Nissan going all tech-savvy
TECH PACKAGE FOR NISSAN CROSSOVER: Nissan’s Juke becomes even more appealing with tech and design package on the new n-tec variant. SA customers can look forward to a new diesel model arriving later in 2013. Image: NISSAN
LONDON, England - Nissan UK has added to the appeal of its crossover Juke with the launch of the new n-tec model.
Based on the existing Acenta Premium model, the new Juke n-tec has been given a style kit and more tech: it has black B pillars, door mirrors and strips at the front and rides on 225/45 tyres and 18” black/silver alloys. The interior has a black centre console and door trim - if you're a Juke fan take a look at the...
SA RANGE TO EXPAND
A Nissan SA spokesperson said while South Africa would not get the Juke n-tec a local range expansion over the next few weeks would offer a constantly variable (auto) transmission, all-wheel drive and the introduction of a 1.5 diesel later in 2013.
But back to the UK model... it has a new generation Connect system to integrate the Juke's satnav with Bluetooth and MP3 players. Using a 14.7cm colour touchscreen, the system also incorporates Google Send-To-Car technology that allows owners to plan and send their route to the car before they leave home (that would be nice, Nissan SA!).
According to Nissan UK: "In addition to being more convenient, it's also safer - removing the temptation to plot a route when on the move."
Drivers will have access to Google’s Points of Interest (POI) database and can request weather forecasts, local fuel prices and flight information.
Nissan has also enhanced the navigation system, with its a new “exit view” display with lane guidance and an economy readout that “scores” the driver according to how economically they drive.
The UK n-tec models have Nissan Dynamic Control System which allows the driver to select preferred driving modes and climate control via the touchscreen. Other tech includes a reversing camera, auto climate control and audio with Bluetooth and USB port.
Buyers can choose from three engines - one diesel and two petrol. Customers will also have the of All-Mode 4x4i and the automaker’s Xtronic M-CVT when ordered with the 1.6 DIG-T engine. Perhaps all that will come with the local upgrade. Please, Nissan?