Nissan has been very careful to keep the Juke looking as weird as it always has. The model they have brought to Geneva suffers no big changes over the outgoing variant, but it does feature new-shape headlights, the manufacturer’s new grille and some fresh tech options.
The lights are similar in shape to those found on a 370Z, though, on the Juke nose, they create a different overall look, plus they can now be had as Xenons. The new gas-filled bulbs will give it a posher appearance (from a distance and at night) and are complimented by an opening sunroof, new range of alloy wheels, an extended color palette that features three new shades plus the extensive personalization options that are now on offer.
Two-wheel drive versions will benefit from a 40 percent more cavernous boot, thanks to a rethink of the luggage area which can now hold up to 354 liters.
There’s also a new 1.2-liter (DIG-T) turbocharged engine that replaces the 1.6-liter unit the Juke’s been available with; it makes slightly less power, at 113 hp, but more toqrue than before, rated at 190 Nm (140 lb-ft). It reportedly uses 5.5 l/100 km (42 mpg US/ 51.3 mpg UK) with stop/start specified, partly on the merit of not being available with efficiency-denting all-wheel drive.
The other petrol engine, a 1.6-liter DIG-T “has been further improved to deliver lower end torque below 2,000 rpm” through obtaining a higher compression ratio than before and cooler operation of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). It can be had either as a front-wheel drive model or with all-wheel drive, mated as standard to a six-speed manual or the optional Xtronic setup (a CVT); specs for the 1.5-liter dCI remain unchanged.
Tech is another area where this revised Juke reaps benefits: all models come with trendy LED daytime-running lights as standard, while NissanConnect, Nissan Safety Shield and Around View Monitor are all desirable options.
The 2014 Juke (2015MY in North America) will go on sale this summer.
By Andrei Nedelea