Nissan has released the first official photos of its new Juke, a compact crossover will formally debut at Geneva in early March and turn up here later in month at the New York Auto. As hinted at in its earlier teaser image, the Juke's exterior styling boldly goes where no other competitor has dared to, mixing shapes, contours and proportions in ways that won't have it be confused with anything else on the road. While a good deal more conventional, the Juke's well-finished and space-efficient interior does provide an interesting mix of contemporary style with plenty of flexibility.

According to Nissan's Senior Vice President for Design and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura, "It was our intention to challenge the conventions. I really think Juke will bring something different for customers -- something more emotional, energetic, more masculine." Exactly how well this de facto MINI fighter is received by potential U.S buyers remains to be seen, but there's no question that it definitely is something different.

Save for being inspired by Nissan's earlier Qazana concept car, sized below the Rogue and set to join the automaker's U.S. lineup starting this fall, details on the American version of the Juke are still largely being kept under wraps. While a press reveal in Paris this week did confirm that the European variant will offer both gasoline and diesel engines, we're likely to see only a 1.6-liter direct-injected gasoline four-cylinder here. However, based on its Euro cousin, our Juke could well have both naturally aspirated and turbo options, manual and continuously-variable transmissions and offer a new iteration of Nissan's ALL-MODE 4x4-i all-wheel drive system that features torque-vectoring technology.

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