Nissan has released images and details of the all-new Juke compact crossover.
The Juke was one of the pioneering models in the B-segment SUV market when it launched in 2010 but it now faces massive competition from models such as the VW T-Cross, Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3 and Seat Arona.
To try to make it stand out from the crowd, the new Sunderland-built Juke retains many of the bold but divisive styling elements of the old model and brings a wealth of new technology.
Although it’s an all-new car, the Juke still carries some of the features that made the original so recognisable. The over-under lights remain, with giant round LED headlamps set beneath skinny running lights, and the rest of the shape is also fairly familiar, with the window and rooflines pinching together at the rear to give the Juke a coupe-style silhouette. But the curvy lines of the old model have been replaced with sharper edges and the whole car is bigger than before.
At 4.2m it’s 7.5cm longer than before and 3.5cm wider, addressing one the last generation’s biggest problems – a lack of space.
Inside, a much longer wheelbase means rear passengers get nearly 6cm more knee room and a 1cm increase in headroom. The boot is also a significant 20 per cent larger – at 422 litres – yet the whole car is 23kg lighter than the outgoing model and more rigid thanks to the use of more high-strength steel.
At launch, the new Juke will come with just one engine – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 115bhp. It will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and come with selectable drive modes for “eco”, “standard” and “sport” settings.
As well as issues with space the old Juke suffered from a fairly ropey interior so the new one has been completely reimagined. There are new soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and even foot wells, and the controls and storage have been reworked to be more user friendly.
All but the most basic models get an eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring. TomTom navigation and wifi connectivity are also available and the NissanConnect Services app lets owners do everything from lock doors to check tyre pressures via their phone and also works with Google Assistant.
For the first time, the Juke also gets Nissan’s ProPilot driver assist systems with adaptive cruise and lane keep assistance. Other safety technology includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition, lane intervention, rear cross traffic alert, and active blind spot intervention to stop drivers pulling into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind.
Prices for the new Juke will start at £17,395 for Visia spec, rising to £25,295 for the top-of-the-range Tekna+.
Nissan says owners will be able to extensively personalise their cars with a variety of colour combinations for body, roof and interior, as well as a choice of different alloy wheels. Tekna+ models will also offer customisable bumpers, side sills and 19-inch alloys.
Orders for the new Juke are open now, with the first customer deliveries expected in late November.