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2012 Nissan JUKE At A Glance (Press Release)

2012 Nissan JUKE: At A Glance

The Nissan JUKE, first introduced for the 2011 model year, breaks new ground among B-segment hatchbacks with bold styling, unexpected levels of performance and an available advanced torque vectoring AWD system with performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles. Built on Nissan’s proven global B-platform, JUKE looks exactly like it drives – fresh, fun and exciting. The JUKE interior is equally aggressive with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel and a unique center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a high-gloss paint. There are no significant changes for 2012.

JUKE’s standout styling, derived from the dramatic Nissan Qazana Concept, brings a breath of fresh air to the segment. It features a powerful front end treatment with the turn signals integrated into the front fenders, a high beltline and coupe-like falling roofline. Other exterior details include body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles, “hidden” rear door handles and standard 17-inch wheels and tires.

Inside, the JUKE interior features the gear shift located on top of the console, with a high-mounted shift lever for sporty driving. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility. Available interior features range from leather-appointed seats and RearView Monitor to Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start and Nissan Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately). A long list of safety features is also standard, including six air bags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Powering JUKE is a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine, the first application in North America, combines the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller powerplant. Two transmissions are offered – Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only). Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg City and 32 mpg Highway for JUKE CVT FWD models.

JUKE’s torque vectoring AWD system splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and can also split torque from side-to-side across the rear axle. When cornering, the system helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle’s cornering feel.

Another advanced JUKE-exclusive technology is the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system. It combines control of the automatic A/C and the three-mode drive selector – Normal for everyday driving, Sport for a more intense performance feel and Eco for maximum efficiency, adjusting throttle, transmission (CVT) and steering feel for the precise ride the driver desires.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan JUKE include:


  • Aggressive sport crossover styling
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Turn signals integrated into upper front fenders
  • Body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles
  • “Hidden” black-colored rear door handles
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Rear liftgate with fixed glass
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Available auto on/off headlight
  • Available fog lights
  • Offered in eight exterior colors: Sapphire Black, Electric Blue, Gun Metallic, Metallic Bronze, Chrome Silver, Cayenne Red, White Pearl and Graphite Blue
  • PUREDRIVE™ designation and badge

Engine and Driveline

  • Nissan “B” platform
  • Front engine, front-wheel drive
  • Available torque vectoring AWD system, which helps reduce understeer when cornering and enhances cornering feel
  • Standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder with 188 horsepower, 177 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode
  • Available 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Torsion beam rear suspension (FWD) or multi-link rear suspension (AWD models only)
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Vehicle-speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering
  • Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 all-season tires

Interior Features

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Cockpit-like seating with raised console/shifter for controllability and quick response
  • Unique center console design, created to look like a sport motorcycle tank, while also supporting driver’s knee during cornering
  • High eye-point for increased visibility
  • Available Integrated Control (I-CON) system with climate and Drive Mode (D-Mode) settings; D-Mode allows the driver to choose between three drive modes (Sport, Normal, Eco)
  • Cloth seat fabric with available premium fabric
  • 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat
  • 60/40 fold-down 2nd row seats for increased cargo room
  • Available leather-appointed seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Storage under rear cargo floor (FWD models only)
  • Dual front and rear beverage holder
  • Speed-sensitive automatic door locks
  • Standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Standard Interface System for iPod®
  • Available USB connector for iPod® and similar devices
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, available upgraded speakers with Rockford Fosgate subwoofer
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start
  • Available Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch-screen display and XM NavTraffic® capability (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available power moonroofAvailable privacy glass
  • Offered in three interior colors: Black (with Gray console/trim), Gray (with Gray console/trim) and Black/Red (with Red console/trim)

Safety and Security

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System (VSS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in Oppama, Japan

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