Car buyers looking for a vehicle that has family features, but feels like you’re driving a sports car, will be excited to discover the new 2015 Nissan Juke. With a somewhat…unusual design, the Juke has garnered attention from all sides of the globe, and production models have been tailored for individual markets in Canada and the US, Japan, China and New Zealand. Although the first Juke was only released in 2011, it remains one of the few vehicles in the SUV/crossover market to elicit individual style, putting the 2015 Juke in the spotlight this year.
The Popularity of Small Crossovers
In the early 2000s, professionals working in auto careers may remember how popular big SUVs were among the middle and upper classes. They had the power of a truck, but were compatible with families and travelling. One problem was that they guzzled fuel like no other. That is why the economical but utilitarian small/compact SUV has reigned in the latter half of the 2000s and into the 2010s. More modern (and cool) looking than a minivan, with slightly more power and space than a sedan, the small crossover is today’s perfect family vehicle. If you’re studying at mechanic college, don’t expect the crossover fever to die down anytime soon, because the SUV is here to stay.
The Nissan Juke: Overview
All this talk about crossovers must be making you hungry to feast your eyes on the 2015 Nissan Juke. Set to be released sometimes in early 2015, the new Juke is a revamping of the 2014 model. With more features and more colour options, this year’s offering has set out to be the best and most unique crossover in class.
What comes to mind when most people think of the Juke is its unique “coke bottle” design – a narrow body and a wide front end. Boomerang shaped taillights have been given an LED update for the 2015 model. Dealerships are also now offering “colour packs” as part of a new Juke colour lineup. New colours include: Super Black, Solar Yellow and Cosmic Blue, and car buyers are able to add colours to the wheels, interior trims and the exterior mirror caps.
It may seem to those in automotive careers that this vehicle is all style and no substance, but the Juke actually hosts a turbocharged engine and 188 horsepower. The direct injection gasoline turbo engine means this vehicle is powerful but also fuel efficient. As with many crossovers, the Juke has been praised for its fantastic handling, thanks to dropped suspension and 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels. The brake and exhaust systems have also been tweaked, for maximum efficiency. And finally, Nissan has installed a rear view monitor, so parking and backing up will never be an issue.
Here’s a close-up preview at the unreleased 2015 Juke!