New Nissan Juke: crossover class vehicle to be built in UK which safeguards 34,000 jobs. Plus, overview of current Nissan Juke.
New Nissan Juke Built At Sunderland Plant
The new Nissan Juke will be built at the UK's Sunderland Plant which helps secure 34,000 jobs, the manufacturer said. Nissan claimed this “£100 million investment is a further endorsement of the quality of output” of the plant that has produced 1.5 million units in the last 3 years. These include the current Juke which is a crossover class vehicle launched in 2010 and revised in 2014 to ensure it stays towards the front of the pack. Its purpose – as with every crossover – is to blend the rugged look of a traditional 4x4 – and in some forms 4-wheel-drive itself – with the lower running costs and superior handling more typical of a family model.
Nissan Europe Chairman, Paul Willcox said: “The Juke’s unique design is 1 of the reasons Nissan is now the undisputed crossover leader, underpinning 5 consecutive years of sales growth in Europe.” He continued: “With the next generation Juke now confirmed for future production, customers can be assured that Nissan is going to remain the benchmark in the crossover segment for many years to come. This announcement also gives security to our Sunderland Plant beyond 2020, which the team has earned through many years of hard work and their ability to continually raise the bar on quality.”
The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, said: “It’s fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new car here in Sunderland and securing valuable jobs for thousands of working people in the area.” He added: “Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing - and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production.”
Nissan Juke Overview
The Nissan Juke – in its current form – is available with a wide range of engines and trims. Highlights include the Nismo RS DIG-T that has a 1.6-litre, 218hp, petrol engine and hits 62mph in 7.0 seconds. The competition tuned suspension and exterior features such as the rear diffuser emphasises its status within the range. Despite its potent performance, this 2-wheel-drive model averages 39.2mpg. More efficient still is the Visia 1.5 dCi that returns 70.6mpg. It is powered by a 110hp diesel engine and standard equipment includes air-conditioning. The Tekna 1.6 DiG-T Xtronic 4x4, in contrast, adds: exterior cameras to make parking easier, climate and cruise control, satellite navigation and 4-wheel-drive.
The Nissan Juke costs £13,930 to £24,100 on the road.