We just found out the 2-door compact sport utility Nissan calls the Juke will make its U.S. debut at next month's New York auto show. Even more recently, Nissan introduced its new 1.6-liter turbocharged direct injection I-4 on YouTube, of all places.
While the design of the Juke may take some getting used to, we'd gladly welcome Nissan's first direct injection here, especially if it were boosted. The design squirts fuel directly into the cylinders, while variable cam timing helps to achieve proper burn time depending on demand, increasing efficiency. Power output is similar to that of 2.5-liter, says Nissan, with figures coming in at 188 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy hasn't been issued yet, but if paired to the Juke, we expect to see in the neighborhood of 27 mpg.
Though this engine has been confirmed for the European version, we can't speak for the U.S. spec version yet. In Europe, the Juke paired to this engine gets either a 6-speed manual with front-wheel drive or Nissan's continuously variable transmission paired to an AWD system. Take this report with a grain of salt as the European Juke will be offered with a diesel engine, which we probably won't get either. Expect to see pricing and other details closer to launch, which is slated for this fall.
Though still not confirmed for the states yet, we wouldn't be surprised to see a form of this engine in smaller Nissan vehicles in the next few years. Check out the video here. If anything, it's a cool look at how a direct injection engine works.