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Nissan Juke Nismo RS 2019 pricing and specs confirmed

The Juke Nismo RS in manual guise, delivers 160kW/280Nm from its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.

Nissan Australia has launched its latest performance vehicle, this time in the form of the quirky Juke Nismo RS small SUV which is on sale now from $37,790 plus on-road costs.

Just 240 units are available, approximately 72 of which are in entry-level manual guise, while the rest feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The latter checks in at $41,490, and swaps the standard front-drive set-up for an 'Xtronic' all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with torque vectoring for improved handling.

While the manual misses out on AWD, it produces more power from its 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine at 160kW/280Nm, as opposed to the automatic's 157kW/250Nm output.

The Nismo badge brings a healthy list of styling and performance upgrades to the Juke, starting with the unique front grille, rear diffuser, red mirror caps, 10-spoke alloy wheels and exhaust system.

Inside, the Nismo RS gains a leather-accented shift knob, a leather and Alcantara steering wheel and suede sports seats with red stitching.

Furthermore, the car is equipped with a red tachometer and branded front kick plates and carpet mats, a gloss black centre console, door trim and air vents as well as a carbon-look finish around the 5.8-inch touchscreen display and shifter surrounds.

  • The Nismo badge brings a healthy list of styling and performance upgrades to the Juke. The Nismo badge brings a healthy list of styling and performance upgrades to the Juke.
  • Nissmos that feature a CVT have an 'Xtronic' AWD system. Nissmos that feature a CVT have an 'Xtronic' AWD system.
  • Inside, the Nismo RS gains a leather and Alcantara steering wheel and suede sports seats. Inside, the Nismo RS gains a leather and Alcantara steering wheel and suede sports seats.
  • The manual produces 160kW/280Nm, while the automatic's output is 157kW/250Nm. The manual produces 160kW/280Nm, while the automatic's output is 157kW/250Nm.

Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester said he was confident the Juke flagship is a true Nismo performance vehicle.

"The Nismo brand and its range of cars are admired all over the world, we are delighted to offer small SUV buyers a Nismo option," he said.

"The Juke Nismo RS has the increased power and torque expected of a Nismo model, and a design that is consistent with its Nismo siblings."

Further aiding in performance, the Nismo RS has undergone a significant suspension overhaul as well as being given improved aerodynamics, a revised power steering calibration and larger ventilated brake discs with uprated pads.

The Nismo RS shares its safety equipment list with the Ti-S grade, featuring front, front-side and curtain airbags, two ISOFIX anchor points, electronic brakeforce distribution, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, a surround-view monitor and moving object detection.

The car is available in three colours, 'Ivory Pearl', 'Pearl Black' and 'Platinum' and can be optioned with a premium suede interior trim.

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