With Nismo set to expand its scope and product range in the coming years, Nissan's in-house tuning division needs to start with something both customizable and attainable. And it appears the Juke is it.

Nismo has done the standard cadre of mods to the Juke, including the fitment of larger Brembo brakes with slotted rotors up front, stiffer springs and shocks, 19-inch wheels with performance rubber and an assortment of interior baubles to match the racy exterior. The body kit isn't just a looker – it's functional – with the revised front and rear bumpers, grille and rear diffuser all aiding aerodynamics.

Nismo isn't saying what's been done to the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot aside from saying it delivers "more power," so we're assuming it's an ECU reflash partnered with some new breathing hardware.

As for the possibility of production, our sources say Nissan is looking into offering the Nismo Juke as either a stand-alone model or an upgrade path, but the trigger hasn't been pulled yet. If it does, expect it to be available in the first half of next year. Make the jump for the official release.

UPDATE: We've added a few more pics, including images of the interior and the engine. By the looks of engine bay, they've added a new intake, front strut tower bar and the prerequisite coolant filler cap.
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Lower, faster and visually even more dramatic, Nismo know-how redefines the Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke Nismo Concept gives first glimpse of Nismo's future
Purpose-designed body kit enhances looks and aerodynamic efficiency

More power from tuned engine
Stiffer chassis and larger tyres for even better handling
Distinctive sporting interior treatment
Finished in Nismo signature colours

Tokyo, Japan (29 November 2011) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd reveals a bold new future for its Nismo performance arm. One of the undoubted stars of the Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan Juke Nismo, an idea of how a premium sports version of the hugely successful compact crossover could look.

With its distinctive styling Nissan Juke has redefined the highly competitive B-segment, but the Juke Nismo Concept is even more dramatic. It's lower, wider and has a tougher stance. Even standing still, it's clearly a performance car.

Aimed at a car-loving audience looking for a car that reflects an edgy personality, Juke Nismo Concept magnifies the standard car's unique mix of compact car agility, coupé-like responses and SUV strength.

"The global sales success of Nissan Juke has proved beyond doubt that customers are looking for something different," said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "The Juke Nismo Concept takes that idea to the next level. It's energetic, distinctive and highly desirable."

Finished in signature Nismo colours of pearl white with red highlights, the Juke Nismo Concept wears a body kit created by Nismo's aerodynamic specialists whose skill has been honed perfecting racecar bodywork.

And as on a racecar, the Juke Nismo Concept body kit is designed not just to look good, but also to be dynamically highly efficient. New parts include revised bumpers front and rear, wider fenders and sill side skirts.

The grille pattern has been changed while the tailgate spoiler has been modified by the addition of side elements to control airflow more efficiently. Even the shape of the door mirrors has been altered to enhance the car's aerodynamic performance and reduce front and rear lift without increasing drag.

This reduction in lift means the contact patch of the tyres has been increased to improve grip, which is further enhanced by the arrival of stylish new 19-inch alloy wheels.

Naturally the Nismo treatment extends to the chassis which has been lowered and stiffened using proprietary parts of the sort that will be available from the expanded Nismo's parts catalogue, while the 1.6-litre direct injection turbo gasoline engine has been uprated to deliver more power and performance.

And Nismo touches can also be found in the interior of the Concept, where parts that interact with the driver's sense of sight, sound, look and feel - such as the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob and door trims - have been redesigned to provide greater involvement when driving. Further underlining the performance aspects of the car, special leather-trimmed bucket seats have been added while the importance of the tachometer means the dial and needle are illuminated in red.

A feeling of enhanced sporting quality in the cockpit can be attributed to a toned-down effect applied to previously light coloured surfaces, while the dramatic centre console - shaped to resemble a motorcycle fuel tank - has been given a metallic coating to enhance the purposeful feeling of the Concept.

"As the Concept shows, Nismo brings new levels of individuality to mainstream Nissan cars like Juke. The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers," said Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani.

"Our forthcoming range of cars will be just as accessible and innovative as every Nissan product, but with added Nismo energy they will be even more fun to own and drive," he added.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Aric Matthew Beemer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh come on guys this car is pretty sweet! None of us have seen it in person so give it a chance while your driving your boring 1990's Toyota Camry you could be driving this and have some fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing I like about the Juke NISMO is the wheels. The vehicle itself is a disgrace to automotive design and taste... better known as UGLY.
      Mr. Z
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car may be even more ugly then the old Pontiac Aztec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Juke's exterior design is painfully chaotic. It severally lacks any harmony of beauty and fulfills little utilitarian visage. No element about it speaks of usefulness, desire or prowess. I'm interested to know exactly what were the goals and process of how this eye-sore came to be from such a powerful company as Nissan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is selling over 12,000 per month in Europe, around 20,000 per month worldwide. It is the second best selling crossover in Europe behind the Nissan Qashqai. Factories are at max capacity and sales are production constrained. In some countries, there have been waiting lists so long for some models that Nissan resorted to loaning people cars while they wait. In the US it outsells all the subcompact premium vehicles from SMART, Fiat, and MINI combined, and is ahead of many more more mainstream subcompacts. They are selling them without any incentives. Basically, the Juke has been a massive sales success, regardless of your opinion of it. Selling the car as fast as you can make it without any incentives is a pretty strong argument for the Juke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Google "Schlesser Buggy" for some idea of the inspiration, keeping in mind that Nissan design has been significantly influenced by the European partner Renault. I personally dig the Dakar-Rally-Racer-Wanna-Be styling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's weird, fun, and yet aggressive. Like a mutant tree frog. It may not be beautiful but not all cars need to be beautiful to be successful. Sports cars like the GT-R and any current Lamborghini would not fall under the beautiful category for me, yet they work, design wise, for what they are. The Juke strikes me as a tiny rally-car wannabe, like the Pajero's little brother who wants to be noticed. It backs up its rallying aspirations with AWD and a turbo 4 engine. Large wheel arches/flares emphasize its AWD power and its front marker lights and tail lights make it seem taller and wider than it really is. Again, like a little brother trying to be noticed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should offer up both as a model and a upgrade path. I like it I just wish they would lower it a bit to ditch the semi-cuv feel they have but if this helps bring NISMO back beyond just the Z I'm happy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not a sure thing yet because none of the Japanese automakers have the balls to do it. honda won't give us a 200hp CR-Z, toyota made a stupid decision on the engine for the "Friggin' Really-Sweet," and Nissan will tease us with the R but won't even let us have the slightly upgraded version.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also, does the engine cover say "big turbo?"
      • 3 Years Ago
      GOD its ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, the ugliest front end I've seen in a very long time. I guess the "designers" are drinking the same stuff they did when Pontiac designed the Aztek. Or maybe MD 20/20.
        Sinh Truong
        • 3 Years Ago
        Love it, hate it. It's a split relationship. What can't be denied is it's success. The Juke is a hit in most places outside of the US
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