Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted October 06, 2015 11:21
Sales for Nissan's compact crossover to begin in January 2016
First unveiled in 2010 and refreshed in 2014, Nissan PH has officially unveiled the Juke compact crossover in the country. Built in Japan, Nissan says they have combined boldness and excitement for their contender in the growing compact crossover segment.
The design language seen in the Juke is called ROBIOTIC design. Nissan explains the design concept combines mechanical (Robo) and life (Bio) elements in the Juke's styling. The combination of the two elements gives the Juke a unique presence on the road, says Nissan.
Starting with the front, the Juke incorporates the brand's V-Motion grill and is flanked by bumper mounted round headlights. The lower valence, on the other hand, houses the foglights with a honeycomb pattern surround and large air dams. Above the grill are its daytime running lights which incorporates the turn signal as well.
The Juke's side profile consists of a steeply raked front windshield, followed by a sloped rear roofline. Taking advantage of the coupe-like roofline, the Juke comes with hidden door handles for the rear doors. Moving lower, large flared wheelarches dominate the side of the Juke. At the back, the tail lights follow the form of the crossover's character lines, starting off on the corner of the rear windshield and flowing into the flared section of the rear quarter panel. Being a crossover, the Juke comes with a low liftover and a wide tailgate. Rounding up the Juke's exterior are 17 inch alloy wheels.
The ROBIOTIC design theme continues in the Juke's interior. Upon entering, the Juke greets the driver with hooded dials and a three-spoke wheel. The center stack, on the other hand, features a multicolored infotainment display with touchscreen controls. Meanwhile, the body-colored center console is said to resemble a motorbike's fuel tank. For added practicality, the Juke comes with 60:40 split folding seats and a secret compartment under the floor of the cargo area.
For technologies, the Juke comes with Integrated Control System or I-CON. It serves as the car's on-board computer that controls functions from the air-conditioning to the drive modes. For driving, I-CON offers three different setting, namely Normal, Sport and Economy. Other technologies found in the Juke include a speed sensitive electronic power steering system and Nissan's Intelligent Key that allows the user to start the Juke with a press of a button. A driver information display, rear parking camera and cruise control are standard equipment.
The Juke is powered by the same engine found in the mid-level Sylphy; a 1.6 liter, four cylinder engine internally known as the HR16DE. It produces 116 PS along with 154 Nm of torque and is mated to Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Keeping the Juke planted on the road are MacPhersons struts in front and a torsion beam at the rear. It also comes standard with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. The Juke also comes with dual front airbags.
Sales for the Juke will begin by January 2016 and will be available with four color choices, namely Red Alert, Solar Yellow, Pearl White and Black Obsidian.
Nissan Juke 1.6 Upper CVT: Php 980,000