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New Nissan Kicks Concept Debuts in Sao Paulo

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 1st, 2014

2014 Nissan Kicks Concept

What if a concept captured the heart of a nation?

We don’t typically make a big deal about the several smaller international motor shows that take place between the major ones like Paris and LA. For one, Japanese automakers typically have a slim showing at those events anyways, and for two, the cars they do show are typically tailored specifically to the show’s home market.

However, today’s Nissan Kicks Concept is something special. And we knew it would be something special when Nissan teased the car earlier this month.

Doors opened today at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Shor in Brazil. Since this particular motor show only falls every other year, it’s the biggest automotive event in Latin America. Nissan took the opportunity to introduce an ambitious new concept – the Nissan Kicks Concept – which they claim captures the heart of Brazil.

As you can see in the video, this is a concept developed exclusively for the South American market, and more so for Brazil. Mamoru Aoki, Nissan’s Global Executive Design Director, describes how the concept was “inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people.” Robert Bauer, the Chief Designer behind the project, goes on to say, “We saw a disconnect between vehicles on Brazilian roads, which were mainly silver, black and white in color, and the exuberant nature of the country and its people.”

So, what we have here is a crossover that’s designed for Brazil’s business-class. Unlike the over-the-top EXTREM Concept that Nissan showed at the 2012 Sao Paulo show (below), the Kicks Concept is a realistic design study with serious production intent. It’s also yet another addition to Nissan’s ever-expanding portfolio of crossovers.

2012 Nissan Extrem Concept

Clearly, Nissan paid a lot of attention to the Kicks Concept’s distinct color scheme, which pairs a classy charcoal grey with a vibrant sunset orange. The compact crossover rides on custom 19-inch alloys with matching orange accents, and you’ll find a similar accent on the front spoiler beneath Nissan’s trademark V-motion grille.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures of the interior, but we expect that a production model would feel a lot more like an SUV inside than a sedan, despite the crossover’s small size.

The most interesting thing about Nissan’s contribution to the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show is that, even though it was designed specifically for Latin America, Nissan hinted that they’ll sell the car internationally. In their press release, they made a remarkably big deal about the Kicks Concept being a “global collaboration.” So, it’s definitely possible that the Kicks could end up as a sort of entry-level Juke in NA or EU markets.

Still, don’t forget that this is still just a design study. Maybe in another two years we’ll have a production model for you at the 2016 Sao Paulo event. If you’d like to learn more, Nissan gave us another longer promo video that delves a bit more into the Kicks’ development:

Nissan Extrem II Concept Teased Before San Paolo Debut

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 17th, 2014

2014 Extrem II Concept

The echoes of the 2014 Paris Motor Show can still be heard reverberating across the furthest corners of the Internet, and yet Japanese automakers are already gearing up for this year’s next major auto show in San Paolo. Today we’re looking at Nissan’s preview for an as-yet-unnamed new compact crossover concept.

We don’t have a name for it yet, but Nissan says it’s a follow-up to the Extrem Concept from the 2012 San Paolo Motor Show (pictured below). Since we have nothing else to go on, this new concept has been unofficially dubbed the Nissan Extrem II Concept.

2012 Nissan Extrem Concept

As with most teasers of this nature, Nissan hasn’t released much information at all about their new SUV concept. In fact, the first two paragraphs of this article pretty much sum up everything that Nissan has “officially” told us. But if you take out your magnifying glass, you’ll find that there are a few clues that hint at what this new CUV will be…

First, Nissan doesn’t typically follow up on concepts that they don’t intend to produce. The fact that their showcasing a second version of the 2012 Extrem Concept suggests that whatever this car is will likely make it to production.

How much iteration remains between San Paolo and a commercial vehicle?

That we don’t know.

At the time of this writing, there are two popular rumors currently circulating the web about Nissan’s new concept. The first is that the Extrem II will eventually become a CUV slotted above the Juke but below the Rogue, perhaps as a global, more coupe-like Qashqai variant. The second rumor is that the Extrem II is actually the next-gen Nissan Juke in disguise, with perhaps a bit of design study thrown in for good measure.

