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Nissan Juke – revealed UPDATE: +video

Wed, 10 Feb 2010

Nissan has revealed the Juke Crossover ahead of Geneva

We told you about ‘The Final Countdown’ press release Nissan sent us for the Nissan Juke the other day so I hope you tied a knot in your hankie and bookmarked us so you didn’t miss out. We now have lift-off.

The Nissan Juke, all mickey taking aside, looks to be something of a winner. Individually styled – although toned down from the Qazana Concept – and offering some really innovative design features – not to mention a potent engine option – it could conquer the segment in the same way the Qashqai has.

The styling is a bit Marmite, but we do thinks it’s bold and contemporary. With a range of engines from the 1.5dci through to the turbo 1.6i with 190bhp, the Juke will offer a viable alternative to cars like the MINI and Audi’s new A1. Big challenges.

Designed in the UK, the Juke is based on the same platform as the Clio and Micra – although it’s wider and longer than the Micra. Suspension up front is McPherson Strut and Torsion beam at the back – but only if you go for a 2WD version. If you opt for 4WD you get multi-link suspension, which promises to set the Juke apart from the competition.

Lots of ‘Big’Car’ options are on offer, including rear-view camera, keyless start and auto lights. The dramatic exterior doesn’t really carry over to the interior – which is much more ‘Corporate’ Nissan – although the centre console does feature a bulbous painted lump which Nissan tell us has been inspired by the fuel tank from a motorbike. Why?

Not surprisingly, especially after the ‘Final Countdown’ build-up, Nissan has lots to say on the Juke. Check it all out in the Nissan Juke Press Release.

We have to say; this should shake the sector up quite a bit.

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By Cars UK