Nissan has revealed the Nissan Juke Nismo – a sportier take on the compact SUV – and has plans to produce Nismo cars across their range.
Just so we’re clear: The Nissan Juke Nismo revealed this morning is nothing like the Juke/GT-R love child Juke-R madness we’ve reported recently; the Juke Nismo is much more mainstream.
Probably best to think of Nismo as Nissan’s version of Infiniti’s IPL – a performance line of cars – to add a little more pizzaz and appeal to mainstream cars. It stands for Nissan Motorsports International Co.
So what does the Juke Nismo get?
As you would expect from a ‘Sporty’ take on a car, the Juke Nismo gets an aerodynamic kit that adds new front and rear lower bumpers, a rear spoiler with side elements, new door mirrors and a set of butch 19″ alloys.
The chassis has been lowered and stiffened and the 1.6 litre engine has had a Nismo workover for more power and torque (although Nissan declines to tell us what exactly that is, and what the performance is).
Inside the Juke gets a Nismo tweak too, with all the bits you touch – pedals, wheel, gear lever – changed to be sportier. There’s a set of leather bucket seats and the rev counter is red. All the light-coloured surfaces have been toned down and the motor cycle shaped petrol tank centre console gets a metallic finish.
The colour scheme of the Nismo Juke is pearl white with red highlights, a colour scheme you can expect to see on future Nismo cars from Nissan, which will include the 370Z and GT-R – but could extend well beyond that.
Nissan’s head of Nismo, Shoichi Miyatani, said:
As the Concept shows, Nismo brings new levels of individuality to mainstream Nissan cars like Juke. The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers.
Our forthcoming range of cars will be just as accessible and innovative as every Nissan product, but with added Nismo energy they will be even more fun to own and drive.
So refreshing to see it’s not just a world full of fluffy-bunny cars.