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LONDON, UK – A striking yellow paint option, significantly revised interior and enhanced in-car technology are among a host of changes designed to keep the popular British-built Nissan Juke ahead of the competition.

For its mid-lifecycle refresh, Nissan’s designers and engineers have made significant changes to the Juke’s interior, including a redesigned centre console and instrument panel, to elevate the ambience of life-on-board. The interior also benefits from new materials, trim and upgraded fit and finish. And the car’s connectivity has been updated with a larger touchscreen and additional features.

The mid-life upgrade also sees the introduction of an additional grade called N-Sport, which emphasises the Juke’s dynamic qualities both on exterior and interior details.

Nissan is also reintroducing a yellow exterior colour option on its Juke urban crossover, following its popularity on the first-generation Juke. A slightly paler shade than the original, the new yellow delivers a modern and impactful look.

When specified in the new N-Sport trim, the visual impact is heightened by the contrast of the yellow with the black roof, wheels, door mirrors, wheel arch inserts, grille and A- and B-pillars. The overall effect elevates the Juke’s natural visual impact, with an added splash of swagger and attitude.

Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan GB, said: “The latest generation Juke was launched in 2019 and continual improvements, including a new hybrid powertrain, have ensured it remains popular with UK customers in a fiercely competitive sector.

“2023 was the current generation Juke’s best-selling year and these latest updates retain its distinctive style while enhancing connectivity, quality, interior design and safety to ensure it stays ahead of the competition.”

Interior updates bring added quality and connectivity
Inside, the first change that existing customers notice when they get behind the steering wheel is the increased size of the central infotainment screen. It’s now 12.3 inches from corner to corner and it has been inclined towards the driver by 8o to bring the touch controls at the far edge of the screen to within comfortable reach, but also to enhance the cockpit-feeling which Juke customers really like.

As the driver gets comfortable behind the wheel, they will appreciate the new, smoother leather-like material from N-Connecta models, which looks cleaner and also feels more satisfying to the touch.

Beyond the steering wheel, the combimeter, which houses the dials showing the Juke’s speed and other key information, is now 12.3-inch digital TFT screen on N-Connecta and upwards. The hi-resolution screen (1920 x 720 pixels) allows the driver to configure the display to show the combination of information according to their preferences.

The appearance of the combimeter can be cycled between two different basic layouts, with the classic layout showing two dials and a central space containing additional information. Alternatively, the “enhanced” layout presents the road speed and engine speed which are displayed on a pair of dials which are inclined and give a three-dimensional perspective. This allows a larger central display area where additional information can be displayed.

In the central section between the dials, the driver can display navigation directions, including a map, as well as fuel economy, audio information, eco-drive performance, tyre pressures and other key information. The controls for the display are located conveniently on the steering wheel.

The upgraded infotainment system comes with a more intuitive home screen which allows the user to tailor the screen to include the “widgets” for the functions they use the most frequently, much like they would with the home screen of their smart phone.

Additionally, the infotainment enjoys improved voice recognition and “natural language understanding” capability. This endows the system with a wider range of phrases and expressions that the system can understand as a command, ignoring hesitations or pauses. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also now available.

Other new features include speed camera information and fuel price information that can be displayed in the navigation map and the infotainment system can now play video content from USB connected devices when the car is stationary.

Revised range with new styling-led N-Sport grade
Reflecting the addition of the eye-catching exterior yellow, the N-Sport interior features a matching yellow highlight which is boomerang-shaped and runs across the top of the instrument panel, before angling down and framing the base of the new central infotainment screen and finishing at the air-vents.

The N-Sport seat continues the eye-catching theme, with yellow recycled Alcantara® inserts to match the new exterior paint which cover the top outer portion of the seat, cutting into the centre of the seat at the side bolsters. The base and seat upright are quilted in a distinctive pattern, while “Juke” is embossed at shoulder-height on the seat-upright. Yellow stitching completes the bold effect.

There are also new seats with improved comfort. The new N-Connecta seats feature a new fabric called Kira Melange which consists of PVC with fabric accents to complement the roller patterned inserts.

On the Tekna models, the new material is a black PVC with PVC accents and a quilted effect inserts on the base and back of the seat. The seat aperture which gives the interior a sporty feel is situated behind the passengers’ head is lined in a piano black finisher.

“Juke is Nissan’s bold, confident family member. The number one purchase reason is its design – customers love its style and assertive personality. We’ve loved working with our colleagues at Nissan Technical Centre Europe and the team at the Sunderland factory to develop a new yellow for Juke which will make an even bolder statement – we think it will give the Juke an extra ‘bang’. It brings a fresh flavour to the line-up – every member of the design team is looking forward to seeing the first one on the road,” said Matthew Weaver, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe.

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