A comprehensively updated Nissan Juke made its world debut in Geneva and while presented here in European trim, a similarly revamped version of this funky compact crossover will be hitting U.S. showrooms later this year. Although certain market-specific details will change, the exterior styling and many of the Juke's new tech and convenience features reportedly will carry over largely intact.
Nissan claims that virtually every body panel in the 2015 Juke has been at least mildly tweaked, but the most obvious changes can be seen in the fascia treatments. While retaining all of the Juke's intentionally polarizing styling cues, the design team crafted a bolder and more substantial presence for its cheeky little road warrior. Up front, new xenon headlamps with LED running lights frame a restyled grille while the rear parallels that remix with its own new LED-infused "boomerang" taillamps and a reshaped soft cap. A selection of new 16-/17-/18-inch alloy wheels adds more style and the new Euro Juke will offer a power glass sunroof that's likely to be optional here as well.
Inside, the Juke's cabin also carries over all of the signature design elements but gains upgraded appointments, new color themes and the choice of two fabrics as well as leather trim. More driver-assist tech also is on offer, with things like Nissan's 360-degreee Around View Monitor and the latest versions of NissanConnect and the Safety Shield suite that adds features like Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection. The recasting process also yielded a change to the configuration of the cargo area that reportedly increases the usable space on front-drive Juke models by a whopping 40 percent.
As for powertrains, the European Juke will continue to offer both gasoline and diesel engines - including a new 1.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline unit that has more torque than the current base 1.6-liter. While there's no official word on what we'll see here, our 2015 Juke lineup is expected to carry over the existing 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engines that make 189 horsepower in the standard S/SV/SL versions and 211 ponies in the hotter Juke Nismo and Nismo RS variants - which are both expected to return in updated form for the 2015 season.
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