Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2011 Nissan Juke: What do you think?

Nissan brought a 2011 Juke to the 2010 New York Auto Show. If you're not familiar with the vehicle, it's a subcompact crossover that will have a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four cylinder making 180+ hp and 170+ ft./lbs. of torque (exact numbers are still pending). It will be available in FWD and AWD drivetrains with either a CVT or a six-speed manual for FWD models, and CVT for AWD versions. (I can hear the enthusiast moans from here!) Anyway, watch the video above.

Yes, it's pretty small. The wheel base is 99.6", the overall length is 162.4"—nearly identical to a 2010 Suzuki SX4 (98.4", 162.8", respectively), which is its closest competitor. A curb weight hasn't been announced.

However, it is the styling that will likely make people love it or hate it. Then again, with the promise of a turbocharged powertrain, maybe it's more of a love/hate thing. One thing is for certain: It's different.

What do you think of the 2011 Nissan Juke?


murphyseanm said...

Sub 2.0L turbo, AWD, and quirky looks makes this a winner in my book. I love it really, can't wait to drive one to see how it responds.

D2M said...

Weeeell... I can't make up my mind about the looks. Generally I like cute cars. I'd probably have to see one in person.

This I can say, though, is that it will transcend era styling.

To me, it's sort of like the Aztec. The first time I saw that vehicle on the road I was baffled by it. When was that car made? Who made it? Was it European? Is it in SUV? A large car hatchback? I had no idea! I was totally baffled.

That was the first time that's ever happened to me with a car before. Most are pretty easy to place time and brand wise. This one had me guessing until I was able to find out the name and google it.

I get the same sort of vibe with the Juke.

Andy Lilienthal said...

D2M, you're not the first person to draw a connection between the Juke and the Aztek.

To me, it certainly is different, and I kinda like it. I like the turbo, direct-injection engine, but I'm not sure about the styling. It might be avant garde enough to be cool. Then again, it might be too strange to be popular.

nlpnt said...

I'm withholding judgement until I see one in person.