The 2015 iteration of the segment-busting Nissan Juke hasn’t just been given more in-your-face styling but the range now includes the new 1.2 DIG-T engine, and an upgrade in specification.
Like it or loathe it, the Nissan Juke has found more than 500 000 homes across the globe since its global introduction in 2010 and SA has maintained a near-300 unit average a month since its introduction, selling close on 12 000 units.
As far as the styling changes go the 2015 Juke gains refreshed bumpers, lights and side mirrors and newly designed and larger wheels. From the front the three levels of lighting have been given even more prominence with the uppermost-lights being completely redesigned to feature daytime running lights, while a new grille and gets a bolder SUV-style Nissan badge.
New and bigger alloy wheels complete the package and have been inched up from 16- to 17-inch on all but the 1.2 DIG-T Acenta model and from 17- to 18-inch on the Tekna models. The rear now has a wider number plate area, redesigned tail lights, and a new diffuser and rear air dam to give it a more purposeful stance on the road.
The funky Juke interior has always been an agreeable place to spend time and in the 2015 upgrade there is a new premium treatment for the centre console around the I-CON system which controls vehicle set-up and performance settings.
Entry-level Acenta models now have Bluetooth phone, cruise control with speed-limiting capabilities, Stop/Start technology and climate control. All models in the range also have vehicle dynamic control (VDC) and six airbags, key elements to the Juke’s five star Euro NCAP rating.
New side mirrors in the Tekna specification integrate wide-angle cameras that link to the front and rear camera to offer 360 degree visibility when manoeuvring in car parks. Nissan also say the Juke’s luggage storage area is now 40 percent bigger. This applies to all models, except the 4WD model, which has to house a rear differential and multi-link rear suspension system.
Engine wise its good news for the Juke. The 1.2 DIG-T replaces normally aspirated 1.6, meaning the entire engine range is turbo charged, with 4WD and XTronic transmission available on selected models. The 1.2 DIG-T engine features a turbo and intercooler and offers 85kW at 4 500 rpm and 190Nm of torque from 2 000 rpm to 4 000 rpm, which means that compared with the engine it replaces, the new 1.2 DIG-T offers up 5.6l/100 km, a figure made possible by the standard fitment of Stop/Start technology.
The 140kW 1.6 DIG-T is unchanged from before, as is the 81kW 1.5 dCi turbo diesel, with a choice of six-speed manual of XTronic constantly variable transmission.
2015 Nissan Juke pricing:
1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta R254 900
1.2 DIG-T Juke Acenta+ R277 900
1.5 dCi Juke Acenta+ R299 900
1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna R325 900
1.6 DIG-T Juke Tekna (Sunroof and NissanConnect) R354 900
1.6 DIG-T 4WD XTronic Juke Tekna (Sunroof and NissanConnect) R364 900
All prices include a 3-year / 90 000 kilometre service plan and a 3-year / 100 000 kilometre mechanical warranty.