After three surprisingly successful years on the market, the quirky Nissan Juke crossover is refreshed for 2015. The updated Juke that debuted at the 2014 Geneva auto show has revised styling, new technology, and more cargo space to help Nissan capitalize on the Juke’s strong sales in both Europe and the U.S.
You may not notice many of the subtle exterior changes for the 2015 Nissan Juke at first, but the new model does have all new LED-accented headlights and taillights, along with a new grille insert that mimics the signature Nissan grille design seen on the Rogue and Pathfinder crossovers. There are also three new wheel designs and three new paint colors, and Nissan is playing up newly available personalization packages that allow for body color-matching inserts for the wheels and various interior bits.
Changes to the 2015 Nissan Juke go beyond the new styling touches, though, as Nissan has managed to extract more space in the rear cargo area on front-wheel-drive models. From what we can see in photos, it seems like the cargo floor has been lowered to bring the Juke’s cargo capacity behind the seats up to Nissan’s claimed 12.5 cu-ft of cargo space. Given the current car’s paltry amount of space behind the seats (10.5 cubic feet), it’s a welcome upgrade that should up this hatchback’s practicality quotient.
The 2015 Nissan Juke also gains new technology thanks to its upgraded NissanConnect infotainment system. This allows for new smartphone connectivity support along with an optional navigation system that integrates with Google search functionality. Nissan’s 360-degree AroundView Monitor makes it onto the Juke as well, along with newly available active safety features like lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and moving object detection. To top it all off, the 2015 Juke will offer an optional panoramic glass roof with an opening front panel.
Although Nissan has only released information about the Euro-spec 2015 Nissan Juke at this point, we don’t anticipate any changes to the American-market car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This 188-hp engine pairs with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, with CVT models offering an optional torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The 2015 refresh will also apply to the 197-hp Juke Nismo and 215-hp Juke Nismo RS performance variants. In Europe, the 2015 Juke will also be available with a new 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter diesel four-cylinder.
Nissan will announce exact details on the U.S.-spec 2015 Nissan Juke closer to its on-sale date later this year.