NISSAN HAS REVEALED the production version of last year's Qazana concept, in the form of the 2010 Nissan Juke. True to its word, Nissan has retained much of the Qazana's quirky styling, describing it as "part SUV, part sports car".
Speaking with TMR today, Nissan Australia Head of Corporate Communications, Jeff Fisher was clear that the Juke is not likely to make its way to Australia.
"There's no plans for it at the moment, that's the official line," Mr Fisher said.
The compact SUV, falling between the Micra and Dualis in general dimensions, borrows styling cues from across the Nissan line-up, from the Murano through to the 370z's taillights.
Pointing to customer research undertaken in the European market, Nissan describes the Juke as an alternative to the ???traditional, uninspiring small hatchback???.
???Nissan caught the mood of the European car-buying public with Qashqai crossover and we???ve worked hard to study the market in the same way for Juke to be sure we meet the needs of European customers,??? Nissan Europe???s Senior Vice President or Sales and Marketing, Simon Thomas said.
???We???re confident that Juke will bring a new generation of customers to Nissan, in the same way that Qashqai did.???
While the exterior has maintained the unmistakably wild Qazana look, the Juke's cabin has been brought back down to Earth - except perhaps for the retrotastic centre column.
In Europe, the Juke will be powered by a range of engines, including a new 1.6 litre turbo-charged, direct-injected petrol engine developing 140kW and 240Nm of torque.
A second petrol engine, the newly-developed HR16DE version of Nissan's naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre petrol engine, developing 117kW, will round out the petrol options.
On the diesel front, Renault's 1.5 litre dCi unit, producing 82kW and 240Nm of torque, is the engine of choice.
The Juke will be offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, the turbo-charged FWD 1.6 litre paired with a six-speed manual, while the AWD version gets a CVT automatic transmission with a six-speed manual mode.
The naturally aspirated 1.6 litre can be paired with either a five-speed manual or the updated XTRONIC CVT, while the 1.5 litre diesel is matched to the six-speed manual only.
Nissan says its ALL-Mode 4x4-i electronic all-wheel-drive system gains torque vectoring technology, reducing understeer and improving handling.
Suspension in the front-wheel-drive Juke is handled up front by MacPherson struts, while the rear is managed by a torsion beam setup. All-wheel-drive models feature a multi-link rear suspension arrangement, based on the Dualis' setup.
Following in the Qazana concept???s footsteps, the Juke will debut at this year???s Geneva show in March, with European sales expected to begin shortly after.