Nissan is the brand responsible for the popularity of SUVs in today’s market, making it an ideal candidate for promoting such vehicles.
Sales data more than demonstrate that his vision was prescient and accurate in equal parts.
The Japanese house saw a world of opportunities in this type of vehicle before many others, showing that he was right.
In light of this, it seems fitting to focus on one of his earliest works of creation in this context.
On this occasion, from Motorbli, we will analyze the Nissan Juke, the urban crossover that many people consider to be the beginning of all of this that we are living in the present with the fever of the SUV above.
Why did it become such a significant trendsetter? What distinguishes it from others and makes it unique and special? It is best to continue reading to find the answer.
After putting everything in its proper place, it is time to move on to the nougat once and for all and put the magnifying glass on the five points that are so important in which we usually affect when making a review of a car: its exterior design, its mechanical structure, the internal equipment that is offered, the price at which you can get it, and a comparison with a model of a competing brand that is functionally equivalent.
When discussing the Nissan Juke, one refers to a subcompact sport utility vehicle (SUV) or crossover that has been produced for more than ten years and has gone through two generations.
It began its journey in 2010 when it was launched after the great success of Nissan Qashqai, clearly showing its potential (and now has) in this niche. It was designed to be used in the city and by families and began its journey back then.
Nine years later, in 2019, its second generation saw the light of day.
This marked the appearance of new dimensions and weight, a more corpulent appearance, and new components among its equipment.
Additionally, the dimensions and weight of the device remained the same.
More specifically, it has a length of approximately 4.21 meters, a width of about 1.80 meters, and a height of about 1.59 meters.
To these proportions must be added a wheelbase that is estimated at 2.64 meters and is homologated for five passengers; all of this positions it as a spacious car, more so if possible, considering that its trunk houses approximately 422 liters (354 for the hybrid version) of storage capacity, which can go up to 1,237 liters if the second row of seats is lowered in the proportion of 60:40.
To achieve a weight of about 23 kilograms while remaining slim (the hybrid is 90 kilograms heavier).
In the front grille, the distinctive V is highlighted, and the headlights, which are just as unusual for Nissan as the V, are also present.
They are then divided into oval lamps and isolated from the elongated daytime running lights located in the vehicle’s upper area.
LED technology has been incorporated into most of the range’s exterior lighting fixtures.
Its floating roof, shown in color different from the rest of the body, gives it a sporty and dynamic character in equal parts.
This is accompanied by a very pronounced roof drop at the vehicle’s rear.
The rear door handle is integrated into the C-pillar, giving the impression that the vehicle only has three doors.
This is another detail that helps give the car a sporty appearance and contributes to its overall appeal.
Looking at the back of it, we can see that it has geometric and three-dimensional optics, which are associated with modernity and a sense of vibrancy.
In addition, there is a spoiler that runs the length of the roof, a rear window that slopes downward, and a large bumper that is accompanied by a large plastic section in the area below it.
Because it has alloy wheels that are 19 inches in diameter, the vehicle has prominent wheel arches on the side of it. This allows the car to accommodate its larger size.
The CMF-B platform, which is the result of the company’s partnership with Renault and enables it to carry on board more advanced technologies and propulsion systems that are more efficient, forms the basis of the ensemble representing the vehicle’s design.
This aspect is where the update that it receives in 2022 focuses its attention since it adds a hybrid version to its offering that complements the gasoline that is already available, with the 1.0 DIG-T propellant and its turbocharged block of three cylinders and 999 cubic centimeters that delights in 117 horsepower of power at 5,250 revolutions per minute and 200 Nm of peak torque that looks when it is between 1,750 and 3,750 rpm.
It is paired with a manual transmission with six speeds, but it also provides the option of adding an automatic dual-clutch transmission with seven gears and various driving modes.
It can reach its maximum speed of 180 kilometers per hour and accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in approximately 11.1 seconds.
The hybrid version has received the ECO label from the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico), has a slightly different grille to its gasoline companion with a more closed format to improve aerodynamics, and has a gloss black upper horizontal bar that joins two sharp daytime running lights, among other aesthetic features.
It also has a more profiled spoiler at the rear.
In any case, it is made up of a naturally aspirated gasoline engine that is 1.6 liters in size and produces 94 horsepower and 148 Nm of peak torque.
This engine is combined with an additional electric drive that produces 49 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque.
In total, it has 145 horsepower that coexists with a high-voltage generator made by Renault capable of generating 15 kW, in addition to an inverter and a liquid-cooled battery with a capacity of 1.2 kWh.
All of these components contribute to the overall power of the vehicle.
According to the Japanese company, it uses a multimode gearbox for its transmission. It consists of clutches that attempt to reduce friction and allow switching between four combustion and two electric gears. This information was obtained from the Japanese company.
Its control unit makes intelligent decisions regarding the shifting times, the battery’s regeneration, and the propellers’ operation.
Finally, it can travel 55 kilometers per hour without using an internal combustion engine.
This means that, according to Nissan, it is possible to complete 80 percent of an urban route without gasoline.
The majority of the components found inside the cabin are made of materials that have a warm and pleasant feel to the touch.
This positively impacts the overall impression of the vehicle’s quality and has nothing to do with the first generation, which was distinguished by components that were made of rigid plastic and had a chilly fee, as well as that amplitude, discussed previously, which accounts for 5.8 centimeters of knee room in the rear seats and 1.1 centimeters of headroom in the back.
If we move closer to the area of the front seats, you will notice that there is a central screen that is seven inches in size and controls the dashboard.
This screen is equipped with the most recent advancements that Nissan has made in terms of connectivity and infotainment.
It has separate climate control that can be operated independently from the on-screen menus.
Still, it has physical rules that make it much simpler to adjust the temperature inside the vehicle.
However, it does not have a digital instrument panel and instead uses analog clocks to display the speed and engine revs.
These analog clocks are connected to a small central screen equipped with onboard computer functions and the rest of the information that controls the hybrid system’s operation.
A detail of finish that is not very common to see in a market segment marked by the price war between manufacturers is imitation leather lining the dashboard of the top-of-the-line versions of the vehicle.
This detail of finish also extends to the doors of the car.
Therefore, there are a total of seven different levels of finish that differentiate them based on their designs, the wheels’ size, and the roof’s color.
These levels are as follows: Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna, Enigma, N-Design Active, and N-Design Chic are the names of the various models produced by N-Design.
LED headlights, keyless access, and start, dual-zone climate control, keyless opening and start, rear camera, connectivity for mobile devices, multimedia system with up to an eight-inch panel, and a list of assistants and driving aids are some of the technological features that are included.
The Nissan Juke has a starting price of 22,522 dollars, corresponding to the version with a Visia finish, a gasoline engine, and a manual gearbox. Considering all this information, the Nissan Juke has a starting price of 22,522 dollars.
The model with the N-Design Chic equipment and a manual gearbox has a starting price of 23,550 dollars and was previously the most expensive option before the hybrid version became available.
On the other hand, the hybrid has a starting price of approximately 31,350 dollars.
When we have finished discussing everything that the Japanese crossover has to offer, it is time to broaden our horizons and evaluate some of the performance of the Japanese model in comparison to another model that competes in the same market niche.
We have decided to use the Citroen C3 Aircross for this particular event.
In comparison to the main character of these lines, the French model is shorter (4.16 meters in length), narrower (1.76 meters in width), and taller (1.64 meters).
Because of this, its wheelbase is slightly shorter than average, measuring 2.60 meters.
As a result, passengers have less room to move around and may find it less comfortable.
Also, its trunk starts with a lower capacity of 410 liters, but it can go up to 520 if the rear bench is advanced to its furthest position, and it can go up to 1,289 if the second row of seats is completely folded down.
Unlike the Juke, it is available in diesel iterations, which are housed in engines with 110 and 120 horsepower and can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or another automatic torque converter.
Additionally, it has more gasoline-powered mechanisms, specifically a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with 110 and 130 horsepower, but it does not have any hybrid variants.
Inside, only five different levels of equipment are available, each with interesting features.
However, the upholstery is made of materials such as fabric and hard plastics rather than the softer plastics that are more pleasant to the touch.
This brings its starting price up to approximately 18,980 dollars. At the other end of the spectrum, its most expensive model has a price tag that begins at 27,470 dollars.
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