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2011 Nissan Juke – Click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan won't have its official press conference for a few hours, but we've already snagged these shots of the production Juke, an oddly styled smaller-than-you-think crossover that's poised to hit North America for 2011. In person, the Juke is perhaps less bizarre than one might think, with the exuberance of its alien face reined in with comparatively modest alloy wheels, traditional doors and Volvo C30-like taillamps. If you're wondering where the Juke fits into the Nissan lineup that already has the Murano, Rogue and the Qashqai, this vehicle is markedly smaller than the Murano and actually appears smaller than the Rogue.

The interior is pure Nissan, though it looks like the Japanese automaker has put a few more dollars into some of its interior plastics and materials than it has in the past. In particular, the new HVAC controls have a crisp and colorful display, and the transmission tunnel has a quasi motorcycle-tank look about it.

For Europe, the Juke is available with a pair of 1.6-liter gasoline engines in either normally aspirated or turbocharged direct-injected form, as well as a 1.5-liter diesel, the latter of which is unlikely to make it to North America. The compact CUV will be made in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, the latter being a newly developed torque-vectoring system dubbed ALL-Mode 4x4-i that is capable of splitting power 50:50 from front-to-rear as well as side-to-side.

We expect to see the Juke make its North American debut in New York. While you're waiting, check out our high-res galleries below and the official press release after the jump.

Live photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Nissan]
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• Compact SUV meets sports car....
• .....to challenge small car traditions
• To be produced in Europe and Japan
• To be sold globally, including Europe, Japan & US
• Powerful new turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine
• New torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system

PARIS, France (Feb 10, 2010) - Nissan today revealed for the first time its all-new small Crossover, Juke.

Designed to offer a refreshing alternative for customers who are shopping in the small car segment of the market, but uninspired by the traditional offerings, Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV toughness and sporting style. Juke will inject some much needed masculinity and dynamism into the small car market.

The decision to introduce the industry's fisrst small crossover into the small car market reflects Nissan's philosophy of challenging conventions in Europe. "In the last five years we have enjoyed significant growth in a crowded European market. This has been achieved by challenging traditional patterns and moving away from the C and D segments. Instead, we have pioneered the introduction of crossovers. We started with Murano and then, in higher volumes, with Qashqai - a car which has far exceeded our expectations. Sales have exceeded half-a-million in Europe in less than 3 years," said Colin Dodge, Executive Vice President.

Juke will be manufactured in Europe at Nissan's factory in Sunderland, England, and in Oppama, Japan. In Europe, its production alongside the Note compact family car and Qashqai crossover is the result of an investment in excess of 60m Euros, which safeguards over 1000 Nissan jobs, and more than 2000 in the supply chain. Sales of Juke will begin in Japan in the summer, with the European and North American launch beginning in the autumn.


From a design standpoint, the lower portion of Juke is pure SUV. It combines chunky wheels, wide tyres, extended ground clearance and a robust stance with a top portion that is unadulterated sports car, with a high waistline, slim visor-like side glass graphics and a coupé-style falling roofline. The coupé effect is further underlined by the rear doors which have their handles hidden in the frame of the door.

Inside, the sports car theme continues with a driver-focused cabin dominated by a centre console design inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank. Finished in a distinctive high gloss colour, the 'bike' console adds a sense of fun to the car. Practicality is assured by the rear-opening hatch and versatile luggage area with hidden storage opportunities.

Speaking at the launch, Nissan's Senior Vice President for Design and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, said: "It was our intention to challenge the conventions. I really think Juke will bring something different for customers - something more emotional, energetic, more masculine".
Juke is based on the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform and has a 2530mm wheelbase, is 4135mm long, 1765mm wide and 1570mm tall. On front-wheel drive versions, suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear while four-wheel drive models have a multi-link rear suspension modelled on the system found on Qashqai.

The ALL-MODE 4x4-i, is a new development of Nissan's respected electronic all-wheel drive system and now features torque-vectoring technology to enhance agility and reduce understeer when cornering. As well splitting torque front to rear - up to a maximum of 50:50 - it can now be split from side-to-side across the rear axle, too.

Cornering ability is enhanced by sending increased torque to the outside rear wheel, reducing understeer. In total, up to 50% of the total available engine torque can be sent to either rear wheel. The inclusion of this innovation is a first in the small car segment - a technology that has, until now, only been found on top-of-the-range, premium vehicles.

Engines & transmissions

In Europe, three different engines will be available when sales start later in the year: one diesel and two 1.6-litre petrol units, all fully Euro 5 compliant. At the top of the range is a new turbocharged petrol engine (MR16DDT) with direct injection. The engine is one of the most powerful in its class, developing 140kW (190PS) and 240 Nm. The combination of direct injection with a turbocharger provides the power and responses expected from a 2.5-litre engine with the economy of a smaller engine.

The second petrol engine is a newly developed version from Nissan's trusted HR-family. Designated HR16DE, the lightweight, low-friction 16-valve unit now has a unique dual-injection system allowing finer metering of the fuel sprays for better combustion and develops 86kW (117 PS). Finally, the K9K 81kW (110PS) 1.5-litre dCI common rail diesel offers excellent driveability - thanks to its heady 240 Nm of torque - with good economy and emissions.
In terms of transmissions, the two-wheel drive turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission. Nissan's XTRONIC CVT transmission, with a six-speed manual mode, will be available on the range-topping all-wheel-drive version of the turbocharged petrol engine. The naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol is available either with a 5-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT, while the 1.5-litre diesel engine is available with a 6-speed manual.


