Nissan Juke Gets Extra Funk

Nissan Juke Gets Extra Funk
 

Nissan struck while the iron was hot when they launched the Juke in 2010. Crossover mania was starting to take hold and the quirky Japanese car was one of the first on the scene. Over 500,000 units have been sold globally. Locally the Juke claims an average figure of 300 units per month.

To maintain this, Nissan has added an extra dose of what they call “Juke-ness” to the model for 2015. It gains redesigned bumpers, lights and new side mirrors. Bigger alloys with a sharper design are also standard across the range.

On the inside, all those funky traits buyers loved in the previous Juke still feature. But plusher materials have been used on the centre console. By rearranging the boot, Nissan’s engineers have managed to take space up to 354 litres from 251 litres.

The 1.6 normally-aspirated model has been given the chop, in favour of a new 1.2-litre turbocharged derivative with 85kW and 190Nm. You can still have the boosted 1.6-litre model punching out 140kW and 240Nm.

Pricing remains keen, starting at R254,900 for the entry-level Acenta. The range-topping 1.6 all-wheel drive model goes for R364,900 and boasts niceties like a sunroof and the NissanConnect interface which enables Google Voice Command and Facebook.  A three-year/100,000-kilometre warranty and a three-year/90,000-kilometre service plan is standard across the range.

IgnitionLIVE Reporter