Nissan has announced pricing and specifications for the Australian-market 2015 Nissan Juke, with a new entry-level variant joining the range, updated styling, and more technology.
Starting with the design, Nissan has given the exterior a mild facelift with bi-intensity LED daytime lights in the front, a new grille more in line with the company’s chrome ‘V’ layout, with a more robust lower front bumper bar section.
Along the sides, all variants receive new mirrors with integrated LED turn lights, while the Ti-S models get cameras for Around View monitoring. The rear bumper takes on a more aggressive shape as well, with LED light guide technology and new boomerang taillights.
In terms of powertrain options, the 2015 Juke is available with three different units. The first is a new 1.2-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol producing 85kW and 190Nm. It offers an average fuel economy of just 5.6L/100km, and is available only with a manual transmission with front-wheel drive.
Next up is a 1.6 naturally aspirated four-cylinder producing 86kW and 158Nm, carried over from the outgoing range. It’s matched up to an Xtronic CVT auto transmission with front-wheel drive.
Lastly, there’s the 1.6-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol producing 140kW and 240Nm. It’s fitted to the top Ti-S models and can be had with either a six-speed manual or CVT auto. The manual is matched up to front-wheel drive while the CVT is equipped with all-wheel drive (the only AWD variant in the range).
Nissan engineers have updated the 1.6 DIG-T engine, increasing its compression ratio from 9.5:1 to 10.5:1, and added in low friction technologies as well as a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. The engine already passes Euro 5 emissions standards.
As for packaging and standard features, Nissan has changed the shape of the boot area in the 2WD versions to open up 40 per cent more capacity (354L), while both 2015 Juke Ti-S models come with an updated NissanConnect system including a 5.8-inch touch-screen. The interface comes with sat-nav and Google online search, as well as various social media apps and a send-to-car function for destinations.
Prices have changed slightly, with the entry-level 1.2T replacing the 1.6 ST. The new 1.2 ST jumps up $1300 from the previous 1.6 entry model, while the top-spec Ti-S CVT rises by $1000. See below for the full price list. It arrives on the market in March.
2015 Nissan ST 1.2T manual 2WD – $23,490
2015 Nissan ST 1.6 CVT auto 2WD – $24,490
2015 Nissan Ti-S 1.6T manual 2WD – $29,790
2015 Nissan Ti-S 1.6T CVT auto 4WD – $33,490