• New engine, cosmetic changes
NEW SENSE OF COOL: Nissan has refreshed its funky Juke for 2015 with loads of upgrades. Image: Nissan
• Range now turbocharged • NissanConnect phone
Nissan’s design team has given what is claimed to be the world’s first B-segment crossover a concentrated dose of Juke-ness for 2015.
The updated cars should be in your local dealer's showroom now with redesigned front and rear styling and a significant upgrade in comfort.“More than 500 000 people across the globe have gone for a Juke since its global introduction in 2010. In South Africa, we've maintained a near 300-a-month average a month since its introduction in 2011, selling close on 12 000 units in the period to date.”
Nissan SA's marketing boss Konstantin von Vieregge told Wheels24: “The Juke is a surprising vehicle in many respects. Apart from its unique styling, the slightly irreverent Juke has surprised market-watchers with its performance and appeal to styling enthusiasts of all ages, male and female.
STYLING AND DESIGN
• Refreshed bumpers, lights and side mirror
• Newly designed and larger wheels
• Favourite Juke styling cues untouched
The refreshed Juke retains many of its favourite elements, such as the sporty sloping roofline, SUV stance and hidden rear door handles, while updating many other elements to align with the current popular Nissan crossover design language.
All three levels of lighting have been given more prominence, starting with the fog lights that nestle in a newly designed black air intake and redesigned colour-coded bumper, says its maker. The rounded fog lights with new clear lenses take centre stage and flank a new grille with grated design and a bolder SUV-style Nissan badge. This badge cue is repeated in the centre console instrumentation and at the back of the car in the diffuser design.
The uppermost-lights that have been completely redesigned with its boomerang shape and integrated daytime running lights – standard across the range. New side mirrors with turn signals are squared off and bolder, and in the Tekna specification integrate, wide-angle cameras that link to the rear and nose camera to offer 360 degree visibility when manoeuvring the Juke.
New alloy wheels complete the packaged and have been inched up from 16” to 17” on all but the 1.2 DIG-T Acenta model and from 17” to 18” on the Tekna models.
The rear has a new luggage door with wider number plate area, and the new diffuser and rear air dam have been redesigned to create a wider and more purposeful stance for the Juke. There's also a new roof-mounted aerial, completely redesigned rear light, rear reflectors and an exhaust pipe.
• Premium treatment for centre console
• High level of standard specification
• Luggage storage area 40% bigger
Inside Nissan says the Juke has retained all its playful elements that have made it a top seller. The centrepiece remains the painted transmission tunnel, which is inspired by the radical lines of an Italian superbike and hints of the Juke’s nimble road manners. There's also the speed-sensitive sport steering wheel with satellite controls, contoured front seats and large, circular gauges.
The entry-level Acenta model has Bluetooth phone integration, cruise control with speed-limiting capabilities, Stop/Start technology and climate control. All models in the range also have vehicle dynamic control (VDC) and six airbags, key elements to the Juke’s five star Euro NCAP rating.
In response to customer feedback, Nissan claims its engineers have redesigned the luggage storage area and lowered the space saver spare wheel to increase the luggage space by no less than 40% from 251 litres to 354 litres. This applies to all models, except the 4WD model, which has to house a rear differential and multi-link rear suspension system.
• 1.2 DIG-T replaces normally aspirated 1.6
• Range now turbocharged
• I-Con vehicle control system
• 4WD and XTronic transmission available
The new 1.2 DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbo) engine, which debuted on the new Qashqai replaces the normally aspirated 1.6 litre petrol engine that powered the entry-level Juke models.
The 1.2 DIG-T engine features a turbo and intercooler and offers 85kW from 4500rpm and 190Nm from 2000rpm to 4000rpm. Nissan claims improved fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100km.
The second petrol engine is the popular 1.6 DIG-T. Equipped with the same technology as the 1.2 unit, it makes 140kW from 5600rpm and 240Nm from 1600 and 5200rpm on tap. This engine propels you to 100 km/h in 8 seconds and uses 6.9 litres of fuel in a combined driving cycle.
The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine offers 260Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm and 81kW at 4000rpm. It reaches 100km/h in 11.2 seconds and only sips an 4.2 litres of diesel in a combined driving cycle.
The engines are mated to a choice of direct-shifting six-speed gearbox or Nissan’s XTronic constantly variable transmission, depending on the model and engine choice.
• Juke introduces Nissan Safety Shield
• 6 airbags, VDC standard
• Nissan DataDot, immobiliser and alarm
The Juke has carried a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating since its introduction, and Nissan has not compromised on its high level of safety specifications with the upgraded model, which includes front, side and curtain airbags and vehicle dynamic control across the range. There's also electronic brake-force distribution, brake-assist and anti-lock braking (ABS).
The Juke is secured with a Nissan immobiliser, an alarm system and the Nissan DataDot identification system, which Nissan pioneered and which has now become a regulated fitment to all new vehicles sold in South Africa.
The Safety Shield system is capable of detecting and warning the driver of moving objects around the vehicle whilst manoeuvring the vehicle at parking speeds. Once at cruising speed, the system shifts to provide lane departure and blind spot warning systems.
1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta - R254 900
1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta+ - R277 900
1.5 dCi Juke Acenta+ - R299 900
1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna - R325 900
1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna with Sunroof and NissanConnect - R354 900
1.6 DIG-T 4WD XTronic Juke Tekna with Sunroof and NissanConnect - R364 900
Each Juke is sold with a three-year or 45 000km service plan* and a three-year or 100 000km mechanical warranty.
* Nissan originally issued this information stating a three-year or 90 000km service plan.