Range-topper to get 187bhp to rival Mini Cooper S
3 March 2010

Nissan’s radical new Juke crossover, revealed at today's Geneva motor show, looks set to take on the likes of the Mini Countryman Cooper S with a 187bhp range-topping turbocharged petrol engine.

The new car, which Nissan claims will appeal mainly to male buyers, has no direct rivals in today’s car market but is designed to replicate the success the Qashqai has had in the C-segment, against cars such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus. Nissan wants the car to attract younger customers to the brand; it claims “under half will be below 40”.

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But the Juke will offer a considerably more advanced mechanical make-up than conventional B-segment models. Along with the 187bhp engine, the Juke will also be available with four-wheel drive and a torque vectoring system, the likes of which has only been available until now on cars such as the BMW X6.

Designed in the UK at Nissan’s Paddington Design Centre, the Juke uses SUV styling proportions to create a car that’s considerably wider and longer than a Micra, although at 1570mm high it’s only 30mm taller.

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Inside, the car’s fascia is much more conventional than the exterior; the most striking feature is the centre console, which comes in body-coloured paint and is said to have been inspired by the fuel tank from a motorbike.

Underneath, the Juke uses a widened, lengthened version of the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform, also used in the Clio and Micra; it’s 2530mm wheelbase is 10cm longer, and the platform's extra width means it can accommodate wider tracks. That’s allowed Nissan to offer the Juke with 17-inch wheels and 215-section tyres.

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Suspension remains a MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear for the two-wheel drive versions, but unusually Nissan has decided to fit the four-wheel drive models with a new multi-link suspension at the rear. This should give the Juke handling to rival the class leaders'.

The 187bhp 1.6 turbo will be the only Juke available as a four-wheel-drive model; two-wheel-drive cars get a six-speed manual, but the four-wheel-drive variant comes with a CVT transmission.

The drivetrain is a development of the system in the Qashqai, with torque vectoring that splits torque from wheel to wheel across the rear axle.

There will also be a more powerful version of the Micra and Note’s 1.6 petrol, with 113bhp for the two-wheel-drive models only, and a 1.4 diesel.

Nissan is offering the Juke with plenty of big-car options, such as keyless entry and start, a rear-view camera and automatic headlights. Other options include underbody protector plates, illuminated door sills and a roof spoiler.

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10 February 2010

Without commenting on the styling, i would question how this can compete with a Cooper S, If you only get the powerful engine with 4wd and an auto box then its just not aimed at the same market. Hopefully the engine and gearbox range will be expanded, as should the 4WD.

But if it priced right i guess we will soon get used to its appearance

10 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Nissan’s radical new Juke crossover looks set to take on the likes of the Mini Cooper S [/quote]

Cooper S or Countryman? I know everyone is trying to take a shot at Mini at the moment, but this seems a little unlikely, even with 187hp on board. The article doesn't give an overall length, but it would seem a better competitor for the Countryman.

It is also interesting to see this car after all the debate in the forums recently about Audi/BMW/Jaguar styling. While the Juke certainly looks fresh and different, I am not sure that it will still look so clever in 5 years' time.

10 February 2010

First reaction, WOW. I'll go back and read the article now.

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10 February 2010

Is the report meant to say its a rival for the countryman cooper s? rather than the standard mini?

either way, what a hopelessly terrible car. i think theyre getting 'young males' mixed up with school run mums / old people.

10 February 2010

what happened to the 100nx 200sx replacements?

At least nissan has a decent engine now it can use for a sporty car, they just need to make the car now, the juke is a joke.

but the rear suspension and 4wd could be good for a small sports car. And it would have a niche aswell which nissan seem obsessed by finding rather than making popular cars.

10 February 2010

[quote disco.stu]Cooper S or Countryman?[/quote]

beat me to it : )

10 February 2010

should this be Nissan Joke?

10 February 2010

Audi A1 this morning; Nissan Juke this afternoon - that's becoming one crowded market segment - somebody's going to get their fingers burnt.

10 February 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]should this be Nissan Joke?[/quote]

I got that one out the way.

10 February 2010

With all the carping that goes on within this site about 'same again' design you would think the appearance of something genuinely fresh and different would get a more positive reaction.

Good on Nissan. I think there wise to realise that in an ever more crowded market place offering something that stands out has got to be a good thing. Going down the Qashqai route after years of the dreary Almera appears to have paid off judging by the amount I see on the road.

For my money this has got to be more appealing than the uber bland new Audi A3, sorry A1....


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