By on January 11, 2013

Today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Nissan unveiled its worst-kept secret. Assisted by attractive dancers dressed in white, Nissan “took the covers off of the highly-anticipated Juke Nismo” as the press release puts it. No, it’s not the highly anticipated Juke R, the cross-over with the GT-R engine. That has to wait for another Auto Salon. Or possibly one of the upcoming A-events.

The Juke Nismo, teased for what feels like a couple of years, is a Juke with a turbocharged 200 hp engine, actually with a 190 hp MR16DDT engine that has been chip-tuned to deliver 10 horses more.

Outside and inside blend in well with other cars on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon – which is like SEMA in Japanese, and without the big-breasted blondes.

The Juke Nismo can be bought beginning February 19 at Nissan dealers all over Japan. It would set you back 2,850,750 yen, or $32,000.

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15 Comments on “Tokyo Auto Salon: Can You Take A Strong Juke? Yes, You Can...”


  • avatar
    Freddy M

    I approve. The price is a bit steep though.

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    The styling is ATTROCIOUS!!! I can’t believe that not only did some goofball design school grad present this design with serious intentions, but also Nissan felt that producing a car that more closely resembles an insect than the VW Beetle… and a couple people actually bought this thing.

    Then again, Nissan did seriously consider and produce the Murano Crosstour.

    There’s some pretty strong Kool-Aid being passed around among Nissan owners/enthusiasts.

  • avatar
    itanibro

    The Juke is this generation’s Pontiac Aztek. Ug-LY!

  • avatar

    I am not sure that even big-breasted blondes would help sell this ugly thing. Although perhaps it is a chance worth taking.

  • avatar
    dolorean

    Stronger…and yet, still so hideous that I want to bash it with a shovel like a walking corpse during the Zombie-pocalypse. Seriously, fire the guy on the design staff at Nissan who is so myopic as to create this affront to the visual world.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Whoever styled the Juke deserves a job in designing toys.

      Actually all 5 or so of the people who styled it deserve a job with designing toys, the thing just wreaks of too many stylists with no overall vision.

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    As a current Juke owner, I’ll keep mine over this. Not a fan of the changes and only 10 HP more? Not worth it. I wouldnt says its this generation’s Aztek, I dont think anything is as atrocious as the Aztek. But then again everyone thinks their own children are cute so I digress.

    Still, the Juke is a fantastic car for the price, and so far at 44k miles mine has been very reliable. I actually think its one of the best values on the market. I hope they stay in production so I can get a new one when mine wears out.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      This isn’t the first time Nissan has done this type of NISMO marketing gimmickery. Remember the 2004 Nissan Frontier SC?

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      The Juke isn’t the modern Aztek simply because people are actually buying Jukes, and for reasons beyond me aren’t embarrassed to be seen in them.

      Let us know when your Juke hits 90k-100k, thats when the gremlins like to show up with cars.

  • avatar
    Splorg McGillicuddy

    I like the Juke but this could definitely use more power. My big problem with the Juke (other than those round lights) has always been with the manual transmission and AWD — you cannot get that combo!

    • 0 avatar
      ICARFAN

      I don’t think you can get a Juke with a manual at all unless you want to wait 90-120 days for a special order. Been shopping in the 18-24 thousand range for something with a manual tranny and all I get is blank stares from the salesmen.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Oh boy! 10 Extra HP! That’ll really make this thing scoot!


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