A look back at the design of the crossover SUV hatchback the Nissan Juke.
In 2010, Japanese car manufacturer Nissan decided to break new ground with their Nissan Juke hatchback. A mini-crossover, the 5-door hatchback combined all the best bits of a SUV with an easy-to-drive city car. Styling is perhaps the most noticeable feature of the Nissan Juke model with its distinctive grille and high-set head lights.
The eye-catching design of the Nissan Juke was created at the Nissan Design Europe centre in London and received further honing at the hands of the Nissan Design Centre in Japan. The body was based on the Nissan B platform and the style has been likened to the Maxima model. There is a clear sporty twist to the body’s high waistline which gives an impression of power, much like a high 4×4 body. Several sports references abound, with the main headlights echoing a rally-style vehicle while the centre console resembles a motorcycle tank.
Several engine options have been made available for global purchasers of the Nissan Juke, with a 1.5L, 1.6L, 1.6L Turbo and a 1.5L diesel on the market. There is a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed manual transmission option as well as continuously variable transmission (CVT).
All standard models showcase the Integrated Control System (I-CON) which is located on the Juke’s lower dashboard. This unique in-car feature allows the driver to alter the climate control settings and to change the drive mode, which gives the options of Normal, Sport or Eco settings.
Three trim levels are available for purchase within Europe, namely the Visia, Acenta and Tekna trims. Although the unusual style of the Juke isn’t to everyone’s taste, there is no doubt that it has few comparable vehicles in the same class. Its unusual looks make it stand out as a crossover SUV, for all the right reasons.