First Look: Nissan Juke Crossover

The latest econobox with a funky and a tad exaggerated look.

by on Feb.10, 2010

Alternative or more of mainstream same?

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today confirmed that an all-new small crossover SUV, the Nissan Juke, will join the Nissan lineup in the United States in the fall 2010.

A European version of the Juke subcompact was revealed to the media at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Juke will make its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The North American version of Juke is scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show in late March.

The compact Juke, said to be inspired by the Nissan Qazana concept car that debuted to as I recall mixed reviews at Geneva in 2009, is supposed to give customers a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles.

In North America, Juke complements other  Nissan crossovers — including the Nissan Murano and Rogue.

The usual claims for both “dynamic” styling and an “exhilarating” driving experience were made about the Juke.

Pricing will be keyhere as all makers need to sell unnatural amounts of small cars to meet impending 35.5 mpg CAFE regulations.

Nonetheless the new Juke (econo) box does have good stance, the now almost expected high waistline, and complex curves, which define the segment.

Whether it has a “coupe-like profile” we leave for you to decide, and — as always — our comments section is open for polite discussion.

The interior design has a wide center console that is said to take its inspiration from a motorcycle fuel tank.

Heard that before, too.

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2 Responses to “First Look: Nissan Juke Crossover”

  1. Rick S says:

    Is there some kind of a secret contest between the auto manufacturers to see who can come up with the ugliest design? Jeez! The AMC Pacer was a work of art.

  2. Joe Phillippi says:

    WTF! That ext is FUGLY!! Interior looks OK, but not sure about the ctr console.