2017 Nissan Juke Nismo is a crazy fast SUV

For those of you that don’t know, NISMO is the NISsan MOtorsport division. Quite why they’d want to release a NISMO version of the Juke (which is quite an odd crossover at the best of times) is anyone’s guess.

However, they have.

Whether it’s worth the premium over the standard model, only time will tell, but given that Nissan are a major player, you’d have thought they’d done the math to prove it’s a viable model.

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Release date

The 2017 Nissan Juke NISMO is in the showroom now.

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Price

The standard Juke starts around $21,000, but for the NISMO version, you’re going to need a further $8,000 to take one home with you; they retail in the region of $29,000.

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Redesign and changes

What do you get for the extra money?

As you’d expect, the NISMO version looks a little more sporty and aggressive, although, with an already ‘acquired’ taste, it just goes to give an almost unique look.
The main difference being in the bumpers and side skirts. The look is finished off with 18” rims (over the standard 17” rims).

The Juke is really in the same league as MINI's charged crossovers in terms of speed and power. The standard car compete with Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and other compact crossovers.

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Video

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Interior

Inside the compact crossover, the NISMO has different seats and dashboard which are unique to this hot version, otherwise, it’s quite standard.

Getting to the engineering bits, you’d think that the motorsport division of Nissan would deliver something special with the drivetrain and suspension, and they almost have; the suspension has been reengineered and retuned to give a sportier ride and better handling, while the engine has been tweaked to give a few more horses, but even so, 200 BHP (or thereabouts) isn’t going to set the world alight – they should have offered a V6 turbo producing 300+ BHP in our opinion – after all, that is what NISMO do. The engine from 370Z will be very nice. The NISMO will send its power to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

2017 Nissan Juke NISMO Specs

Strangely, Nissan thought it a good idea to fit a limited slip differential as well, but as for what purpose, we don’t really know.

Other upgrades and features include a leather wrapped steering wheel, sunroof, air conditioning, rear view camera, cruise control, keyless ignition & entry, touchscreen, navigation and the Nissan Connect app, although of course, some of those toys will be options and won’t come as standard.

All in all, if you like the quirky look of the standard Juke, you’ll probably love the look of the NISMO version, but it really does seem to us as a last ditch effort by Nissan to try and garner sales.

2016-10-21 by Luke Widmeyer