Nissan Juke boxes clever


10 September 2019

NISSAN’S revamped post-Brexit Juke will cost from £17,395 when the first of the newcomers emerge from the company’s North East factory in November.

The styling of the eye-catching small SUV has been toned down in order to blend in with the rest of the company’s family designs, which makes it seem less outrageous.

Described as the Marmite of SUV styles, the Juke has been a huge seller for Nissan but now faces massive competition as the sector grows to more than 20 competing models.

It is a sector of the market that accounts for a quarter of all new car sales and is expected to continue to expand at the expense of the traditional hatchback, with which it is now neck and neck.

The new Juke aims to build on the success of the current car, which has been rolling off the Sunderland production line virtually unchanged for almost a decade.

In its latest guise it is fractionally bigger on the outside but boasts much more room inside, including an increase in boot space of almost 70 litres.

Initially there will be a single choice of just one small petrol engine, although hybrid and full-electric versions are likely to follow in due course.

The one-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit is already in use in the Nissan Micra and comes with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions.

The current CVT transmission quietly disappears, with the newcomer achieving a respectable 0-60mph acceleration time of about ten and a half seconds in manual mode.

This rises to 11 seconds for the automatic, with a 110mph top speed in both cases, thanks to a power output of 115bhp and pulling power of 200Nm.

Curiously, the company offers no figures for the all-import CO2 emissions or even economy. It is expected that the former will come in at about 115g/km, with the latter being about 45mpg.

 

Whilst there is no mistaking the distinctive and curvaceous Juke shape, in this latest guise it is larger and less dramatic, having been stretched by 105mm between the front and rear wheels.

This creates an extra six centimetres of legroom for rear occupants, whilst taller passengers will appreciate the fractional increase in headroom.

There are three optional interior colour schemes, comprising white, black or orange, with a further choice of leather or Alcantara trim materials.

The size of the infotainment touchscreen grows to eight inches, with higher-spec models also offering an additional seven-inch driver’s screen behind the steering wheel.

Also fitted are onboard WiFi, TomTom maps and Nissan Connect that enables drivers to communicate with their cars from outside.

Safety-wise the major advance is Nissan ProPILOT that is a step towards autonomous driving, together with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

Hill start assist, cruise control and traffic sign recognition are also on offer, with prices ranging from £17,395 to £25,395.

Nissan is offering a continued North East manufacturing promise, stating ``the all-new Nissan Juke will continue to be produced in Sunderland.’’