We don’t buy any of it. The new Extrem II Concept won’t slot above the Juke or replace it; we believe it’ll slot below it. Just think about it… While other automakers are racing to manufacture CUVs that match the Juke’s compact proportions, Nissan is raising the bar by going even smaller.

Well, I guess that would be lowering the bar, wouldn’t it?

2014 Extrem II Concept profile

Either way, our theory isn’t mere hearsay. The 2012 Extrem Concept measured smaller than the current Nissan Juke in length, height and wheelbase. So, it’s reasonable to expect that the Extrem II will also be smaller than the Juke as a crossover that’s more hatchback/coupe than SUV.

Infiniti proved their willingness to break boundaries at the Paris Motor Show with the Q80 Inspiration Concept. Perhaps the Extrem II is Nissan’s attempt to do the same. Whatever it is, we’re excited to see what Nissan comes up with. Stay tuned for more info later this month.

New 2015 Infiniti ESQ Unleased in the Chinese Market

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 5th, 2014

The world’s second-largest Japanese automaker, Nissan, continues to expand their global presence with surprising frequency. Last week they introduced the Datsun mi-DO, a new budget friendly hatchback for the Russian market, and this week they’ve unveiled the Infiniti ESQ exclusively for the Chinese market.

The reveal comes at the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show, where the trend of the year is scantily clad women and luxury cars. The Infiniti ESQ wasn’t the only new premium vehicle on display, but it’s definitely one of the most eye-catching. See for yourself below:

Infiniti ESQ Crossover

Look familiar?

That’s probably because the Infiniti ESQ is essentially a pre-facelift Nissan Juke NISMO in disguise. The quirky Juke crossover has never been available for sale in China, so Infiniti decided to introduce the car in upgraded luxury form. According to their release, Infiniti is hoping to take the fun-factor of the Nissan Juke and bring it to China’s “new millennials”, which is a very important customer group to the brand’s expansion.

At this point, you’re probably wondering what separates the Nissan Juke NISMO from the new Infiniti ESQ premium crossover. But, let’s start with what’s stayed the same – the powertrain.

2015 Infiniti ESQ Crossover

The ESQ runs on the Juke NISMO’s exhilarating 197hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a performance-tuned CVT and optional all-wheel drive. With that, the ESQ boasts a 0-60 speed of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 134mph. Meanwhile, the turbocharger helps the lux crossover maintain a cool 40mpg and keeps CO2 emissions around 159g/km… Not exactly Prius-level, but not too shabby either.

Infiniti ESQ Powertrain

As you may be able to detect in the above images, the Infiniti ESQ uses a fairly extensive body kit to achieve a more interesting, premium look, distinct from Nissan’s Juke NISMO. The ESQ gets an even sportier look than the Juke with a rear diffuser, a sport exhaust pipe, totally redesigned head- and taillights, plenty of chrome trim and a restyled mesh grille. Plus, Infiniti’s done a number of aerodynamic tweaks to boost fuel economy, and the ESQ rides on new 18-inch allows with plenty of ESQ badging all around the body.

Infiniti ESQ Interior

Inside, the changes are a little less dominant. The Infiniti ESQ loses the Juke NISMO’s Alcantara steering wheel and high-contrast color-scheme in favor of upscale leather seats with classy white stitching. The crossover retains all of the Juke’s tech. appointments, including the infotainment system, climate control and three variable driving modes.

The Infiniti ESQ will go on sale in China at the beginning of next month for between 200,000 and 300,000 Yuan, which for reference is about $32,000 to $49,000. However, word has it that the ESQ is only the first of many new offerings that Infiniti is readying for the Chinese market, including the Q50L and a possible new QX70, just to name a couple.

New Suzuki Vitara to Debut at the Paris Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Monday, September 1st, 2014

2015 Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki has just revealed the 2015 Suzuki Vitara ahead of its October debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Even though the small Japanese automaker isn’t selling cars in North America anymore, this compact crossover proves that they’re still intent on competing at a global level. The new Vitara is their answer to the uber-popular Nissan Juke.

