Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nissan Juke to Debut at Geneva Motor Show



Nissan has released details of the new Juke model set make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Developed from the Qazana concept car, the Juke is the smallest SUV crossover yet from the Japanese manufacturer, which also produces the popular Qashqai model.

Competing against models such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Meriva in the compact hatchback B-segment, Nissan says the Juke is a cross between a compact SUV and sports car and will "breathe new life into the traditionally conservative B-segment market".

Despite its small footprint, the Juke will feature a torque vectoring four-wheel drive system and will be available with powerful 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines. Manual and CVT automatic transmissions will also be available.

Inside, the Juke will seat five and Nissan is promising competitive levels of head and legroom along with a 251-litre boot capable of swallowing a golf bag or large suitcase.

"The Juke takes the best elements of an SUV and sports car and combines them," said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Europe.

"It's roomy yet compact, robust yet dynamic and practical yet playful. These are qualities that seem to contradict each other, yet come together in Juke to create something that's genuinely unique."

Nissan expects the model to prove a hit with B-segment customers, but also feels the Juke may attract drivers of larger C-segment vehicles with its mix of qualities and unique styling.

source: offalyexpress