New Nissan Juke for Europe Strongly Hints at U.S. Version

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Nissan unveiled an updated version of its controversial Juke subcompact at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. The diminutive SUV is a best-seller in Europe, its most popular market, but hasn't found much fanfare in the U.S. Nissan hopes this update will allow it to continue its dominance of the premium subcompact category overseas and maybe turn more heads in the U.S.

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The new European version maintains the unusual exterior style of the current Juke, while adapting some front and rear styling from the broader look of the Nissan family. The most notable change is new running lights, which look similar to those on the Altima sedan, and are still prominently located in the upper fenders. The large, round headlights are now nestled into a revised grille and lower bumper design.

More prominent taillights seem glued onto the rear fenders. They're a more aggressive design than the current Juke, but no less distinctive and polarizing. Some new wheel designs ranging from 16 to 18 inches have been included, and in Europe, special colored customizing packs will be offered for wheels, side mirrors, side sills, roof spoiler and door handles.

The Juke's sport-bike motorcycle themed interior continues largely unchanged in the new model however.

Three powertrains will be offered in Europe, including a diesel, but that would be unlikely to hit the U.S. New to the Juke is a turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, making about 114 horsepower and 140 pounds-feet of torque. This replaces the non-turbo 1.6-liter base engine in the Juke with a more powerful motor that will get better fuel economy, according to Nissan. Optional will be the 190-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that's been revised to make more torque below 2,000 rpm. As before, transmissions will be a choice of a six-speed manual or Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission with optional all-wheel drive.

The new Juke goes on sale in Europe later this year. There's no word on when it will show up in the States, but it will likely look like this when it does. Click on any image for a larger version.

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2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

Comments 

This thing is sooooo UGLY that I almost yearn for the long departed Pontiac Aztek!

groundzero

The Juke is doing great in the US considering it sells as well, if not better, than the Subaru XV and Buick Encore. And it sells more than Tucson, etc.

John

I really like it. I hope by the time I'm ready to buy one they still make it new.

Tony

Regular Juke looks a bit plain. But Nismo is super hot. I love the idea. My problem is with small turbo engine. I would be more content with 2L regular engine. Juke is definitely not for everyone. 10 years ago I couldn't imagine I would even look at it but now it seem as good fun idea

GeorgeC

Yeah, no more crappy dual beam 9007/HB5 POS headlights.

JCA

Still looks like a bug, about to get eaten by something larger.
No thanks Nissan.

Robyn

The Nissan Joke?

Stephen

This car looks like it has a venereal disease.

wain

To John: when ready to buy again will you buy it if they make it used?
I will gladly accept one of this for free any day, however given a choice will select different model and brand that actually looks nice.

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