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Nissan's Juke turbo is no joke

2010-03-31 07:55
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Nissan
Model Juke
Engine 1.6l turbo
Power 132kW
Torque 230Nm
Nissan’s Juke crossover is set to wow the crowds when the New York motor show opens on Wednesday.

A brave venture from the Japanese manufacturer (is there really a market for small crossovers?) the Juke is one of the most radical car designs to be signed off for production in years.

Although the polarising front styling (especially those Renault Laguna Coupesque slit headlights and huge pseudo foglights) renders the Juke as a rather unsubtle looking car, the car’s cute proportions and neat rump (with Volvo C30 lookalike taillights) manages to balance everything out.

Dynamic cabin

Inside the cabin features leather, a rearview camera, push-button ignition, satnav, powered moonroof, six airbags and a faux 370Z three-spoke steering wheel.

Mechanically the baby crossover will be available in either front or four-wheel drive. Both configurations are powered by Nissan’s 1.6l direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which boosts up to 132kW and 230Nm.

Front-wheel drive Jukes shift via a six-speed manual transmission, whilst the all-wheel drive models feature a dual-pedal CVT shift regime.

To ensure outstanding dynamics, Nissan’s equipped the all-wheel drive Juke with a torque-vectoring system – able to cut and apportion power between the opposing aft axle wheels.

The Juke is expected to go on sale in the North American market towards the middle of the year.

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