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

Nissan's new-for-2011 Juke is set to make its North American debut at tomorrow's New York Auto Show, and the small crossover's polarizing moon-buggy styling is sure to set tongues wagging, just as it did during its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Having seen this vehicle in person already, we can tell you that its "Baby Predator" front end takes some getting used to, but it all comes together better than expected, and the interior seems surprisingly roomy and well-resolved.

Much smaller in person than one might think, the curvy ute is significantly shorter than vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 – it's even shorter than the new Hyundai Tucson and Nissan's own Rogue, not to mention the likes of Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport (itself another NY debut). The closest competitor we can think of is Suzuki's SX4 crossover, which is, believe it or not, actually longer than the Juke. In the end, we fully expect it to be cross-shopped with more conventional hatchbacks (Mazda3), as well as 'box cars' like the Kia Soul.

Featuring the first application of Nissan's 1.6-liter direct injected four-cylinder turbo in North America, it will be available with torque vectoring all-wheel drive, so it might just be the driver's car of the bunch, too. Featuring "180+ horsepower and 170+ lb-ft of torque," it will be available in both six-speed manual form and CVT with a sport setting. Unfortunately, the three-pedal setup will only be available in front-drive SV and SL trim, however. That torque-vectoring system? It defaults to a 50:50 front-to-rear split, but it can push power from side-to-side along the rear axle when situations warrant.

No official pricing has been revealed yet, but Nissan promises that the Juke will start at "just under $20,000." Want to learn more? Check out our high-res gallery below and the official press releases and spec sheet after the jump.

Update:
Three videos of the Juke, its torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system and Nissan's new direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (definitely the one to watch) have been added after the jump.


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2011 Nissan JUKE Sports Cross Makes North American Debut at New York International Auto Show


NEW YORK (March 30, 2010) – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today unveiled the all-new Nissan JUKE sports cross at a special media preview near Rockefeller Center. The dramatically styled JUKE, which joins Nissan's popular Murano and Rogue crossovers at Nissan dealers nationwide in the fall of 2010, will be on display at the New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits Center April 2nd through 11th. A special Web broadcast debut is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. It can be viewed at www.nissanjukenyc.com.

Along with its bold design inside and out, which draws on a number of active lifestyle influences including motorcycles and rally cars, JUKE brings unexpected levels of performance from a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbo engine and an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system with performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles.

"JUKE is about to carve out a unique space in the rapidly growing compact crossover/hatchback segment with its combination of striking design, agile handling and driving pleasure and user friendly technology," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, NNA. "Add in the convenience, versatility and high seating positioning of a traditional compact SUV – and pricing that is expected to start at just under $20,000 – and you've got a vehicle unlike any other in its class."

The JUKE interior offers bolstered front seats and a center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a two-coat high-gloss paint. The gearshift sits on top of the console, with a short shifter lever for sporty driving. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.
Available features range from leather-appointed seats and RearView Monitor to Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, navigation system with real-time traffic information and power sliding moonroof. A long list of standard safety features is also available, including six air bags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Powering JUKE is a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 180+ horsepower and 170+ lb-ft of torque. The engine, the first application in North America, combines energetic performance and good fuel economy. Two transmissions are offered – Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only).

JUKE's torque vectoring AWD system splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and can also can split torque from side-to-side across the rear axle. When cornering, the system helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle's cornering feel.

Another new-to-Nissan technology debuting on JUKE is the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system. The I-CON system functions in one setting as a controller for the automatic climate control system, and in the other offers a drive mode selector with three different throttle/transmission (CVT)/steering response settings – Normal for everyday driving, Sport for a more intense performance feel and Eco for maximum efficiency.

I-CON also serves as a central command center and display module, adopting different display colors and functions depending on how it is being used. In Climate mode, the display shows the interior temperature settings while the "buttons" display air flow preferences. In the "D-Mode," the buttons change to the three driving modes and the display shows engine and drive related dials and information.

"JUKE provides an exceptional level of available technology for its segment and a special character all its own," said Carolin. "We're expecting an enthusiastic response from people attending the New York Auto Show and look forward to JUKE going on sale this fall."
Along with the Web cast video, JUKE images, video downloads and additional information will be available beginning March 31 at nissanjukenyc.com.

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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At A Glance: 2011 Nissan JUKE

Distinctive, independent, adaptive and confident. Four words that describe the 2011 Nissan JUKE sport cross – and that also fit JUKE's prospective buyers. Unlike traditional entries in the fast-growing compact hatchback/crossover market today, the all-new JUKE offers bold styling, unexpected levels of performance and an advanced torque vectoring AWD system with performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles.

JUKE's aggressive styling, derived from the dramatic Nissan Qazana Concept, brings a breath of fresh air to the segment. Built on Nissan's proven global B-platform, JUKE looks exactly like it drives – fun, bold and exciting. It features a powerful front end treatment with the turn signals integrated into the front fenders, a high beltline and coupe-like falling roofline. Other exterior details include body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles, "hidden" rear door handles, integrated roof spoiler and standard 17-inch wheels and tires.

The JUKE interior is equally aggressive with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel and a unique center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a high-gloss paint. The gear shift sits on top of the console, with a short shifter lever for sporty driving. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility. Available interior features range from leather-appointed seats and RearView Monitor to Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition and navigation system with real-time traffic information. A long list of standard safety features is also available, including six air bags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control.

