Nissan Juke update for Geneva looks to have lost no flair

Details remain slim, but Nissan has released a teaser photo of the next generation Juke, which it promises to unveil in Geneva next week.

2015 Nissan Juke
Nissan's teaser image for the new Juke suggests the little car has not lost its outlandish styling. Nissan

Nissan released a teaser image of the 2015 model year update to the Juke today, ahead of the full unveil next week in Geneva. The Juke is one of Nissan's most technically advanced cars, and employs love-it-or-hate-it styling that makes it a bit cultish.

The Juke originally launched as a 2010 model, so this update puts it on a five-year product cycle.

The image released today uses a lot of graphic obfuscation to hide many of the details. The car is clearly still a four-door with a hatchback, retaining its compact SUV style. The wheel arches look slightly enhanced, which would accentuate the Juke's funky styling.

There is little indication from the image that Nissan has attempted to shave off the more outlandish design cues, such as the slash lights on the front fenders or the bug-eyes next to the grille.

Nissan offered no specifications, but the current engine for the US market, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with direct injection and a turbocharger, is fairly advanced by today's standards. It does not seem likely Nissan would change that, unless it shaved off some displacement.

Likewise, the continuously variable transmission (CVT), a signature bit of Nissan technology, is likely to stay. With the current model, you can have all-wheel drive with the CVT, but only front-wheel drive with the manual transmission. It would be a welcome addition if Nissan could offer the manual with all-wheel drive.

For cabin technology, Nissan has offered Google-connected navigation units in the new Versa and Altima models. The new Juke should benefit from this connected technology.

The 2015 Juke will greet the world next Tuesday, during the first press day of the 2014 Geneva auto show.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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