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Nissan Juke gets revised 1.5 dCi diesel engine

Tue, 11 Jun 2013

The best selling Nissan Juke n-tec gets a revised 1.5 diesel engine.

The Nissan Juke – the funky little urban SUV – has been around for three years, and its combination of rugged looks that make it look like an armoured insect, high riding stance and decent economy have made it a popular buy as a compact urban warrior.

More than 19,000 Jukes have been sold in the UK since it launched in 2010, and around a third of those have been powered by Nissan’s 1.5 litre diesel engine. Now, buyers of the 1.5 dCi will get even more from their engine of choice in the Juke. Nissan has been playing with the 1.5 dCi, boosted the torque by 15lb/ft (it now has 192lb/ft), fitted new injectors, added a new turbo, changed the oil pump, coated the tappets in a diamond-like coating and fitted stop-start.

All that adds up to a more flexible and economical Juke, with official economy improving from 58.9mpg to 67.3mpg

The new economy figures have been achieved in part by the extra torque giving the Juke a bit more flexibility, allowing Nissan to make the top four gears longer whilst slightly shortening the bottom two for a bit more fizz.

Another factor in the improved economy is Nissan’s Dynamic Control system which offers three driving modes -¬†Eco, Normal and Sport – and now limits torque to 162lb/ft in Eco mode. Overall, performance remains the same at 11.2 seconds o-62mph and 109mph, despite the 15 per cent improvement in economy.

The revised 1.5 dCi diesel engine is now available across the Juke range (apart from the NISMO), with most sales expected to be of the recently launched, and well-specced, Nissan Juke n-tec.

By Cars UK