Here is the all-new for 2020 Nissan Juke and some of you will be delighted to see that it looks as weird as it did back in 2010 when the crossover was launched. But, being ‘different’ often has its positives; the Juke has gone on to sell 10 million units with a good few of them finding happy homes right here in the UAE - although the model has been kicked into touch by the Kicks. Anyway, its good run looks set to continue elsewhere with the newbie packing lots of new tech and kit which the millennials will love.
When it hit the scene, it didn’t really have any rivals but the B-segment sure has taken off over the last decade with the likes of the Renault Captur and Mazda CX-5 and although there is plenty new here, Nissan has retained the polarizing front end design. There really is no mistaking this for anything but a Juke due to its big round headlights placed below high-set turn signals (and rear door handles up near the pillars have been retained too). If this alone doesn’t make a big enough statement you can personalize it more as Nissan will allow you not only to select from 11 colours but you can mix and match the roof colour too.
Only one engine has been announced so far for the newbie – which is 23kg lighter than before – and that is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo making 115 horsepower and it comes mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. That is a fair drop in power compared to the predecessor which produced 188 horses from its 1.6-litre turbo.
The cabin boasts more leg and headroom than the predecessor and cargo space is also up by 20 per cent (it now has 420 litre boot) while some of the options include automated emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. Nissan will also offer ProPilot on the Juke, which will maintain the correct speed and keep the car in the lane with minimal driver intervention. Top spec models get an 8.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot.