The funky Nissan Juke has just been launched in South Africa. With out-of-the-box looks and a healthy specification list, Nissan hopes that its new mini-crossover will win over trendy urbanites.
South Africans have the choice of the 1,6 Acenta, the 1,6 Acenta+, the 1,6 DIG-T Tekna and the 1,6 DIG-T Tekna with leather. The engine in the Acenta variants has an output of 86 kW at 6 000 r/min and 158 N.m at 4 000 r/min. The Tekna boasts a turbocharged 140 kW engine that has a torque figure of 240 N.m at 5 000 r/min. The former unit is mated with a five-speed manual transmission, while the latter has a six-speed.
Standard features include 17-inch alloys for the Acenta+ and Tekna models, hands-free Bluetooth capability, air-conditioner (automatic in the Acenta+ and Tekna models), audio controls on the steering wheel for the MP3, USB, iPod and aux-in audio system, cruise control on all except the entry-level model, and, should buyers opt for the leather-clad Tekna model, it will come with heated seats as well.
Safety and security are enhanced thanks to central locking, intelligent key with stop/start functionality on all except the Acenta model, four airbags, Isofix anchorages and ABS with EBD.
The new Nissan Juke comes with a standard three-year/90 000 km service plan and a three-year/100 000 km warranty.
Juke Acenta – R198 000
Juke Acenta+ – R218 500
Juke Tekna – R253 000
Juke Tekna with leather – R258 800
As a little something on the side, Nissan is currently developing a one-off Juke-R – something that the company describes as “the first ever super-crossover”. According to Nissan, the Juke-R is “a Juke that thinks it’s a GT-R”. It features the GT-R’s 3,8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with the supercar’s six-speed transaxle, and a modified version of the 4WD driveline. This hot little crossover is being built by motorsport specialists RML. We wouldn’t mind getting our hands on it…