new audio system, the latest generation NissanConnect driver-vehicle interface, Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan's Dynamic Control system, plus the option of a new opening glass roof are some of the technical enhancements of the new model.

The new Juke will go on sale across Europe in the summer, 2014.

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