Nissan’s updated 2015 Juke, unveiled around this time last year, will make its Australian appearance in late March.
The refreshed 2015 Juke range picks up a handful of subtle styling tweaks, new features and a small new turbo engine. Nissan has also dropped the mid-spec ST-S models from the line-up for 2015.
These updates make the Juke a more expensive prospect for buyers, however, with the price of entry rising from $21,990 to $23,490 before on-road costs.
The niche Juke has been a relatively successful offering in the compact SUV market, with 241 sales in February against 228 in the same period last year.
“This updated vehicle refines a great formula that makes the Juke even more appealing to Australian consumers in the market for a bold, performance-inspired drive,” Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery said today.
Note: Australian Ti-S shown above, overseas model shown below. Australian photos still to come.
Arriving as the entry-level powertrain, the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new 1.2 litre DIG-T four-cylinder engine delivers 85kW and 190Nm.
The new mill replaces the naturally-aspirated 86kW/158Nm 1.6 litre unit of the outgoing range. While its numbers are similar, Nissan promises sharper acceleration and improved torque at low revs.
The 1.2 litre engine also claims marginally better fuel consumption and emissions figures, rating 5.6 l/100km and 129g/km against the old manual-equipped 1.6 engine’s 6.0 l/100km and 139g/km.
The small atmo unit has not disappeared, however: the new 1.2 litre turbo mill is the engine on offer when going for the six-speed manual ST, but buyers leaning toward the Xtronic CVT auto version will be driven by the existing 1.6 engine.
Again headlining the range is the turbocharged 1.6 litre DIG-T engine, with 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque.
Nissan says the 1.6 turbo has been improved to offer better low-end torque, although maximum twist is still available from 2000 to 5200rpm.
The 1.6 turbo engine is available in front-wheel-drive six-speed manual form, or all-wheel-drive Xtronic CVT auto form.
For 2015, the Juke picks up new 370Z-inspired headlights with LED daytime running lights. There’s also an updated grille, tweaked fog lights and a new front bumper.
Wheels too are new, while the rear end gets updated jewel-like tail-lights and a new bumper design.
The door mirrors now feature LED turn signals, and the top-shelf Ti-S models also gain upgraded mirrors with Nissan’s ‘Around View Monitor’ cameras.
The cabin has come in for a subtle update, gaining new trim colours, along with a wrapped-and-stitched binnacle cover.
Elsewhere in the cabin, the updated Juke gets a more spacious cargo area, growing 40 litres to 354 litres.
Standard features with the entry ST model again include cruise control and speed limiter, steering-mounted controls, tilt-adjustable steering, remote keyless entry, fog lights and Bluetooth audio streaming.
A new 17-inch wheel design is also now standard with the ST model.
Ti-S models features include xenon headlights, 18-inch alloys and digital radio.
New enhanced smartphone connectivity is offered with a wider suite of apps, including social media and internet radio, all available through the 5.8 inch touch display.
The updated satellite navigation system also now connects with Google to highlight weather details and the location of fuel stations, hotels, restaurants and other points of interest.
A new ‘send to car’ function also allows drivers to search for a destination from their phone before leaving the house and then transmit the result to the NissanConnect system.
The screen also doubles as the display for Nissan’s ‘Around View Monitor’, offering a birdseye view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings.
Also standard with Ti-S models is Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection.
PRICING (drive-away price in brackets)
- Juke ST - 1.2 DIG-T 2WD, Manual - $23,490 ($26,568)
- Juke ST -1.6 2WD, Xtronic - $24,490 ($27,600)
- Juke Ti-S - 1.6 DIG-T 2WD, Manual - $29,790 ($33,073)
- Juke Ti-S - 1.6 DIG-T AWD, Xtronic - $33,490 ($36,888)
Nissan notes that its drive-away estimate is based on data for Victoria, including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges.