The quirky Nissan Juke has received a thorough refresh ten years after the first-generation model burst onto the market with its polarising looks.
Looking decidedly grown up but retaining the funky design that sets the model apart from its peers, the 2020 Nissan Juke is now roomier courtesy of the all-new CMF-B platform it shares with the Renault Clio and Captur.
Despite the growth spurt, the new Juke is 23kg lighter compared to the previous-generation model.
While the overall design is unmistakably Juke, the 2nd-generation model sports better proportions and a more athletic design. Nissan’s designers have banished the ‘frog eyes’ from the new Juke’s front fascia and replaced them with slender daytime running lights. It also gets a bolder V-motion grille and standard full LED head and taillights.
The iconic circular headlights now feature new Y-shaped signature, while the boomerang-shaped taillights have been replaced with more conventional horizontal units. There’s also a floating roof to add to the Juke’s trendy new looks.
There are up 12 exterior colours to choose from, including an exclusive hue called Fuji Sunset. Nissan is also offering a range of personalisation options from customisable bumpers and side sills to 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the interior is much roomier than before, with rear-seat knee room increased by 58mm and rear headroom by 11mm, while the boot has grown by 20 percent to 422 litres.
The highlight though is the fresh new interior design with a stylish dashboard complete with a tablet style infotainment screen and circular airvents. The 8-inch touch screen features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Google Assistant, while music can be pumped through an optional eight-speaker Bose Personal Plus sound system.
New soft-touch materials can be found on the dashboard, door trim and foot wells for a more up market feel. The new Juke also comes with sports front seats with optional Alcantara and leather upholstery and better driving position. Interior customisation options include multiple combinations of upholstery colour to match the body and roof colours.
Underneath the all-new sheet metal is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine producing 86kW of power. It is connected to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels.
Nissan says the new Juke’s platform is more rigid than before thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel and this translates to better stability, performance and cornering capabilities.
The carmakers also claims the Juke is the most connected Nissan ever featuring the Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that encompasses Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Intervention.
Like the outgoing model, the 2020 Nissan Juke will be built at the Japanese brand’s Sunderland plant in the UK, with European deliveries schedule for the end of November. Expect the Juke to arrive in Australia in the 2nd half of 2020.