Nissan has announced the pricing for its brand new Juke, a supermini-sized crossover that’s set to shake up the small car segment.
Aiming to do for the supermini what the Nissan Qashqai did for the family hatchback, the new Nissan Juke combines funky looks inside and out with a raised driving position to create a five-door compact car that appears to be part coupé and part SUV.
The Juke is sure to cause a stir once it hits UK roads in September, but will it also prove a shock to your wallet?
Innovation with no pricing premium?
Pricing for the Nissan Juke starts at just £12,795, which compares very favourably with the far more ordinary Ford Fiesta – and you can have a 187bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol version from as little as £15,695, which again compares very well to rival hot hatches.
The ultimate range-topping Juke does admittedly cost a hefty £19,995. But this includes a highly sophisticated Xtronic CVT four-wheel drive system with performance-enhancing ‘torque vectoring’ technology. This distributes torque (engine pulling power) between the rear wheels much more dynamically than normal four-wheel-drive systems, and until now has only ever been found on prestige-level cars such as Audi’s RS5 and the latest Porsche 911 Turbo.
It’s very much a first in the compact car sector.
Three specification levels, strong standard kit
The Juke is offered in Nissan’s familiar Visia, Acenta and Tekna trim levels.
Base-spec Visia is available with a 115bhp 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol or a 108bhp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, stability control, six airbags, sports seats and air conditioning.
Acenta upgrades to 17-inch alloys, climate control, Bluetooth, USB connection and Nissan Dynamic Control System, an innovative interface for greater vehicle control, while a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic gearbox option becomes available for the 1.6-litre petrol.
However, if you opt for the Acenta Sport Pack (£300 more than standard, adding different 17-inch alloys, cloth trim and rear window privacy glass) or the Acenta Premium Pack (£900 more than standard, and adds the Sport Pack plus Nissan Connect satellite navigation and infotainment system, reversing camera and six speakers), you can also choose the 187bhp 1.6-litre ‘DiG-T’ turbo petrol for the first time.
Finally, the Nissan Juke Tekna includes leather seats, Nissan Connect, reversing camera and keyless go. The range-topping Tekna 1.6 DiG-T is the only Juke variant available with Xtronic CVT four-wheel drive in place of the normal front-wheel drive system. As the name suggests, it also has a CVT automatic gearbox.
Built in the UK, Nissan taking orders from June
Like the Nissan Qashqai, the Juke is to be built in Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing plant in the UK.
You will be able to order this new compact crossover from next month, well ahead of first deliveries, which are scheduled for September.
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