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Nissan Juke

The predecessor to the Nissan Juke was the Nissan Terrano II, a midsize SUV based on the original, full-size Nissan Terrano platform. The Terrano II was first introduced in 1993 and experienced a long life with steady sales in many markets, with Europe being where the Terrano II was most popular.

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Nissan Juke Origins

The Nissan Terrano II was produced though 2006, when Nissan decided to pull the plug on its production with no interest in developing a second generation. Throughout its 13-year run, the styling of the Terrano II remained practically untouched.

About the Nissan Juke

Although the Nissan Juke is the successor of the Terrano II, it shows little to no resemblance to its predecessor. The Juke made its first appearance at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and again at the New York International Auto Show during the same year. Its aesthetically-pleasing exterior body shape and overall design launched the Juke toward a fast and successful first year.

Marketed and classed as a mini-crossover, its popularity caused many motoring publications and media outlets to report on its design. The initial concept for the Juke was drafted at Nissan Design Europe in London. It was later improved at Nissan’s Design Center in Japan.

Many auto journalists published similar reviews after first seeing the Nissan Juke at auto shows, speculating that the design and release of the mini-crossover would be a gamble for Nissan. After dwindling profits during previous years, it was a known fact that Nissan had to improve sales with something that would shock and awe the automotive world.

Despite all the media hoopla about its trivial design, the Nissan Juke was a huge success and surpassed all sales projections in major global markets. The Nissan Juke’s official launch in 2010 saw the quirky car implant itself as a mainstay for Nissan’s lineup of modern vehicles.

Nissan Juke Features

The current 2012 Nissan Juke is available in the S, SV, or SL models. All versions are powered by the MR16DDT, a 1.6-liter turbocharged Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) four-cylinder engine. Rated at 188 hp, the Juke comes standard with quite a bit of power under the hood.

The Juke is a standard front-wheel-drive vehicle, but offers the torque vectoring all-wheel drive feature as an optional extra for all models. The ""Xtronic"" sport mode transmission is a standard feature. Four-wheel anti-lock braking is included in all models along with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution. In fact, its safety features are highly regarded by the media and believed to contribute to the success that the Juke had with the young-family segment.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels come standard on all Juke models. The only real difference between the S, SV, and SL trims are electronic and aesthetic features. For example, the SL trim offers automatic on/off headlights, a feature that is not available on other models. The S model does not have a power moon roof but does offer power exterior mirrors. A rear roof spoiler and splashguards are standard on the SL model and optional on the SV.

Bluetooth connectivity is a standard feature on all the models, but the five-inch touch-screen navigation system is only available on the SL. Air-conditioning is standard on all models along with speed-sensitive volume control and a six-speaker audio system. The S model comes standard with remote keyless entry, while the convenient iPod interface is reserved only for the S and SV models. Those who are looking for a quality sound system will appreciate the eight-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofer that comes in all SL models.

Furthermore, the Nissan Juke excels in all safety aspects. Every possible safety feature is included in all models. This includes Nissan’s advanced air bag system: front airbags, roof mounted curtain side airbags, and side impact airbags; Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS); a tire pressure monitoring system; an energy-absorbing steering column; and a Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones. All of these advanced safety features make the Nissan Juke a Top Safety Pick in 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Nissan Juke Evolution

The Japanese earthquake disaster of 2011 affected the distribution of the Nissan Juke to the U.S. domestic market as many of the parts were manufactured in Japan. Luckily, the England assembly plant was able to meet the U.S. market’s demand for Juke parts. While the Nissan Juke is a relatively young vehicle, it’s seen more excitement than many other cars its age, including a worldwide recall in December 2011 concerning its boost sensor bracket. Overall, the Nissan Juke proved to be a popular and resilient model, despite harsh criticisms early in its release.

Select a Nissan Juke Year

2014 Nissan Juke

Compact, SUV, Utility/Offroad

2012 Nissan Juke

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Juke made its debut in 2011, so there are no significant changes for 2012. The Juke's debut gave Nissan a formidable opponent in the crossover SUV class. The Juke may be smaller inside than the compact Rogue crossover, but its bolder styling is likely to appeal to a different buyer.

2011 Nissan Juke

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Juke is brand new for 2011, giving Nissan a standout player in the burgeoning small-crossover segment. Both the Juke’s power plant -- a direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 making 188-horsepower -- and its available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system are firsts for a Nissan crossover in the U.S. Both inside and out, the Juke boasts audacious design -- styling Nissan hopes will attract young males.

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