Powering JUKE is a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 180+ horsepower and 170+ lb-ft of torque. The engine, the first application in North America, combines energetic performance and good fuel economy. Two transmissions are offered – Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (1.6 SV FWD and 1.6 SL FWD models only).

JUKE's torque vectoring AWD system splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and can also can split torque from side-to-side across the rear axle. When cornering, the system helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle's cornering feel.

Another new-to-Nissan technology debuting on JUKE is the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system. It combines control of the automatic A/C and the three-mode drive selector – Normal for everyday driving, Sport for a more intense performance feel and Eco for maximum efficiency, adjusting throttle, transmission (CVT) and steering feel for the precise ride the driver desires.

The 2011 Nissan JUKE sport cross is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in fall 2010.

Highlights of the 2011 Nissan JUKE include:

Body
• Aggressive sports crossover styling
• Multi-reflector halogen headlights
• Turn signals integrated into upper front fenders
• Body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles
• "Hidden" black-colored rear door handles
• Body-colored front and rear bumpers
• Rear liftgate with fixed glass
• Intermittent rear window wiper
• Available auto on/off headlight
• Available fog lights
• Offered in eight exterior colors

Engine and Driveline
• Nissan "B" platform
• Front engine, front-wheel drive
• Available torque vectoring AWD system, which helps reduce understeer when cornering and enhance cornering feel
• Standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder with 180+ horsepower, 170+ lb-ft of torque
• Standard Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode
• Available 6-speed manual transmission (1.6 SV FWD and 1.6 SL FWD models only)

Suspension, Steering and Braking
• Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
• Torsion beam rear suspension (FWD) or multi-link rear suspension (AWD models only)
• Front and rear stabilizer bars
• Vehicle-speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering
• Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
• 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 all-season tires

Interior Features
• 5 passenger seating
• Cockpit-like seating with raised console/shifter for controllability and quick response
• Unique center console design, created to look like a sport motorcycle tank while also supporting driver's knee during cornering
• High eye-point for increased visibility
• Available Integrated Control (I-CON) system with automatic air conditioning that allows driver to choose between three drive modes (Sport, Normal, Eco)
• Cloth seat fabric with available premium fabric
• 6-way manual driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat
• 60/40 fold-down 2nd row seats for increased cargo room
• Available leather-appointed seats
• Available heated front seats
• Available leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Storage under rear cargo floor (FWD models only)
• Dual front and rear beverage holder
• Speed-sensitive door locks

• Standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls
• Standard Interface System for iPod®
• Available USB connector for iPod® and similar devices
• AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, available upgraded speakers with Rockford Fosgate subwoofer
• Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls
• Available RearView Monitor
• Available Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start
• Available Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch-screen display and XM NavTraffic® capability
• Available XM® Satellite Radio
• Available power moonroof
• Available privacy glass
• Offered in three interior colors

Safety and Security
• Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors
• Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection
• Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
• Front-seat Active Head Restraints
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
• Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
• Vehicle Security System (VSS)
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
• Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)

Models and Manufacturing
• Offered in eight well-equipped models: JUKE S CVT FWD, JUKE S CVT AWD, JUKE SV CVT FWD, JUKE SV M/T FWD, JUKE SV CVT AWD, JUKE SL CVT FWD, JUKE SL M/T FWD, JUKE SL CVT AWD
• Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in Oppama, Japan

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2011 Nissan JUKE Sport Cross

Key Dimensions and Specifications



Models JUKE S, JUKE SV, JUKE SL

Engine 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder
180+ horsepower, 170+ lb-ft of torque

Transmission Xtronic CVT with S-Mode (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmission (1.6 SV FWD and 1.6 SL FWD models only)

Drive Configuration Front engine, front-wheel drive or torque vectoring AWD system

Wheels/Tires 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 all-season tires

Suspension Independent MacPherson strut front suspension, torsion beam rear suspension (FWD) or multi-link rear (AWD), front and rear stabilizer bars

Braking Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

Steering Vehicle-speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering

Wheelbase 99.6 inches

Length 162.4 inches

Width 69.5 inches

Height 61.8 inches

Seating Capacity 5-passenger






Select Exterior Features Aggressive sports/crossover styling, multi-reflector halogen headlights, turn signals integrated into upper front fenders, body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles, "hidden" black-colored rear door handles, body-colored front and rear bumpers, rear liftgate with fixed glass, intermittent rear window wiper, available privacy glass, available auto on/off headlight, available fog lights

Select Interior Features Cockpit-like seating with raised console/shifter for controllability and quick response, center console designed to look like a sport motorcycle tank while also supporting driver's knee during cornering, high eye-point for increased visibility, available Integrated Control (I-CON) system with automatic air conditioning that allows driver to choose between three drive modes (Sport, Normal, Eco), cloth seat fabric, 6-way driver's seat, 60/40 fold-down 2nd row seats for increased cargo room with low load height for easy loading, storage under rear cargo floor (FWD models only), dual front and rear beverage holder, speed-sensitive door locks, available USB connector for iPod and similar devices, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls, available RearView Monitor, available Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, available upgraded speakers with Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, available leather-appointed seats, available heated front seats, available Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch-screen display and XM NavTraffic capability, available XM Satellite Radio, available leather-wrapped steering wheel, available power moonroof

Select Safety and Security Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors, standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS), front-seat Active Head Restraints


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