Just as a reminder, you may have seen a similar version of the Vitara somewhere before… It’s based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, pictured below.

2013 Suzuki iV-4 Concept

As you can see, Suzuki has kept much of the iV-4 Concept alive in the production model, with the most noticeable differences being the normal-looking tires and the redesigned grille.

The Vitara may also sound familiar because Suzuki has used the name before on a very similar model that was phased out in 2005. Except, where the old Vitara likely would have competed with today’s Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki has shrunk the model to compete in a more compact segment. Now, the current Suzuki SX4 S-Cross fills the role of Qashqai competitor, with the Grand Vitara slotting even above that.

At the time of the iV-4 Concept’s debut, Suzuki said that the future production model would be “an SUV for the present day: light in weight and boasting among the lowest CO2 emissions in its class.”

Unfortunately, we still don’t know very much about the new Suzuki Vitara. However, what we do know lives up to Suzuki’s hype… It will likely be offered with a 1.6L petrol or diesel engine, both of which should be able to achieve class-leading fuel economy. For the more off-road inclined drivers, Suzuki will offer the Vitara with the same ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive system seen in the SX4 S-Cross.

Of course, as we all know, the Nissan Juke didn’t break open the compact crossover market segment on fuel efficiency alone – it had the looks and the fun-factor to go along with it. Suzuki is looking to take their own spin on the conventional compact crossover by making their offering more customizable than the competition. Thus, each Vitara will be available with a number of trim and color customizations, which we’re excited to learn more about at the Paris reveal.

Even though at first glance it appears that Suzuki’s new compact crossover inherits a lot from their current and past products, the fact is that the 2015 Vitara will be built on a totally new platform that’s expected to underpin a number of future models.

If you’d like to see more of the new Suzuki Vitara, you can either wait for the premiere in October, or you can whet your appetite with the teaser video below:

New Infiniti ESQ Luxury Crossover to Launch in China

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Today Infiniti released their first teaser images of a brand-new luxury crossover they’re planning to launch exclusively in the Chinese market. It’s called the Infiniti ESQ, and CEO Johan De Nysschen described it to our friends at Jalopnik as an “irreverent lifestyle car for the hedonistic rebel.”

Are you getting excited yet? You should be; it’s not very often that we get a brand-new Infiniti to talk about completely out of the blue.

Infiniti ESQ Grille

Unfortunately, this new Infiniti ESQ luxury crossover isn’t actually a new vehicle… At least, not by the strictest definition of the word. Instead, it’s essentially a rebadged, premium-spec Nissan Juke NISMO.

If you’re anything like me, the thought of a rebadged Infiniti isn’t very appealing. After all, it seems like a rip off at first glance, and we’re not the only ones who feel that way. So, why is Infiniti risking their brand’s image with this endeavor?

Glad you asked. There are three reasons, actually.

First, De Nysschen importantly notes that China is home to the largest youth premium market in the world, and it’s getting bigger every year. There’s a big reward for building a brand presence there.

Second, the Nissan juke isn’t available in China anyways, so it’s not like they’re double-dipping.

Finally, Infiniti has already been considering a new “youth-oriented premium compact” for larger international markets. The new Infiniti ESQ is essentially an experiment to test the market’s response to this kind of car before they “sink a fortune into an untried concept.”

Infiniti ESQ Wheels

Looking through the images that Infiniti has provided for us, there are a few key features that distinguish the Infiniti ESQ from the ‘normal’ Nissan Juke NISMO. The Juke’s V-motion grille has been replaced in favor of a wavy mesh grille that’s much more becoming of an Infiniti. As you might expect, snazzy ESQ and Infiniti badging can be found throughout the design, and the Juke’s 18-inch 10-spoke NISMO wheels have been chrome-finished.

