• Feb 12, 2010
When Nissan's new Juke compact crossover hits the streets later this year, it will be powered by the automaker's first gasoline-turbocharged-direct-injected (GTDI) engine. Following in the same technical path blazed by the Volkswagen Group, General Motors, Ford and others, the new engine uses the high-pressure injection system to execute multiple injection pulses for cleaner and more complete combustion. The variable cam phasing system operates independently on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, but the bottom line is this: An impressive 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from a small displacement engine.

We don't know for sure if this new mill will come to the U.S.-market Juke, but we assume it will, likely paired with either a six-speed automatic transmission or one of Nissan's continuously variable transmissions. We also have no idea what kind of mileage the GTDI Juke will get, but it should be quite competitive. Check out the video after the jump to see it in action. A tip of the hat to Braun!



[Source: Nissan via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is coming to the states. Can't say how I know, but it's coming.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe because it was announced? That's "how you know".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yikes. Pontiac called...they want their Aztek lights back
      • 4 Years Ago
      I liked it before- now it is really getting interesting!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice engine and AWD system.

      But that front end is quite literally Insect Ugly.

      • 4 Years Ago
      also, they have an torque vectoring AWD system video out:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygDuO1mhNhc&feature=player_embedded

      If they can keep the weight down, this could be a fun car
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mike. Not sure what you mean by 3 WD. If you look at Hondas SH-AWD it is the same thing. Watch this Honda Vid for SH-AWD. Looks the same to me.

        http://www.world.honda.com/HDTV/news/2004-4040401a/

        I think they are doing the opposite of your suggestion (even in europe).

        MT available with 2wd.
        CVT only with 4wd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not really. Cue 2:00 minutes and it is 4WD again. Saying 3WD sounds like you are putting it down, when the ability to overdrive the rear outside wheels is what makes these systems so handy when cornering.


        • 4 Years Ago
        It is somewhere between the VTM+4 & 'SH-awd'

        But yeah 3 wheel drive!
        • 4 Years Ago
        3 wheel drive is pretty self-explanatory. Cue to 1:50 and watch, 3 wheel drive. 0% to the inner, 50% to the outer.

        Honda's SH-awd is an evolution of the VTM-4 system. Honda has only used the 'acceleration device' in the RL, this doesn't have it. [but Honda isn't even bothering with that anymore] But if the video is indicative of the layout of this system, the coil is inner mounted, Honda is outwardly mounted. The VTM-4 system was indirect actuated, via ballramp cams, the SH-directly actuated.
        This looks close enough to what Honda has, but not so much as to warrant a lawsuit.


        Yes, Nissan is probably going to give us a loser of a lineup.
        If I want the turbo, I want the stick. If I want the stick, I don't want front drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GT-R doesn't have a torque vectoring rear differential anymore. It has an open front differential
        Using a clutch to couple the front axle isn't torque vectoring.

        3wd is a compliment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nissan's lineup for the US should be:
        6 speed stick + turbo engine + 3 wheel drive system.

        7.3:1 ratio CVT + HR16 + front drive, with the superior rear suspension (no more integral trailing arms)


        But I kind of doubt that they will do that, so it will be a flop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good........... now if they could also redo the front of this car, they might even be able to sell it.
      80% of it is good, but the remaining 20% ruins completely the car.
      I just cannot look at the front without feeling a bit sick.

      Bold design?
      Blind designer more likely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see the Pontiac Aztecs styling similarities at all. It looks o.k to me. Aztec was truly bfu!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "An impressive 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from a small displacement engine."

      Out of 1.6 liters? Impressive?

      That is only 117hp/liter... with a turbo.

      A WRX STI with 2.5 liters makes 300hp... 120hp/liter, and that is without direct gasoline injection.

      The ecotec 2.0 direct injected turbo engine in the Sol/Sky GXP/Redline makes 260hp stock, which is 130hp/liter.

      I would expect more out of this 1.6 engine with a turbocharger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even the subaru 2.0 has a 92 mm bore.

        Is that really the best possible spot that they could find for the intercooler?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed,

        Even a 2002 Impreza WRX makes 227bhp out of 2.0T w/o DI. 113.5hp/L

        Its a good effort but not that impressive
        • 4 Years Ago
        It depends on how conservative they rate the horsepower. If they rate this like they did the GTR, then increase Nissan's numbers by 25% for a more realistic comparison to other automaker's numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That engine has to work with a CVT, so torque maybe artificially low.

        The boxing engine concept, short axial length, allows for HUGE cylinder bores.
        What is the 2.5? 99.5 mm
        The HR16 is 78mm (eco engine), the MR16 (1.618 liters) 84mm if it is a shorter stroke version of MR18 & MR20. could be smaller.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. In 1998, Nissan's standard SR16VE produced 175PS and a special version designed to compete with the Civic Type-R (whose B16B produced 185PS) produced 200PS, all naturally aspirated. 10 years later, they've managed to produce a direct-injected 1.6 liter inline 4, and turbocharge it to... around 190PS. Advanced technology, go?
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW... who ever made that detailed assembly animation, kudos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Besides the look ...
      This engine is interesting. It's a the beginning of its developement, so i'm sure we'll see more output from it in the next years... there is better than 190hp for a 1.6 today, yes, but most of the production is not at this level, let's face it.
      Now, this car isn't a sports car, the comparsion with a subaru is kinda unfair. If Nissan wanted more performance from this engine, i'm sure they would have put a bigger turbo and here comes the power... Co2 emissions are the challenge and that is why we see more small displacement engines with turbos, completely different from years ago where turbo meant power and bad fuel economy.

      I think this cas, as is makes sense, ever if most people would not like it.

      And I'm sure Nissan will use this engine in different setup on more sport focused models... let's be patient :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like this little crossover.

      Very funky and original styling and more than decent amount of power (especially from such small displacement). I wonder what kind of mileage it gets from that 1.6L.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking of mileage, when are the Rogue and Murano getting direct injection? ...or also torque vectoring for that matter?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, at least the joke look likes its coming with a halfway decent motor.
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