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Nissan Juke Nismo Could Hit Market in 2013

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On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Juke Nismo Could Hit Market in 2013

It's pretty clear that Nissan really wants to build a hot hatch version of the Juke crossover. First, it stimulated wild dreams with the radical but for-show-only Juke R concept in Frankfurt. Then it showed the more realistic Juke Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and announced that Nismo will have a greater role in building performance road models.

So, we'd have to assume that unless the reaction to the Juke Nismo was horrible or a business case proves elusive, Nissan will be building some type of high-performance, Nismo-engineered Juke. According to reports, the model hasn't been given the go-ahead yet, but should get a green or red light within a few months.

What Car? cites Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani in saying that a decision should come by early next year. Nissan has said that if public reaction to the Juke Nismo concept is positive than it will build the model.

If the model does indeed get the green light, it could hit the market sometime in 2013. However, a version with a focus on higher performance would more likely take two years, according to Miyatani. A 2013 version would be a little less performance-oriented.

Exactly what performance we can expect remains a mystery. Not only does What Car's report suggest that Nissan/Nismo is considering several different tunes, but Nissan did not give any performance specs on the Juke Nismo concept, suggesting simply that the Juke's 1.6-liter turbocharged engine was tuned for performance in the concept. The concept also had tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels and an aerodynamic body kit.

Whatever the decision on performance, I hope that they keep the red-on-white color theme of the concept. I've never really liked the Juke's styling, but the white paint with red accents really brings out its best.



Stephy21 | 10:14AM (Thu, Dec 15, 2011)

Now i am glad they are at least coming out with a new version of the Juke. Hopefully t is soon, i really like the way this Juke looks.

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