It is impossible not to recognize him. With the change of generation, the hipster Juke has grown fond and primed, but remained himself: the designers have kept the general style and proportions of its predecessor. In place are the embossed contours of the wheel arches, camouflaged rear door handles and round headlights with eyebrows of navigation lights. It is not surprising, because Nissan says that it was thanks to the extraordinary design that the “first” Juke found almost a million buyers in Europe.
The crossover of the second generation is created on the modular platform CMF-B, which architecturally repeats the previous “bogie” (McPherson struts in front, semi-independent suspension in the back) and makes the new model similar to the Renault Captur SUV. Juka’s length increased from 4135 to 4210 mm, width – from 1765 to 1800 mm, and height – from 1565 to 1595 mm. At the same time, the expanded use of high-strength steels in the design made it possible to reduce the weight by 23 kg.
If the exterior of the car can be described with the word “evolution”, but I will describe the interior with the word “revolution”. Only this is a revolution from bright ideas (albeit not always convenient) towards classic design and decoration. For example, the “climate” unit is now responsible only for the climate: the D-Mode system for changing driving modes received its own switch in the form of a petal behind the automatic transmission lever. The display of the multimedia system is now free-standing, with the usual buttons and round lambs. The wing-visor over the instruments disappeared, the “motorcycle gas tank” that adorned the center console between the front seats was gone. The developers tried to correct the main drawback of Juka and made the interior much more spacious. Especially at the rear: the row spacing has increased by 58 mm, and the headroom is increased by 11 mm. The trunk has also become more spacious: 422 liters versus 354 for the first generation model.
The interior promises better materials and comfortable seats, with the front ones with integrated head restraints. Personalization options have been expanded with a choice of color combinations of finishes, as well as optional leather and suede seat upholstery. But at the same time, the salon has lost a fair share of the former enthusiasm: the central tunnel is no longer stylized as a motorcycle gas tank, but instead of separate “wells” in front of the driver, a combination of devices unified with other models.
Juke has LED headlights and an electric parking brake already in the base, among the options are Bose acoustics and a NissanConnect media system with an eight-inch screen, a Wi-Fi transmitter and the ability to remotely update software. In addition, for the crossover, you can order the ProPilot complex, which is an adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and lane keeping systems.
Presentations of the new Juk were simultaneously held in London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Cologne. As before, crossovers for Europe will be produced at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, with sales scheduled to start in November. But the new Juke will not appear in Russia: according to preliminary information, an adapted SUV Nissan Kicks will take its place in the local range.