The newest member of the JUKE family has arrived hot on the trail of the recently-introduced JUKE CVT automatic and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) models, expanding the line-up to seven striking derivatives. The new JUKE diesel, like its siblings, is rewriting automotive convention on diesel power.
The unconventional design is able to turn heads in the traffic and create a stir in parking lots.
Linked to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.5-litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine in the new JUKE diesel produces 81 kW at 4 000 rpm and a great whack of torque to boot – 260 Nm from just 1 500 rpm.
The result is a mix of great driving performance and brilliant fuel economy with the new JUKE 1.5 dCi returning a combined cycle average fuel consumption figure of just 4.2-litres per 100 kilometres with carbon emissions of just 109 g/km.
The Euro 5-compliant 1.5 dCi engine – which requires 50 ppm or low-sulphur diesel – employs new technology allowing for endless advances in reducing fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and NVH levels. The engine features a reduction in combustion noises as well as new-generation start-stop technology, with smart management technology which ensures a quick restart procedure.
The six-speed manual gearbox has also been refined, a change in the gear ratios ensuring a more responsive yet still economical drive. The JUKE diesel’s three drive modes – Normal, Eco and Sport – allow the driver to adjust the JUKE’s personality via the Interactive Driver Control system to suit his or her mood.
Safety equipment is comprehensive, the JUKE diesel featuring ABS with EBD and BAS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), six airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, an immobiliser and DataDot as standard.
The JUKE 1.5 dCi Acenta+ sells at R263 800.