Bigger and better second-gen Juke
Nissan’s second-generation Juke compact SUV is about to dot down here, bigger than before, and the three-model range is powered by a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0L engine, generating 84kW and 180Nm.
Previously its 1.6L atmo unit created 86kW and 158Nm, and it was tied to a CVT. The new mill is mated to a paddle-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels, and has a claimed combined fuel figure of 5.8L/100km. Previously the mean was 6.3L/100km.
If it looks bigger in the images, that’s because it is, growing in length by 75mm (4210mm), in width by 35mm to 1800mm and in height by 30mm to 1595mm. The kerb weight of 1251-1274kg is around 30kg more than the original, due mainly to the increase in size and added sound deadening that makes the cabin quieter.
Retaining the funky design aspects of the original, it is now equipped with full LED lighting as standard, the circular headlamps retained but with a new Y-shaped signature. Wheels are 17-inch items, with 19s an option.
Special features of the new Juke include a bigger luggage area of 422L (up from 354L), expanding to 1305L with just two seats in play, an eight-inch touchscreen that’s compatible with both smartphone types, and a new underlying common module platform (CMF-B).
The body structure is said to be six per cent lighter and 13 percent more rigid, thanks to the enhanced use of ultra-high-strength steel. This feature along with stiffer suspension elements should mean an improved ride and handling mix.
New Juke managed a five-star safety rating from EuroNCAP, and similarly achieved a five-star rating from ANCAP recently, attaining ‘robust scores in each of the four key areas’.
Safety items include forward collision warning and AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and lane keeping, and auto-dipping main beams. All models also get a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, BSM and RCTA. The range kicks off at $32,990 or the ST.
The mid-level ST-L ($37,990) adds front parking sensors, surround camera system and active cruise control. Ti ($44,390) adds tyre pressure monitoring, and leather and Alcantar trim, and 19-inch alloys, along with an uprated eight-speaker Bose sound system which features a pair of speakers mounted in the front-seat headrests. Navigation is by integrated phone or by TomTom Maps in the upper two ST-L and Ti variants.
The interior of the new Juke is not only bigger but better presented, with more soft-touch materials, USB and 12v charge points, and more supportive seats with partial leather cladding in the upper two models. Rear seat occupants get an extra 58mm of knee room and easier access with bigger doors.
The Juke is covered by Nissan’s five-year, 150,000km warranty and five-year, 24-hour roadside assistance.