Bigger, bolder and better. Nissan redefines JUKE

IT’S bigger and better than every before. The longer, wider and taller Nissan JUKE launches in Australia this week, and is yet again set to define the segment, with a bold and youthful new look.

Combining a powerful yet efficient new engine, and a stylish and spacious interior, the now more grown up JUKE once again delivers on its promise of excitement and fun from behind the wheel.

Equipped with full front and rear LED lighting as standard, the latest Nissan JUKE also retains its iconic circular headlamps, but with a new Y-shaped signature, which complements Nissan’s V-Motion grille.

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Stylish 17-inch or optional 19-inch alloy wheels deliver an athletic stance, while the ‘floating roof’ design and sharply creased side panel details add a new level of prestige to its road presence. Eight colours ensure the small SUV stands out from the crowd too.

The new power train is a JUKE exclusive, sporting a turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine, delivering 84kW of power and 180Nm of torque, paired with a 7-speed dual clutch auto gearbox that can be controlled manually via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

Alloy in construction, the engine features a compact, lightweight Delta cylinder head with semi-integrated intake and exhaust manifolds. The engine has also received Nissan’s patented Mirror Bore Spray Coating (BSC) liner technology to reduce piston friction.

The result is an impressive fuel economy figure of just 5.8-litres/100km, making the Nissan JUKE among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in Australia. Driver technology is at the forefront too, with a host of new features.

A new 8-inch touchscreen allows buyers to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to mirror their favourite smartphone apps. If they choose not to use their phone’s navigation, TomTom maps and live traffic are available on the ST+, ST-L and Ti variants.

A new 7.0-inch TFT display in the driver’s binnacle (ST-L and Ti) delivers even more personalisation opportunities, while the Nissan-first Bose personal audio system in the range topping Ti offers eight powerful speakers.

The package includes a pair of Bose UltraNearfield speakers integrated into both front seat headrests, so listeners can enjoy immersive music in ultra-clear definition.

Awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the new Nissan JUKE features front, seat-mounted front-side and full-length curtain airbags, as well as advanced active-safety features created under Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

These include forward collision warning and intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and intelligent lane intervention.

Automatic LED headlights with high beam assist, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert wand intelligent driver alert are all standard on the base model ST.

The ST-L adds front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, moving object detection and intelligent cruise control. The Ti model adds tyre-pressure monitoring to the already extensive safety features list.

The Nissan JUKE cockpit is illuminated with ambient lighting (ST-L and Ti) and continues to innovate, with improved functionality and more space for passengers and cargo.

New soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and foot-wells give a premium feel, while a storage binnacle equipped with a USB and 12-volt charge point allows for easy phone storage and charging.

Mono-form seats on all grades add a sporty feel, and improved spinal and lumbar support over longer journeys. The seats also boast bigger bolsters for better lateral support. In the ST-L there’s leather accents, and the Ti boasts Alcantara and quilted leather.

The Nissan JUKE’s increased wheelbase, lower rear floor and redesigned front seats have improved interior space, especially for rear-seat passengers, while rear occupants also benefit from a larger rear door aperture.

In the new model, the rear luggage space is accessed via a lower load lip, leading to a larger cargo area, now measuring 422-litres. The rear has retained its 60/40-split fold-down function to expand the cargo space to 1305-litres for larger items.

Covered by Nissan‘s 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-year roadside assist package, with six years of capped price servicing, the new Nissan JUKE will arrive in dealerships in June, and is priced from $27,990 plus on-roads.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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