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2020 Nissan Juke

2020 Nissan Juke

The second-generation model arrives for the 2020 model year

The 2020 Nissan Juke is an upcoming subcompact crossover from the Japanese firm. It’s the second-generation of the already iconic SUV that has soldiered on with minor changes since 2010. The 2020 Juke will make its global debut in September with a brand-new exterior design, a revamped interior, and state-of-the-art technology borrowed from bigger Nissan models.

When the Nissan Kicks replaced the Juke in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, it was rumored that the old crossover won’t have a future in other parts of the world. We were basically expecting a replacement under a different nameplate in Europe as well. In an unexpected turn of events, Nissan announced that the Juke will carry over with a second-generation model. The new Juke will arrive in early September 2019 and Nissan just released preliminary information and photos of camouflaged prototypes. Check out my speculative review below to find out everything we know about this vehicle.

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2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

Finally a dark-themed model that really makes sense

The Nissan Juke is by far the funkiest crossover available, and things are about to get a little funkier with the introduction of a new special-edition model being called the Juke Black Pearl Edition. Manufacturers have been going crazy the past couple of years with the whole “dark theme,” with everybody and their brother jumping on the bandwagon. While a good portion of those models are relatively boring compared to their standard models, this new special edition from Nissan takes the dark theme to a whole new level. Instead of showcasing a model with a few black accents, Nissan did it the right way by blacking out nearly the entire exterior, save for a few Pearl White accents. It’s based on the Juke SV and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but will only be sold in just 1,250 examples. You have a little time to get to the dealer here in the U.S., as 1,000 of them are slated for this market. But, if you live in Canada, you might want to head to the dealer now as only 250 of them will be available to our northern neighbors.

Michael Bunce, the VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America, said, “Juke has always followed its own path as a distinctive urban sport cross, standing apart from ordinary crossover SUVs from both design and performance aspects. The new Black Pearl Edition continues Juke’s performance formula while adding a bold-on-bold appearance inside and out.”

Well, he certainly has the “bold-on-bold” thing right, as a model this black, and with white accents, is a pretty bold move. But, being so limited, and being based on a vehicle like the Nissan Juke, it’s sure to find a place in the heart of many. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves in that regard, let’s take a closer look on the Juke Black Pearl and why it is worth your consideration.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition.

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2016 Nissan Juke "Stinger Edition by Color Studio"

2016 Nissan Juke "Stinger Edition by Color Studio"

Nissan’s Color Studio customization program for the Juke has been live since 2014. When it was first launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan envisioned it to be a tool owners of the Juke could use in bringing a personalized flavor to their funky crossovers, for an added cost, of course. It was, and continues to be, a great way for owners to essentially dress up their Jukes in the manner they see fit. Now, Nissan is once again putting the Color Studio directly under the spotlight with the launch of a pair of limited edition Juke models, both dressed to the nines to once again highlight the enormous customization possibilities tied

Called the Juke Stinger Editions, the pair of Jukes are dressed in the two colors - yellow and black - that Nissan North America Vice President Pierre Loing says are the company’s two most popular colors. Playing around with these two shades, the Color Studio managed to create unique identities on the two Stinger Edition Juke models. One has a yellow body with black trim while the other - the one I like more - has a black body with matching yellow trim.

The Juke Stinger Editions are just two of the many personalization examples available with the Color Studio. You don’t even have to pick these two colors; you can choose from a variety of other colors that suit your taste and preference. But, as far as the Juke Stinger Editions are concerned, Nissan isn’t planning to offer these specific options on a limited basis. If any of the two suit your style, it might be best to let Nissan know about it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can just head to the Color Studio website and work on your own personalization program for your Juke.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan JUKE "Stinger Edition by Color Studio".

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS - Driven

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS - Driven

The 2015 Nissan Juke is as funky and odd as they come – there’s no denying that. Stares, pointing, and in at least one case, laughter, followed this car wherever I drove it. But this isn’t an ordinary Juke. No, this is the Juke Nismo RS – Nissan’s second-hottest Juke available. Only the 2016 Nissan Juke-R Nismo is faster, though by quite a margin thanks to its 2016 Nissan GT-R powertrain.

Nevertheless, this four-cylinder, turbocharged, hot-hatch on stilts scoots down the road with plenty of speed. That’s thanks to an extra 27 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension, summer performance tires, and some fancy electronic wizardry. But even with the extra ponies, the main focus tends to return to its styling. None of the folks I showed it to cared that it had extra power or electronic torque vectoring. It was all about that “frog face.”

While the looks garner the majority of attention, there’s plenty more about the Juke Nismo RS that’s worth talking about. Nissan has fitted this bug-eyed monster with Recaro seats, a suede steering wheel with an on-center marker, and a host of aerodynamic upgrades.

The Nismo RS might not be the fastest crossover/hot-hatch on the market, but it does pack plenty of fun. Plus, it offers three pedals and a stick – allowing drivers to get the most out of the experience.

Continue reading for the full driven review

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2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

Four years have passed since Nissan blew our minds with the amazingly awesome Juke-R Concept. As if the idea of cramming the running gear of a 2012 GT-R under the quirky body of the Nissan Juke wasn’t good enough, though, Nissan’s engineering and motorsports teams are at it again. Meet the Nissan Juke-R 2.0. Equipped with the latest performance of both the GT-R NISMO and the updated styling of the 2015 Juke, the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 continues to be the world’s only crossover supercar.

The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will be unveiled this weekend at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and like the first Juke-R, this concept will not be a static display. When it isn’t lounging around at the Goodwood Supercar Paddock, the Juke-R 2.0 will be making hill climb runs with Nissan Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough behind the wheel.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept.

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is a pretty sick little crossover right from the factory. Its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes a respectable 211 horsepower when mated to the optional AWD system, propelling the five-seater to 60 in just 6.8 seconds. Its lowered ride height and sticky tires help it take corners at impressive speeds. All that changes though when the white stuff starts falling.

Enter: The Juke Nismo RSnow.

This bad boy is a one-off build by Nissan that serves a larger purpose than just looking awesome. The RSnow is actually a support vehicle for an ice-driving event taking place in Lapland, Finland. Obviously this Juke’s running gear is not stock. In place of the 18-inch wheels is the Dominator Track System built by American Track Truck. Like other aftermarket track systems we’ve seen, this is a direct bolt-on kit that utilizes the vehicle’s original suspension bits. Slide the car in gear, and the main drive wheel turns the rubber treads along the internal structural system just like a tank or bulldozer. Seven miniature axles run a total of 28 wheels to keep the treads rolling. The result is a nearly unstoppable machine that can tackle anything from deep mud and loose sand to massive snowdrifts piled on a frozen lake.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow.

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2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio

2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio

One of the funkiest cars in the market today is about to get funkier. Not content with designing one of the most polarizing vehicles today, Nissan is giving its customers the chance to play dress-up with their own Juke models through its new personalization program, Color Studio. For an added cost, customers will have the freedom to choose individual colors for 12 different parts of the Juke. The idea, it seems, is to add personalized touches on the crossover to make it stand out even more, as if its quirky design doesn’t to that enough already.

For example, a customer opts to buy a Pearl White Juke. With the Color Studio, that customer can change the color of the headlight trim rings to red, turn the front and rear bumper accents blue, add yellow side sills, and splash some orange on the wheels. The result may not be to everyone’s liking, but for that particular customer, it might be worth paying the premium for turning his Juke into his own personal rainbow car, or in this case, a Rainbow Juke.

For better or for worse, that’s the objective of the Nissan Color Studio. There’s a chance that somebody might make the Juke a little more fashionable, but as much as that is likely to happen, so is the very real possibility that we’ll be seeing a lot of hideous-looking Jukes in the future.

It’s the price we must all pay now that Nissan has introduced the Color Studio into our lives.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio.

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo - Driven

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo - Driven

The 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo is perhaps the most underrated and under-loved hot hatch on sale today. But I can’t seem to work out why. It takes the successful recipe utilized by names like GTI and Mazadspeed3 and adds a dash of Nissan flair. Sounds like fun to me.

Marketed as a crossover, the little Juke is the last car that anyone expected Nismo to fettle, but the results speak for themselves.

The car is basically pocket-sized, it is 16 inches shorter than a Honda Civic, but it comes loaded with a 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder, three pedals and six forward gears. That is more than enough grunt to make any enthusiast happy. You can pout all you want about the fact that the Mk VII GTI has 215 horsepower, but the current MK VI model only has 200 ponies, and it weighs more than the Juke to boot. The Juke will hit 60 in about 6.5 seconds, only a hair away from the Focus ST despite its 50+ horsepower advantage.

This little Nissan can hang with the big-boys, regardless of what that horsepower number says.

Read more about the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and see my video review below.

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2014 Nissan Juke

2014 Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke is one of those cars that you either love or hate. There’s no in-between when talking about this baby. Fortunately for the Juke, it belongs in a market where the word "style" seems to have taken a vacation, so by default, it already has a leg up on the rest of its rivals. Looks aside, the Juke also has a nice engine to fall back on that is highlighted by 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which makes it one of the highest in its segments.

There’s something about the Juke and the way its packaged that makes us wonder whether Nissan was trying to make amends to this particular segment after introducing the world to the Cube, a ratchety-looking lump of steel that a lot of people hope never to see again.

So give credit to Nissan for taking the leap with a more dramatic crossover that doesn’t lack in aesthetics.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Juke.

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2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke.

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2014 Nissan Juke NISMO - Driven

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO - Driven

The Juke NISMO is a hilarious riot to drive. If you take one thing away from this full review, that should be it.

Highway fast lanes clear rapidly when any hint of GT-R or NISMO is coming up from behind.

As the second NISMO-tuned effort after the incredibly transformed 370Z Nismo, the Juke is the perfect combination of economy-car basics, but with the highest-tech racing components outside, inside and under the hood.

A similar upgrade in a past Nissan phase would have been the Nissan Sentra SE-R. Nismo isthe new hotness.

There are amazing details all over the Juke Nismo, especially with its very fun and entertaining persona on the roads. This car loves to be floored in AWD V-spec and Sport modes, slamming through seven virtual - and seriously sporty — upshifts at the red-line. In a CVT!

It is true. A huge part of the NISMO magic in the Juke is the reprogrammed ECU that makes sport mode a mandatory button push - right after lighting up the push-button ignition.

TopSpeed’s Juke Nismo press loaner is the $25,000 AWD automatic with the navigation system upgrade, but all the joy and fun cornering stance is also on offer in the manual-transmission, front-drive Juke Nismo from just $22,990.

The Nissan Juke NISMO is an incredible machine for sports-car fans and hooning boy-racers alike.

Click past the jump to hear all the reasons why this might be the smartest Fiesta ST alternative on the market.

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.

Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.

That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.

Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.

The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.

Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.

Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.

A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Considering how surprisingly popular the Nissan Juke has been since it was first introduced a few years ago, nobody’s going to hold it against Nissan if it continued to produce more powerful versions of the funky-looking crossover.

To be fair, it’s hard to top the 500-horsepower Juke-R, but Nissan has continuously produced more and more powerful versions of the Juke, and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, another one is set to grace us with its presence.

The new tuned-up crossover will pick up where the Juke Nismo left off. Taking that into account, the Juke Nismo RS offers an even more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension with new springs and shock absorbers. There will also be a more aggressive exterior look, an updated interior and other cool Nismo features.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 02/28/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2014 Juke Nismo RS which will be put on sale at national dealers later this spring. Prices for the sporty crossover will start from $26,120.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

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2013 Nissan Juke 15RX Personalized Package

2013 Nissan Juke 15RX Personalized Package

Well, that was a bummer.

We’re not exactly sure how the whole Star Wars theme was adopted on this new package for the Nissan Juke, but considering that there are little to no hints of Storm Troopers in the crossover, you could say that the Japanese automaker may pulled a fast one on all of us through creative advertising.

There are still some noticeable upgrades to the Japan-exclusive 15RX Personalized Package - that’s what Nissan’s calling it - specifically the rather plump Passion Red and Night Veile Purple color options. Very rare do you see these two shades on the car, particularly the latter and it’s eggplant-like hue that gets a top grade from us. The sports stripes are also a nice touch, especially on a crossover that exudes attitude like the Juke. Contrasting mirror caps are also part of the package, as well as a new set of 17" aluminum wheels.

Inside, there’s not a lot to go by except for what looks like a two-tone upholstery that can be had in either a black-and-red combo or a black-and-grey variety. Other than that, the 15RX Personalized Package is a massive disappointment relative to what was teased with the involvement of the Storm Troopers. Coming off the heels of the ridiculously cool Dark Knight Rises Juke, this program just fell flat of our expectations.

But hey, if you like the new digs offered by the 15RX Personalized Package, we can’t blame you. All you need to do is shell out the ¥1,943,550 price tag ($19,950) attached to it.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition that had our hopes so high on this model

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2013 Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

2013 Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

The popularity of the Nissan Juke came as a surprise to a lot of people. We’d like to think that Nissan knew what it had from the very beginning, but it’s hard to argue that even it couldn’t have expected the kind of traction the funky crossover has achieved in the short time that it’s been around.

The Juke’s popularity has even translated to a number of special edition models, including the Juke-R, the Juke Nismo, and arguably most peculiar, the Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition.

The Dark Knight Rises Edition, in particular, ushered in a new approach that Nissan is once again taking advantage of with another unique movie franchise collaboration.

Set to be unveiled on the 26th of August, Nissan went ahead and teased the Juke Star Wars Edition.

Mercifully, the automaker didn’t use Jar Jar Binks in the teaser, opting for the far cooler Storm Troopers to drop hints on what we can expect when the Juke Star Wars Edition breaks cover tomorrow.

As somebody who grew up loving the franchise, this is one car that I’m getting giddy just imagining what it’d look like. Fortunately, the wait won’t be that long of a wait.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo by Senner Tuning

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo by Senner Tuning

The Nissan Juke has surprisingly been one hot seller, especially in Europe, and the Juke Nismo is particularly hot. With a 197-horsepower 1.6-liter in tow, it is really no surprise that it is such a popular model.

Well, Senner Tuning is about to make the Juke Nismo even more desirable to you by offering up a comprehensive kit that makes the peppy crossover pop both aesthetically and performance-wise.

The Ingelhein-based tuner started by dousing the Juke in a black metallic Z11 paintjob, then it installed candy red-painted, carbon-fiber mirror caps for some extra contrast. A set of 9-by-20-inch Barracuda Tzunamee wheels in "Glossy Black" with red spoke accents and red center caps — matching the mirror caps — make their appearance on the corners wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires sized 255/30R20. To help the rims fill the wheel wells perfectly and to bring the center of gravity down, Senner also installed a set of 35 mm (1.4-inch) lowering springs.

Senner then took to task under the hood, installing its ECU software, a performance air filter and a stainless-steel exhaust system with 130-by-105 mm (5.1-by-4.1-inch) tailpipes. These updates took the Juke Nismo up from 197 horsepower to 225 horsepower — a 14-percent increase. Not too bad for so little work.

With the Juke Nismo included, this total package comes in at €37,650 ($50,545 at the current exchange rate), but you can opt to upgrade your existing model for €7,990 ($10,726).

Click past the jump to see the package in a little more detail

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