2015 Nissan Juke

 

After three surprisingly successful years on the market, the quirky Nissan Juke crossover is refreshed for 2015. The updated Juke that debuted at the 2014 Geneva auto show has revised styling, new technology, and more cargo space to help Nissan capitalize on the Juke’s strong sales in both Europe and the United States.

 

The exterior changes put a focus on making the Juke look a bit more angular and sporty. The lights on the fenders are now formed into a jagged point and somewhat echo the boomerang-shaped taillights. It also features Nissan’s new, thicker V-shaped chrome grille. The door mirrors receive LED turn signals, and the lower portion of the rear receives a simulated mesh grille to look more aggressive. Other than some new color schemes, the interior is basically unchanged. However, the luggage area has been reshaped to increase storage capacity by 40 percent to 12.5 cubic feet (354 liters).

Engine and trim details for the American market have not yet been released, but European Jukes will get two engine options with 2WD or 4WD drivetrains, a new 1.2 DIG-T making 115hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, plus a revision to the the existing 1.6 DIG-T to improve low-end torque delivery below 2,000 RPM through a higher compression ratio and internal friction reductions. Both engines come paired with a six-speed manual, with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT optional in the 1.6 4WD.

Thanks to intense competition from Kia and its Soul, Nissan won’t have the luxury of upping the price of the new Juke much, so stickers should remain close to the current model’s $19,800 mark…