Nissan Juke Confirmed For Australia, On Sale Next Year

Mike Stevens | Oct 19, 2012

Nissan's perky motorcycle-inspired Juke crossover is on its way at last, the carmaker has confirmed at this week's Australian International Motor Show.

The news follows confirmation to TMR earlier this year that a brief glimpse of the Juke in a new television campaign was a very real hint at the compact SUV's Australian future.

The Juke will arrive with more than a few new friends, including the new Altima, the big new Patrol and, detailed this week, the new Pulsar and Pulsar SSS models.

While the Juke's local arrival will come nearly three years on from its global debut, Nissan Australia boss William Peffer describes the little SUV as a "strong addition to our already-impressive SUV range".

“The Juke is a car that fits with our brand and has been highly anticipated in the Australian market for quite some time," Peffer said.

"I’m pleased to meet that anticipation with confirmation that the Juke will be turning heads on Australian roads from 2013.”

The Juke is currently sold in Europe, Japan, North America and New Zealand, with production lines in Oppama Japan and Washington, UK.

The Juke shares its platform with the previous-generation Micra, and measures just 4.13 metres long, riding on a 2.53 metre wheelbase.

It's comparable in size to the Kia Soul, and borrows styling cues from across the Nissan line-up, from the Murano through to the 370z's taillights.

Overseas powertrain options include 80kW 1.5 litre and 84kW 1.6 litre petrol mills, an 81kW diesel, and the same 140kW turbocharged four-cylinder powering the upcoming Pulsar SSS.

The Juke is available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, and depending on powertrain/drivetrain configuration can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission, five-speed manual or a CVT automatic.

While full Australian specifications are still to be revealed, Nissan has confirmed that front- and all-wheel-drive models will be offered here.

Expect to hear more about Nissan Australia's plans for the Juke in the coming year.

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  • Sebastian Style Messiah says,
    3 years ago
    Yes, it will be turning heads, and when they turn the other way they will need a vomit bag. Eye searingly ugly!
    • Jock says,
      3 years ago
      Imagine how boring the world would be if anything remotely different from the 'norm' of aesthetics was never released.I might draw the line at the Ssangyong Stavic though...
      • Sebastian Style Messiah says,
        3 years ago
        I don't mind different, as long as it has some style... The original TT is a case in point. I get the 'alternative' appeal of the Juke, but I can't warm to its looks, so for me it will forever be the Puke. I also draw the line at the Stavic.

    • June vick says,
      2 years ago
      How can anyone say the JUKE is ugly, it is so cutting edge and really quirky, why drive a boring looking car, I am 72 and cannot wait to get my JUKE, been waiting 2years now, Buy it will be worth the wait,,,,,,,,
  • Fred says,
    3 years ago
    I love those comments about the Juke and any other car that looks slightly different.

    I like the Juke, because it is different. I wouldn't buy one, because it is too small for what I need.

    Falcadore drivers really have a problem with being different, as they all look the same. So how to differentiate yourself in a Commodore??? It's not the Chevy badge anymore wink
    • Sebastian Style Messiah says,
      3 years ago
      Wow, how did you guess that I drive an SS with Chevy bow ties on it. You must be some kind of Physic. Now, where did I out my copy of 4wd Pig Shooter.
      • Fred says,
        3 years ago
        Why do you take this personal? So, you are a Commodore driver?
        Thanks for supporting the dying Aussie car industry.
  • Mark says,
    2 years ago
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    2 weeks ago excited to be waiting for my Juke.
    Got my Juke after 500kms the engine light come on
    Dealer has said they don't know when I get it back as they have no parts in Australia, Nissan have given me a lone car (370z) Gotta be happy with that but my back is starting to hurt getting in and out of the contraption.
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