Nissan’s uniquely-styled Juke crossover SUV will arrive in Australia in October, staking Nissan's claim on the growing baby SUV segment.
The Juke’s Australian arrival will trail its Japanese, US, and European launches by three years, but its innovative styling should easily bridge the age gap to newer rivals such as the Holden Trax (which starts at $23,490), plus the upcoming Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, plus production versions of the recent Honda Urban SUV and Suzuki iV-4 concepts.
Priced from $21,990 for the entry manual Juke ST, the Juke will sit beneath the five-seat Dualis in Nissan’s Australian lineup, with ST-S and Ti-S grades filling out a three-tier model lineup.
The Juke will be available with two engine options, with the 2WD-only ST fitted with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and available in either five-speed manual or ($24,390) CVT auto, while the ST-S and Ti-S will be equipped with a turbocharged version of the same engine as seen in the Pulsar ST-S and SSS hatches.
Nissan is yet to specify outputs or efficiency figures for either Juke 1.6, but the non-turbo is rated at 86kW/158Nm for the UK market, and the turbo should match the 140kW/240Nm of the Pulsar models.
The $28,390 ST-S is also 2WD-only, and comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. The $32,190 range-topping Ti-S is the sole all-wheel drive variant, and paired with a CVT auto only.
Further spec details will be announced closer to the Juke’s October launch, but Nissan Australia’s marketing boss Peter Clissold claims that the Juke’s spec levels will offer buyers good value.
“Each grade in the JUKE model range has a compelling mix of standard equipment in a vehicle rich in stand-out styling and dynamic performance,” Clissold says.
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Nissan Juke ST 2WD (manual) - $21,990
Nissan Juke ST 2WD (auto) - $24,390
Nissan Juke ST-S 2WD (manual) - $28,390
Nissan Juke Ti-S AWD (auto) – $32,190