Nissan Combines JUKE and GT-R to Create Super Crossover
The latest concept from Nissan mixes two very bold ideas to create the ultimate compact crossover. The revolutionary, eye-catching JUKE shape will blend with the sporty GT-R to test the public's reaction to the industry's first-ever sport crossover.
This single-production concept will look like a Nissan JUKE with an addition of flared wheel arches, re-sculpted front and rear bumpers, and a split rear wing. The interior will transform into a car that's meant for the race track with additional gauges, a seven-inch LCD display, motorcycle-fuel-tank-inspired center console, and even twin race seats.
A 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V6 powers the JUKE-R concept, the same powerful engine that lives in the Nissan GT-R. To accommodate the extra power, the JUKE-R gets a modified GT-R four-wheel-drive driveline and prop shaft. The extra safety features, like the visible roll cage, five-point harness seatbelts, and a more rigid body, align with FIA safety standards to provide the ultimate in worry-free performance.
The overwhelming popularity of the boldly-designed JUKE, and the power of the sporty GT-R, combine to create a whole new class of vehicle design. This new car will drive equally well on the track as it does on the road. According to Paul Willcox, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Nissan (Europe Market), this concept "highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan. [The JUKE-R] will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars."1
Currently, Nissan is only building two cars: one in left-hand-drive and one in right-hand-drive. The automaker, in collaboration with motorsports outfit RML, will finish testing the fully road-legal JUKE-R by the end of November. Though, for now, there are no plans to bring the car into production.
That said, Royal Nissan, located at 9325 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, LA, is hopeful that the JUKE-R will garnet positive response, prompting Nissan to take the next step. Stay tuned with us, as we plan to keep you informed of the latest updates from Nissan. In the meantime, check out our new Nissan inventory, online, to see all of the bold and innovative designs from Nissan in 2011 and 2012.