Previously revealed as a concept at the Tokyo and Geneva international motor shows, this is the first glimpse of Nismo’s legendary performance DNA which will make the eagerly awaited transition from racetrack to road in early 2013.
Nissan was a pioneer of the compact crossover segment in the automotive market with the launch of Juke in 2010; and is set to continue its leadership with the launch of its first radical performance crossover model – the Nissan Juke Nismo.
Nissan’s Nismo product range, developed by the brand’s motorsport and personalisation division in Japan, offers distinctiveness and individuality as well as sports-orientated handling, performance and excitement to standard Nissan cars starting with the Juke.
The Nissan Juke Nismo combines the current radical Nissan Juke design, with a unique blend of sports coupé lines and SUV styling, influenced by Nismo’s motor sport expertise.
The Juke Nismo is enhanced with a tuned-up version of its 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, inspired by the one installed in Nissan’s revolutionary DeltaWing Le Mans race car.
As well as featuring stiffened suspension settings and new steering modifications for sportier direct handling and improved traction control, the new model will also be available with torque vectoring, a technology offering better grip and cornering capacity.
The Nismo treatment continues inside the cabin, where the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims have been redesigned to boost the sporty feeling when driving.
Innovation and excitement
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President Global Product Planning, said: ‘The introduction of Juke Nismo further cements our dedication to provide innovation and excitement for everyone.
‘The Juke, with its radical design and pioneering attitude, is the natural choice to be one of the first Nissan models to receive the mythical performance and distinctive design treatment from our Nismo specialists.’