Lists of standard and optional equipment will be released nearer the on sale date, but expected items such as climate control, leather upholstery, rear view camera and Intelligent Key will all be available to Juke customers along with some more unusual features.

One such is the Nissan Dynamic Control System, a central command and display module which allows the driver to alter dynamic drive settings as well as make changes to more obvious functions such as climate control. The display, meanwhile, shows engine and drive related dials and information.

"At Nissan, we are working hard to bring more value to the brand through great design, quality, and driving pleasure. For me, Juke represents so much of what Nissan is and will reinforce Nissan's position as a global leader of design innovation, but also as the global pioneer in crossovers," said Shiro Nakamura

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's looks pretty cool. Very cool actually. This is nowhere near the styling trainwreck the Aztek was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is like they found every ugly design elements on all the cars of the world and converged them into what they call the Nissan Juke (Rhymes with Puke)....

      I can see at least 7 ugly cars in these photos.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to drive this, haters be damned!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually threw up in my mouth. I know everyone says it, but I actually did...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is everyone so negative? God forbid something be a little bit different! I mean come on, enough with the lame name calling. Seriously? are you guys little kids? This is why Automakers don't give their cars names, instead they give them numbers and letters. Because they have less of a chance of getting picked on for a name. You guys seem very close minded, this Juke hasn't even come out yet and your picking on it. For what? a name! big deal! and please stop comparing this to the Pontiac Aztec. This is no where near the horrid level of quality the Aztec was. I for one love this new Nissan and can't wait to try it out. I need something like this for work (Photography) I really like the uniqueness of it. Plus it's small and has 4WD. Perfect for driving around in the back woods and roads. I hope you guys can only give this vehicle a chance. Not everything has to be a looker to be good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That has to be the ugliest car ever designed... ever... seriously it makes me feel sick just looking at it. If I see one on the roads I may have to stop and vomit.

      • 5 Years Ago
      They forgot about the Edsel.....so it returns.

      Seriously though, the Edsel looked "relatively" OK, when compared against other cars in its era. This thing has no redeeming features. Reminds me of the song "Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground".
      • 5 Years Ago
      But this type is much better than an upright; I just wonder if it comes with all the attachments? Like brush cleaner, edge cleaner, drapery tool?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bobo will kill you all. Its amazing....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually don't mind this car, but:

      4x4 only available with the 1.6 turbo = FAIL

      1.6 turbo only available with CVT = MORE FAIL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan, if I can get 4x4 with any of those powertrains WITH a non-CVT 6-speed manual, then I'll think about it.

        Otherwise, DO NOT WANT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So I'm downranked because I'd want both the 4x4 AND to be able to shift my own gears?


        I'm being downranked probably by people here that don't read the press release. It explicitly states that you can ONLY get 4x4 with the 1.6 turbo, and with that engine-drivetrain combo you can ONLY get the CVT transmission with a FAKE 6-speed shifting action.

        I agree with you that the torque vectoring is pretty cool, but the fact that you can only get the 4x4 with the 1.6 turbo engine that only comes with the CVT tranny means this car is going to be a snoozer.

        Despite the looks, I actually like this car. So go ahead and downrank me because Nissan doesn't offer a REAL 6-speed manual with 4x4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree with you about the CVT if thats they only option then I wouldnt be caught dead looking at it, but given another choice then, I would have to entertain the idea of it because it would give me something to cross-shop the Countryman with. The torque vectoring 4x4 sounds SWEET tho, just let me have it without the cvt and we may have a deal!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My dad owns a Nissan dealership here in Holland.
      And we got the official specs and models earlier this week.

      Here in Europe the 190hp 1.6 Turbo will be available with a 2wd manual and a 4wd CVT-M6. But the 4wd is quite useless on this car, as it is on the Qashqai. Both these cars are useless offroad, so the 4wd system is only a safety feature.

        • 5 Years Ago
        For somebody whose family is in the business, it seems a pretty shallow view of the market to say that if something isn't off-road capable then its 4x system is useless.
        I am going to bet a lot of Subaru and Audi drivers would not agree.
        Actually, even for larger and reasonably capable SUVs with 4x I am thinking you would find an extremely small percentage ever venture off the pavement.
        Most people buying 4x systems have no intention at all of going 'off-road'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure the 4WD is just as useless as the similar system in my wife's Rogue... please. We've had one of the worst winters in recent memory here in Iowa and the AWD/4WD whatever has been amazing. It's there when you need it and gone when you don't. Sure I'm not going to be blazing the Rubicon Trail in the Rogue but for daily driving on snow and ice (especially when the city budget for snow removal was gone in the first weeks of winter) the 4WD system is great.

        I'd love to see the 4WD mated to a 5/6sp manual but it's not horrible with the CVT at all. I'm in the market for a new vehicle soon and a small 4WD/AWD SUV is perfect for what I need, the Juke is interestingly different, I'm a bit intrigued.
      • 5 Years Ago

      ya.. nth can help its styling in this case..
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