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All grown up: New Nissan Juke evolves into an edgy and tech-focused crossover

The all-new Nissan Juke has gone on sale, boasting more attitude and higher levels of smart technology.

The second-generation crossover is bigger, sportier and lighter than its predecessor, with an introductory price starting from £17,395.

For dedicated Juke fans a fully-loaded special edition model called the Premiere Edition is available from launch for £23,995.

It’s quite surprising that this is only the second generation of the Juke considering that it’s been around for more than a decade and sold over 1.5 million models.

Ten years between car generations is very long in the automotive world. Whether Nissan had a ‘not broke why fix it’ view or there were structural reasons we’ll probably never know.

Anyway, the new Juke is here and it is a major revision over previous face-lifted models.

Simply put, it’s a tech-laden car that is bang up to date in terms of the latest safety and connectivity.

The rather marmite motorbike-style central console remains, but it’s been softened down the years and made definitely more attractive for the new iteration.

You get an all-new chassis and a new, more advanced powertrain, with a downsized turbo petrol engine which is compact, lightweight and economical.

From the outside, the stance, whilst not imposing SUV-style, is sportier and more athletic, although the signature circular headlamps remain.

Stylish alloys, a ‘floating’ roof design and sharp side panel creases add a new level of prestige.

A range of 11 body colours in combination with three roof contrasted colours give it some distinction and increase those all-important personalisation levels.

The interior has contrasting options too, and you’ll also notice it’s been restyled, with better materials and more space.

It is in fact roomier than before with rear-seat knee room increased by 5.8 cm, rear headroom by 1.1 cm, and 20% more luggage capacity to 422-litres.

Ambient lighting and new soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and foot-wells help lift the new cabin. New seats which can be trimmed in Alcantara and leather add to the more premium feel.

As usual with cars, selected trims add better stuff, and in the Juke’s case this includes a Bose Personal Plus audio system to deliver better sound via a ‘floating’ 8-inch infotainment display.

Under the bonnet you’ll find plenty of new powerplants, including a new  DIG-T 117 engine and an optional 7-speed with paddles dual-clutch transmission, with 6-speed as the standard installation.

Fuel economy has improved compared to its predecessor, with an official 45.6-47.9mpg for manual transmission versions.

A “D-Mode” selector allows drivers to switch between three modes – Standard, Eco and Sport.

Safety features include Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Intelligent Speed Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Intervention.

Nissans says Blind Spot Intervention on the Juke is a premiere on a Nissan model. The system warns drivers when there is a vehicle hidden from view alongside them, and guides the Juke back into the lane to prevent a collision.

This feature continues the drive towards semi-automation of cars. Juke drivers can also benefit from Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT technology on automatic versions. This system controls steering, acceleration and braking to maintain Juke’s position in lane and a constant, safe distance from other vehicles, even in slow-moving queues.

Connectivity is critical to vehicles these days. Nissan claims the Juke has “the most advanced infotainment system ever fitted to a Nissan” including effortless integration of smartphones, an app to control and monitor the car, and in-car WiFi (available early 2020) for data-hungry passengers.

The latest version of the NissanConnect infotainment system allows customers to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to mirror their smartphone apps on the integrated 8-inch touch screen display.

Trim levels are familiar Nissan themes, with Visia as the entry-level (from £17,395) which comes decently equipped with things like LED headlamps, a 4.2-inch infotainment screen and lots of those safety assists.

Next up is Acenta, from £18,995, which adds 17-inch alloys, a rear view camera, a WiFi hotspot and an eight-inch screen.

Jump up to N-Connecta (£20,995) for more goodies and again up to Tekna (£22,495) for your 19-inch alloys, heated front windscreen, the proper Bose surround sound system and the rest.

There’s also Tekna+ (£23,895) and the Premier Edition model which are stuffed with extras like leather seats and special paint finishes.

The new Nissan Juke is on sale now, for first deliveries next month.

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