Nissan’s stylistically contentious Juke is one of those “hate it or love it” vehicles. The Juke is definitely for a specific taste. Nissan has now unveiled both the redesigned Juke for 2015 and the all new X-trail. While the new Juke benefits from a series of design enhancements, new engine offerings and some technological revisions, the new X-Trail gets a complete ground up redesign.
For 2015, the Juke’s upper fender lights have taken design influences from the 370Z, Murano and Qashqai by incorporating the signature boomerang shape into the design. The change is nominal, as is the new V-shaped grille, but the boomerang design does repeat itself in the new Juke’s taillights. Otherwise the Juke’s overall proportions, descending roofline and squat stance remain relatively untouched.
The new Juke provides consumers with a choice of five different engines and two transmission offerings. Three of the engines are carried over from the previous model, and are now joined by two new powerplants, including a new turbocharged, direct injection engine.
Inside the Juke, Nissan has upped the crossover’s storage capacity by an impressive 40 percent. To let the light shine down on all that extra stuff, Nissan has also added a new open-air panoramic glass roof. And thanks to a new personalization program from Nissan’s Design Studio, owners can change their Juke’s:
- center console
- door finishes
- air vent rings
- gear knob stitching
- steering wheel
- meter hood lid leather cover
Other features include a new audio system, current generation NissanConnect interface, Nissan Safety Shield and the Dynamic Control system.
Where the Juke is more of a personal statement, Nissan’s revised X-Trail crossover comes across as more conventional, for those who might like to remain more anonymous. According to Nissan, the new X-Trail’s exterior features a “design emphasis on the wheel areas, whose large arches form the cornerstones of the design.” Whereas those design elements may have been reworked in the new vehicle, the overall visual statement still speaks of a homogenous, suburban mandate.
Inside the five-door crossover, Nissan has included a split-screen dashboard to increase visual acuity when glancing at road speeds and radio settings. Like the Juke, the X-Trail also features the new NissanConnect system to assist with connectivity, and the big panoramic glass roof in order to soak the seven passengers in natural light.
The X-Trail also features other safety and passenger goodies like:
- forward emergency braking
- moving object detection
- a little device that recognizes traffic signs and alerts the driver to new speed limits
- Active Ride Control
- engine braking
- hill start assist
- Active Trace Control (which brakes individual wheels in order to reduce understeer and increase handling during less than ideal road conditions).
Both the new 2015 Juke and X-Trail will be available from July.