The Nissan Juke boldly reinvented the subcompact crossover for the modern age a decade after the niche's progenitors – the first-generation Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V – grew well beyond their original, diminutive sizes. Since being introduced in 2010 as a 2011 model, the Juke has proven to be a huge sales success for Nissan in Europe and quite a success here, too. A modest refresh is planned for the 2015 model year of Nissan's tiniest crossover, and our spy shooters have caught an early glimpse.

The exact changes are not easy to spot, but you can bet that anywhere you see camouflage, a modestly new look is hidden underneath. The biggest change up front is the narrower grille that appears to no longer extend over the headlights. Assuming this isn't just a clever disguise, the change gives the impression that the Juke actually has distinct headlights, instead of massive fog lights. The more angular front air dam also appears to extend slightly lower than before, and the intakes appear to be revised as well.

The changes to the rear are even more minor. You can still see the outlines of the boomerang-shaped headlights, and any alterations to the rear bumper are impossible to spot behind the camouflage tape. It's also unclear at this point whether the interior will receive any refinements or new options.

Will there be any changes underneath? It's hard to say – the standard 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder is already a hoot and not exactly down on power, and Nissan only recently revealed the 197-hp Juke Nismo and range-topping 215-hp Nismo RS. However, we'd love to see some improved fuel economy figures, so perhaps changes like the updated front fascia will enhance the love/hate design's miles per gallon.


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      • 10 Months Ago
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      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks almost the same.
      MPLS612
      • 10 Months Ago
      Would rather have the Mazda in the background
      sodamninsane
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks pretty minor to me... think less people would have noticed if they just didn't camo it at all??
      mikeybyte1
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think the grille will still wrap around the headlamps. If you look at the outer edges of the passenger side headlight you can see the cutout is still there. My guess is they are putting a different version of the new Nissan badge/chrome-V thing on the front. The rest is probably just minor tweaks. I agree that they should up the MPG if they could. It looks better in person. As others have pointed out, it's a funky design that looks like nothing else on the road. Sort of what the first gen RAV-4 was.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 10 Months Ago
      This spawn of Aztek needs much more than a front tweak.
      ZS
      • 10 Months Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks this is one of the best-looking cars on the market today? Ok, it doesn't ooze sex appeal like an Aston Martin or possess the crisp styling of recent Mazdas, but in a landscape where cars are beginning to look more and more alike Nissan builds a car that won't be mistaken for anything else on the road. I wish more car companies would take design risks like Nissan took with the Juke.
      carboy55
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cue up the predictable haters, who will say it's ugly for the 4,000th time and add nothing to any discussion because they haven't driven it.
        razorpit
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carboy55
        Calling it ugly adds to the discussion. Don't need to drive to see that.
      James John
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's still ugly.
      Mike Smith
      • 10 Months Ago
      So much salt on the internetz. Meanwhile in the real world. "Nissan Juke sales set a January record at 3,442, up 45.8 percent." Insert Micheal Jordan laughing gif here. lmao
      marv.shocker
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nope, still ugly
      ponycargt
      • 10 Months Ago
      They should have gotten rid of the round lights up front altogether. Hopefully it will now have more conventional looking headlamps and the round lights will become fog lights. Then it will look 100x better
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