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Nissan Juke 2020: Is it finally a CX-3 rival?

The new-gen Juke is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

Nissan has today uncovered its new-generation Juke, which brings a number of modernising enhancements to an otherwise familiar small SUV package.

Critically, the coupe-style crossover has undergone dimensional changes for improved passenger room, and is now compatible with a range of new driver-assistance technologies.

The new-generation also swaps out the current model’s four-cylinder engine options in favour of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit.

Unmistakably-Juke design cues remain, although Nissan has subtly updated the exterior to separate it from its predecessor, ushering in a new LED headlight signature to complement the brand’s ‘V-Motion’ grille.

The overall package is slightly larger at 4210mm in length, 1595mm in height and 1800mm in width – which translates to more rear-seat knee room (+5.8cm) and rear head room (+1.1cm), and a 422-litre boot capacity (+20%).

Inside, the new Juke features soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and footwells for a more “premium feel”, and the standard sport-style seats can be optioned with Alcantara or leather upholstery. 

Nissan will also offer a number of personalisation options, including customisable bumpers, side sills and 19-inch alloys.

Unmistakably-Juke design cues remain, although Nissan has subtly updated the exterior to separate it from its predecessor. Unmistakably-Juke design cues remain, although Nissan has subtly updated the exterior to separate it from its predecessor.

The Juke’s three-cylinder DIG-T engine produces 86kW, and can be matched with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Nissan’s ProPilot package is now included on the Juke for the first time, which enables electronically assisted steering, acceleration and braking capabilities.

With this, Nissan is able to offer driver-assistance technologies like AEB with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, rear-cross traffic alert and blind-spot warning.

A new multimedia system is displayed on an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, which is compatible with live traffic information and sat nav via in-car WiFi, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

New soft-touch materials are used on the dashboard, door trim and footwells for a more “premium feel”. New soft-touch materials are used on the dashboard, door trim and footwells for a more “premium feel”.

“Nissan Juke is back with its unique identity, even more character, exciting performance and advanced technology that responds to drivers’ needs,” said Nissan Europe
vice president of product planning Ponz Pandikuthira.

“The new design and exciting driving experience will appeal to the growing number of customers opting for compact crossovers. 

“The Juke has grown up, while still retaining the fun-to-drive qualities that have always made it stand out.”

Initial deliveries of the new Juke will begin in November for European markets, however, Nissan Australia has yet to confirm timing for local soil.

The current Juke range is on sale in Australia from $23,490 plus on-road costs for the base ST (FWD), up to $41,490 for the range-topping Nismo RS (AWD).