We don’t actually have any images of the new Infiniti ESQ’s interior other than the below image of the crossover’s dash. From the looks of it, it’s identical to the Juke NISMO’s dash save for the Infiniti logo on the steering wheel. Still, we assume that the interior’s materials/colors/tech. have all received minor upgrades to help the ESQ feel like a more refined version of its purely performance-oriented counterpart.

Infiniti ESQ Dash

Whatever your feelings are about cross-brand badging, hopefully you can appreciate the new Infiniti ESQ for what it is – an experiment that could lead to something bigger down the road. Either way, we’re willing to bet that there are plenty of young, hedonistic Chinese drivers who are ready and willing to fork over plenty of Yen for one of these new luxury crossovers.

New Nissan Pulsar Revived to Compete with Europe’s Hatchbacks

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Starting this fall, Nissan will be ready to compete with Europe’s best-selling C-segment hatchbacks. This is because they’ve just pulled the curtains off their revived Nissan Pulsar, a car the world hasn’t seen since 2000. However, this new European offering will come back to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus.

Check it out for yourself below:

2014 Nissan Pulsar front

As you can see, the new Nissan Pulsar fits right in with the rest of the Japanese automaker’s lineup complete with its signature V-motion grille. It’s designed to slot below the Qashqai and X-Trail/Rogue, and it’s built on the same CMF2 modular architecture as the two larger SUVs. Other noteworthy design similarities include the boomerang-shaped LED headlights and the curvature of the front clip and wheel wells.

2014 Nissan Pulsar rear

With the exterior out of the way, let’s talk about the part of the new Nissan Pulsar you can’t see – what’s under the hood. Nissan has adopted a policy of efficiency with their latest vehicles, and that trend continues here with a relatively low-displacement engine range. However, what the engines lack in size they make up for with technology; each and every engine option includes a turbocharger. As for the actual stats, you’ll find that the three engine options closely mirror those available in the Qashqai:

  1. 1.2 liter DIG-T (direct injection turbo) petrol engine with 113hp
  2. 1.5 liter dCi (direct common-rail injection) diesel engine with 110hp
  3. 1.6 liter DIG-T petrol engine with 187hp, although this one won’t join the range until early 2015.

Thanks to the sheer efficiency of the engine range, the Nissan Pulsar is able to achieve CO2 outputs below 95g/km at every level. But, the technology used in the Pulsar’s powertrain is only the tip of the iceberg… There are even more techy features inside.

2014 Nissan Pulsar trunk

Chief among them is Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield technology suite, a collection of systems that “combine to offer a fully comprehensive ‘safety net’ for drivers.” These include Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, and Lane Departure and Blind Spot Warning.

The revived Nissan Pulsar will also offer the longest wheelbase in Europe’s C-segment at 2,700mm, or 8.8 feet. This translates into massive trunk space and an extremely spacious cabin. In fact, Nissan boasts that the 692mm of rear knee room is “more spacious than many D-segment offerings.” Unfortunately, one area in which the Japanese car maker has fallen down again is in the sheer blandness of the styling. There is no classic shape (like the Golf), nor any sense of excitement and innovation (such as you see in Citroen’s latest design). It’s destined to chug a long as a solid choice, but is unlikely to capture the hearts and minds of most consumers.

Unfortunately, as of right now it doesn’t look like the Nissan Pulsar will ever be available outside of Europe. The new hatchback will be manufactured in Nissan’s Barcelona factory, and will likely go on sale in the fall for something around 15,000 pounds, or about $25,000 at today’s exchange rates.

If you’d like to see a bit more of the new Nissan Pulsar, you can watch a short promo video for it below:

Geneva Motor Show: 2015 Nissan Juke & Juke NISMO RS

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is in full swing, so we’ve got a jam-packed week of automotive news in front of us. With that in mind, let’s skip the introduction and jump right into the newest Japanese cars to make their premiere. Today, we’re looking at Nissan and the two most important cars they brought to the show:

The ‘New’ Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke at Geneva Show 2014

Nissan’s ‘New Juke’ is set to go on sale in June, and this is the European spec’ production model. Don’t like the color? Don’t worry – this Juke was developed with personalization in mind. In fact, Nissan started their R&D for the new Juke with their fans in mind; they polled Juke drivers to find the most common areas where it lacked, and they made a point of fixing those issues in the new model.

