The bold new Nissan Juke is going to be one tricked-out treat when it debuts this October, and this much is also certain: It will boast an MSRP that will be anything but scary. Nissan’s “urban sports cross” vehicle will land at dealerships this fall with a base price tag of just $18,960. That’s a nice price for a ride that mixes the dynamic driving experience of a sports car with confidence-inspiring SUV attributes like a robust lower body, increased ground clearance, improved visibility and a confident stance. The pricing and features are aimed at younger buyers, according to Nissan Washington DC.
And speaking of visibility, the Juke will attract plenty thanks to an eye-catching exterior that’s like nothing else on the road. It all starts with the Juke’s aggressive front-end treatment, highlighted by turn signals that are integrated into its front fenders and uniquely styled headlamps. A high beltline and a coupe-like roofline add to the car’s athletic appearance, as do prominent wheel arches and standard 17-inch wheels and tires.
On the inside, the Juke showcase’s a driver-oriented cabin with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel, a high-mounted shifter that promotes enthusiastic driving and a center console that draws its inspiration from the streamlined shape of a motorcycle’s fuel tank. But while it drives like a sports car, the Juke also highlights the SUV side of its nature by offering a supremely versatile interior with 60/40 split folding rear seats and a flat load floor. While aimed at younger buyers, the Juke is the perfect size for towing behind a motorhome, a New York RV dealer says.
The motivating force for the Juke will be Nissan’s turbocharged Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) I-4 engine that leverages advanced technology to turn out a robust 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque from a mere 1.6 liters of displacement. When mated to a continuously variable transmission, the result will be 27 mpg city and 32 mph highway, and a six-speed manual transmission will be available as well.
There’s plenty of technology on hand, too, including an available torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and the automaker’s Integrated Control (I-CON) system. This three-mode drive selector provides a trio of different setups—Normal, Econ and Sport—that allows owners to tailor the throttle response, steering feel and CVT mapping, along with the Juke’s air-conditioning functionality, to best meet their individual preferences. Also in the tech mix: Available upgrades like a rear-view camera, push-button ignition and a nav system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information (XM subscription required, sold separately). The Juke continues the trend of offering sophisticated features in small cars, Boston Toyota says.
With all these features and a compelling price point, the Juke is going to be tough to beat for the competition; so if you want to beat the rush to get one, be sure to reserve your Juke today at www.nissanusa.com/apps/presell/juke.
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