Nissan Reveals Juke Nismo Concept Before Tokyo Motor Show
By Jake Lingeman
Nissan revealed the Juke Nismo concept on Tuesday, ahead of the start of the Tokyo motor show. The crossover gets a custom Nismo body kit, upgraded suspension and wheels, and a slick new interior.
The Juke is covered in pearl white paint with Nismo red accents on the mirrors, front lip, side skirts and rear. The kit includes new lower bumpers front and rear, wider fenders and side skirts.
The grille is changed and the tailgate spoiler is modified to better control airflow. The mirrors were massaged in the wind tunnel in an effort to reduce lift without increasing drag at high speeds.
Once the car was outfitted, Nissan engineers added a set of 19-inch wheels and lowered the car using Nismo suspension parts, all of which eventually will be available from the catalog. The Juke sticks with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for power, though the unit is upgraded for more performance.
On the inside, the concept gets a unique steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shift knob and door trim. Nissan says the parts were redesigned to provide greater driving involvement. For example, since the tach is the most important gauge to watch, the needle is illuminated in bright red. Leather-trimmed bucket seats are installed to keep drivers planted in corners.
Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani said he wants to bring more individuality to Nissan's brand.
"The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers," he said. "Our forthcoming range of cars will be just as accessible and innovative as every Nissan product, but with added Nismo energy they will be even more fun to own and drive."
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A Juke is a Juke,
Turd is a Turd.
No matter what they do to it, it will always be one heck of an UGLY car.
Nissan should consider a limited production run of the Juke R concept. Now that I would buy.
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