So, what changed?

Surprisingly, after all the hype with concealed images, the exterior aesthetics of the 2015 Nissan Juke remain largely the same. The biggest change is a new sunroof – one of the customer requests – which retracts over the top of the car.

The headlights and taillights have also been modified, along with the updated Nissan-style grille. The bumper has been slightly smoothed out, but again, nothing major. Perhaps coolest of all are the new 18-inch alloy wheels with color accents. The accents are actually separate inserts, which can be altered to fit your preference. The same is true of the side mirrors and side sills, as well as much of the interior. The front-wheel drive models also get an enlarged trunk.

Under the hood there’s more significant change — the new Nissan juke gets an all-around more efficient engine with cleaner emissions. It’s a 113bhp 1.2L turbocharged petrol that actually outputs more torque than its 1.6L predecessor. The 1.5L diesel and 1.6L petrol will also be carried over to the new model, but their emissions have been significantly lowered.

Nissan Juke NISMO RS

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

We were really impressed by the new Nissan Juke NISMO RS; it looks incredible. It takes all the bubbly quirkiness of the regular Juke and hones it down to something simultaneously bolder and more refined. This new NISMO RS model will top the line for the Juke as the most expensive trim package in the lineup. But, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Specifically, the new Juke NISMO RS gets new boomerang head- and taillights, as well as a new mesh Nissan grille. More importantly, it gets an improved 1.6L turbo that’s 18hp more powerful than the current Juke NISMO.

The compact crossover gets extensive upgrades to the rest of its mechanical innards too, from a new Limited Slip Differential in the front to a tougher CVT, larger brakes and improved springs, along with an all-around stiffer chassis. It also gets a new exhaust, new RS badging, along with Alcantara interior trim and Recaro bucket seats.

All in all, both the 2015 Nissan Juke and the new Nissan Juke NISMO RS look quite impressive. The regular Juke didn’t feature quite as many changes as we were expecting from all the hype, but it will surely sell just as well as its predecessor, if not better. As for the new Juke NISMO RS, it surpassed all expectations. It looks amazing, and we’re sure it’ll be a blast to drive.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned later this week for more Japanese car news!

Top 6 Japanese Cars Coming to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In Europe, the first hours of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show have already passed, and several new cars have already been unveiled. As the rest of the week unfolds, these are the top five Japanese cars to look out for from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show:

#1. Next-Gen Toyota Aygo

We’ve received new teasers of the upcoming Toyota Aygo since our original blog post on the new car. Just remind you, this is the car that was developed in collaboration with French auto group Peugot-Citroen, and it has a distinctly European feel to it as a result. Toyota has gone the extra mile to differentiate their city car from their French partners, however, with the Aygo getting a distinct rear end and window configuration from the Peugot 108 or Citroen C1.

#2. Mazda Hazumi Concept

Mazda Hazumi Concept Geneva Show 2014

This is another car that we’ve received a new teaser for since our original blog post. The concept heralds the new Mazda2 city car, which is actually a common theme throughout the Geneva motor show… Almost every car from Japanese automakers or otherwise is either a city car or a super car. That’s Europe for ya.

In our opinion, the Mazda Hazumi Concept is the single most exciting car to look out for, but that could be our indescribable bias towards Mazda speaking.

#3 & #4. New Nissan Juke & GT-R NISMO

Nissan is actually bringing two new vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show this year, although the Nissan GT-R NISMO is only making its European debut, not its worldwide one. As for the new Nissan Juke, we wrote about it here, and since then Nissan has continued to release more and more teasers through social media participation. The latest image to be teased is pictured below, this one revealing a possible sunroof:

#5 & #6. Lexus RC F Sports Coupe & GT3 Racing Concept

Lexus RC 350F Sport

Last, but not least, we have the new Lexus RC F SPORT, an extremely appealing sports coupe that’s taken influence from the old Lexus LFA supercar both in technology and design. It looks extremely promising, but if you can believe it, Lexus is actually bringing something even more appealing to go along with it.

