• First of a range of Nismo products to come to Europe
• Priced from £19,999
• First deliveries expected in March next year

A ‘hot’ version of the Nissan Juke crossover is set to go on sale next year. The Juke Nismo, which was unveiled at this year’s Paris Motorshow, will be the first of a new wave of souped-up Nissans to come to Europe over the coming years.

On the outside, the Juke ‘GTI’ gets a subtle bodykit, Nismo badging and red door-mirror covers, a theme which continues with a red pinstripe running along the side of the car. The bodykit features lower front and rear bumpers and extended side skirts, as well as a larger front grille and a tailgate spoiler. Nissan says that this helps to reduce lift without increasing drag.

Inside, the souped-up Juke benefits from suede-trimmed sports seats, complete with red stitching and extended side bolsters. The steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara and leather and the door-liners are clothed in suede. Also, the Juke Nismo gets a black centre console, black door switch surrounds and a black headliner. Red Nismo ‘signatures’ abound, featuring on the dials, the seats and the gear knob and gaiter.

Under the bonnet, the uprated Juke gets a modified version of Nissan’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 197bhp and 184ft/lb of torque, only 10bhp more than the standard DIG-T model. This can be directed to either the front wheels or to all four via a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic ‘box. In front-wheel drive, manual format, it can sprint to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 134mph. Alongside this performance, the Nismo returns 40.9mpg and emits 159g/km of CO2. The Juke Nismo also gets uprated suspension and more direct steering to sharpen the car’s handling.

The Nissan Juke Nismo will go on sale in January 2013, with first deliveries expected in March. Pricing starts at £19,999.

By James Richardson

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