Juke is not available in the US anymore, but it is one of the most favorite small crossovers in Europe. The latest edition of the vehicle features the Batman-inspired theme. Nevertheless, the production of this package is limited and the 2023 Nissan Juke is not going to offer the Kiiro trim. Anyway, the company will find something to draw the attention of buyers and enthusiasts. The Juke Nismo is already there as the top of the lineup version. For the subcompact class, that is more than enough.
The company replaced the Juke in the US with Kicks crossover. However, the vehicle was not just renamed, but there are significant differences between them. The 2023 Nissan Juke Nismo is one of them. US buyers are upset by the discontinuation of the high-end package for their subcompact crossover. Well, Nissan is trying to shake things up in every segment, so frequent changes, small modifications, limited-edition trim levels, and other one-shot things are likely to happen.
Highlights of the new 2023 Juke will be its agility and fuel economy. The crossover is perfect for tight city streets. We already mentioned the Nismo trim level. It takes the impression of the vehicle to another level. Of course, you can’t expect to get too much power from the subcompact crossover. The last update brought a hybrid configuration. In the future, Juke could launch an EV version based on the Ariya concept.
2023 Nissan Juke vs Kicks
Although Americans still remember the Juke, there is a tiny possibility for the vehicle to come back to the biggest market in the world. Kicks is now taking the spot in the subcompact crossover segment. Although two vehicles belong to the same class, there are notable differences between them. First, Kicks is slightly longer. 3 inches is not something spectacular, but in this tier, everything can be used for comfort improvement. Then, the lineup of engines is different. The 2023 Nissan Juke comes with a 1.0-liter I3 and hybrid configuration based on a four-pot mill. On the other hand, Kicks uses 4-cylinder units, and an I3 is a center of hybrid configuration. And, of course, it doesn’t feature the Nismo package yet.
Under the hood of the 2023 Nissan Juke is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 115 hp and 135 lb-ft of torque. With this powertrain, the crossover can accelerate 0-60 mph in 10 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while automatic is optional. The Juke is not coming with an all-wheel drive.
The Japanese company has been working on the new hybrid drivetrain. A 1.6-liter petrol engine is producing 90 hp, and an electric motor adds 47 hp. The gas mileage of the crossover is impressive, rated at 46 mpg combined. Well, some larger crossovers in the US can do a similar rate (Ford Escape hybrid, Toyota Rav4). The Kicks in the US is also getting the e-Power version with improved fuel economy.
2023 Nissan Juke Nismo and Other Packages
Since the 2023 Nissan Juke is going to be available in many different markets, the company will try to keep some originality for each part of the world. But, the top of the lineup version stays the Juke Nismo. A 1.6-liter engine comes with a turbocharger and delivers 215 horsepower. It also increases max speed and cuts down time needed for a 0-60 mph sprint. Besides that, designers revisited both exterior and interior. A lot of red accents and more aggressive parts come along the power unit.
As said, there are plenty of trim levels available in different markets. We mentioned Nismo and Kiira, which is not going to be available in 2023. For example, in the UK, buyers can pick between Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, and Tekna. In some countries, the 2023 Nissan Juke will be available only in a single trim, with optional packages on the disposal. The bottom line is – the crossover is not introducing too many changes, which means packages and prices should stay the same.