• Feb 10th 2010 at 7:30AM
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We've now officially heard it from the horse's Nissan's mouth. Today at a pre-Chicago Auto Show event, Nissan confirmed what we've been hearing for the last month: the funky Juke will jive its way to America this Fall. The small crossover was presaged by the Qazana concept, and the production version promises to share a number of that vehicle's unique styling features.

We'll get our first official glimpse of the new Juke at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and that debut will be followed up later in the month when the Juke gets its North American introduction at the New York Auto Show. Nissan says the Juke will offer "a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles," which we can only assume to be competing models such as the Kia Soul and Scion xB.

The Japanese automaker also tells us that the car's center console was inspired by a motorcycle tank. We never knew we wanted a gas tank-shaped center console until now, but Nissan officially has our interest piqued with that little tidbit. We'll see if the actual implementation is as intriguing as it sounds soon enough; in the meantime, click past the break for the official press release.

[Source: Nissan]
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Nissan Juke Crossover Confirmed for U.S. Market

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today confirmed that an all-new small crossover SUV, the Nissan Juke, will join the Nissan lineup in the United States in fall 2010. The European version of the dramatically styled Juke will be revealed to the media on February 10th and makes its global public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The North American version of Juke is scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show in late March.

The compact Juke, which was inspired by the Nissan Qazana concept car, was designed and developed to give customers a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles. In North America, Juke will join a strong tradition of Nissan crossovers -- including the popular Nissan Murano and Rogue -- in providing both dynamic style and an exhilarating driving experience.

The new Juke is highlighted by a highly distinctive design, which includes a robust stance, high waistline, complex curves, coupe-like profile and aggressive wheels and tires. The bold interior design features a wide center console that takes its inspiration from a motorcycle fuel tank. More information and photography will be available soon.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infinitiusa.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago

      Well, at least the Accord Crosstour will have competition in the ugliest-vehicle-since-the-Aztek class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here is a link to the latest details of the UK version www.nissan.co.uk/juke

      Pete from England

      • 5 Years Ago
      Renault is killing this company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Cube has been any indication, this should do well. Cubes are all over the place in Boston, but then again, we have weird taste in vehicles (cf. our consistent support of Saab).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headline should read, "Officially Official: Nissan Juke being inflicted on America".

      Don't we have enough problems without having to look at ugly cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What will the cost be since it is "Coming to the US"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kia Soul with a Leaf front end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing looks like a horse's mouth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Juke. Rhymes with puke. I'll take TWO!!!

      Hehe, no just kidding, you can keep it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I did something rather naughty the other day. There was a Nissan Qube in the grocery parking lot. It looks so ridiculous from any view, especially the back...... I couldn't resist leaving a note on the windshield saying I was watching to see if 30 or 40 clowns were going to come out of "this monstrosity."
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was a real douchey thing to do, mate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I LOL'ed at what you left in the note, but I'd have been pissed off if someone left me a note on my car. I suppose when you drive something like that, or dress in something totally absurd, you're kind of asking for laughs or comments like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geez lighten up, no wonder you sue each other all the time when you get offended that easily.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Would you prefer "compensating for insecurity in his sexuality"?

        When it comes down to it, the guy with the amazingly impractical "look at ME!" car feels compelled to make fun of the very practical car with questionable styling. Both can only legally drive as fast as the speed limit and can only accellerate as fast as the car in front of them. It would be safe to say that somebody has issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You shouldn't put nasty notes on other people's cars just because you are jealous that they don't have to use what they drive to compensate for certain shortcommings in the male anatomy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's just hope it doesn't scare anyone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha..lol.. that's funny!

        I have a feeling I will be loving this thing. (Just be real close to Qazana concept!)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably the Nissan Cube fails to live up to it's "hip" image vs the Kia Soul...thus the Nissan Juke.

        The Cube must be just that...too "square".

      • 5 Years Ago
      You think it's ugly? good, then i love it. lol....
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