Nissan is preparing to launch a facelifted version of the trendsetting Juke crossover, and these spy shots are the first time we've seen it in the flesh. Given the timing of these photos it seems likely that the new Juke will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and go on sale soon after.
Judging by our pictures, Nissan hasn't tinkered too much with the Juke's radical styling. At the front end the distinctive two-piece headlight arrangement is carried over, although the bumper and grille appear to have been reshaped. A bolder chrome 'V', to match the new NIssan Qashqai, is expected, while the 'wine rack' lower grille has been smoothed out.
At the rear the boomerang-shaped tailights can clearly be seen through the camouflage, above a subtly reshaped rear bumper. Without any interior shots, it's impossible to say which changes have been applied inside, but expect higher quality materials and an upgraded infotainment system with a larger touch screen from the new Qashqai.
Revised engines from the Qashqai are expected to be carried over to the Juke, too. The biggest-seller will undoubtedly be the 108bhp 1.5 dCi with CO2 emissions well below 100g/km, but the biggest change will be a 113bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol to replace the old 1.6-litre unit.
To coincide with the facelift, Nissan will also add a new range-topping Juke Nismo RS model. Expect power to climb from 197bhp in the standard Juke Nismo to 212bhp with a 0-62mph time of around 7.5 seconds.