In an effort to keep competitive in an increasingly fierce small SUV battleground, the Nissan Juke has been updated with new styling and personalisation options.
The Nissan Juke was something of a pioneer when it was launched in 2011 and the UK-built model has since been joined by a long list of rivals. It now faces competition from the SEAT Arona, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, as well as the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic. Nissan hopes this round of improvements will keep Juke customers keen.
Exterior changes include a redesigned front end with a new grille, headlamps and foglamps. The wheel range has been renewed, with two new 16-inch designs available on Acenta spec and above, while Tekna buyers can opt for 18-inch wheels with colour-coded inserts.
These can be chosen to match front and rear bumper finishers, side sills and mirror caps in a colour that contrasts with the bodywork – one of the personalisation offers that are optional on Tekna models but are standard on the BOSE Personal Edition.
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As its name implies, the latter comes with an updated BOSE stereo that was initially offered on the latest Nissan Micra supermini. The powerful system incorporates speakers in the driver"s headrest, with four other speakers for an "immersive 360-degree listening experience".
Internal changes across the range include improved leather for the steering wheel, and a combimeter (Nissan"s name for the display between the Juke"s speedometer and rev counter) that has been made easier to read with white-on-black graphics.
The Juke range opens with the Visia, which boasts LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning, electric mirrors, front and rear electric windows and a CD stereo with auxiliary socket. Upgrading to Acenta introduces the Nissan Dynamic Control System, which commands features as disparate as the car"s climate-control and automatic headlights. There"s cruise control with a speed limiter, too, as well as privacy glass, a USB port and and Bluetooth compatibility.
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The BOSE Personal Edition comes next; this includes the NissanConnect infotainment system, which connects to a special Nissan smartphone act. It employs a 5.8-inch touchscreen for navigation, traffic warnings, entertainment and reversing camera displays. This joins an equipment list that includes keyless go, power-folding mirrors and part-leather seats.
The flagship Tekna brings additional driver-assistance technology, including lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and a surround-view camera. Full leather upholstery is fitted and the front seats are heated.Pricing and availability
Nissan has yet to reveal prices for the updated Juke, but we expect any increase to be very modest. Order books are scheduled to open in May.