We hinted at in our teaser post – it’s the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept (below), and it’s basically a souped-up RC F SPORT coupe with shimmering holographic decals and a huge rear spoiler, along with several other performance enhancements. And it has real-world application too; Lexus plans to race the RC F GT3 in the Japanese Super GT Series later this year.

Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept

All in all, there’s a lot to look forward to from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for in-depth coverage of all the sweetest new Japanese cars from Europe’s biggest automotive event of the year.

Nissan Slow Rolls the New Nissan Juke Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 28th, 2014

Nissan Juke Geneva Show 2014

To build hype for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Nissan has released a single, vague teaser photo of their new Nissan Juke. At first glance, the photo doesn’t give us very much insight into the upcoming debut. In fact, it looks more like a Persian rug. However, with a bit of in-depth examination, our image processing scientists have been able to form a more accurate picture of Nissan’s redesigned B-segment crossover.

Before we go any further, though, let’s make sure you know exactly what we’re comparing the teaser to. Below you’ll find an up-to-date picture of the 2014 Nissan Juke:

2014 Nissan Juke

As you may know, the Nissan Juke originally launched back in 2010, and since then it has gained an avid following especially among European drivers. A highly advanced powertrain, excellent drivability, an above-average interior and, most importantly, a distinctly alluring aesthetic have all helped make the Juke one of the most beloved new cars, Japanese or otherwise, of the past decade.

So, what does Nissan want to do with the new Nissan Juke?

According to the press release, Nissan is promising “even more striking design, improved efficiency and enhanced refinement,” as well as, “advanced technology and greater practicality.” At the risk of setting the bar too high, it sounds like the new Juke will be better in every way than the outgoing model.

Nissan has also added an interesting twist to this teaser. In an ingenious marketing move, the Japanese automaker will allow its fans to “interact with Nissan on social media to ‘earn’ and ever clearer glimpse of the exciting new crossover.”

In other words, as people retweet/like/share Nissan’s content on their respective social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Nissan will offer more and more information about the new Juke.

Today, just one day after the original image, Nissan has already gotten enough social action to warrant a second teaser. This one showcases the rear of the vehicle, something which was completely obscured in the first image.

Between the two teaser images, we can glean a couple important points about the new Nissan Juke…

First, it appears that most of the aesthetic changes will be to the front and rear of the vehicle. The crossover’s side profile as seen in the first teaser looks largely identical to the 2014MY. However, those changes to the front and rear will make the car even more distinct, even more aggressive, than its current design. Already we can see enlarged wheel arches, plus a more muscular rear bumper and taillight configuration.

As far as powertrains go, the current Juke features a 1.6L four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine paired with a CVT (although a manual transmission is available with FWD-only). This is actually a pretty advanced engine for a non-premium brand, so we expect even more from the new Nissan Juke next week.

If you’d like to learn more, we recommend that you keep yourself tuned into Nissan’s various social profiles. They’re sure to unveil more of the Nissan Juke before the car makes its premiere next week. However, we’ll cover the car in full once it’s been unveiled, so you can also just stay tuned until then.

2015 Nissan Juke Spied in Testing Ahead of Geneva Debut

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

We all know that the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is later this week, but this story is one that we just had to get in on, even though it’s about a car we won’t see for at least another month. In fact, that’s precisely why we’re covering it now – we’ve just seen unofficial spyshots of the 2015 Nissan Juke, and we wanted you to be the first to know.

Apparently, the spy photos were taken while the new Nissan Juke was doing some live testing around Spain’s Jerez Circuit. The next Nissan Juke isn’t slated to go on sale until sometime in June, so this is actually a pretty big leak. The car is scheduled to make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March.

So, what’s new in next year’s version of the ever-popular Nissan Juke?

Well, honestly, not all that much. At least from what we can tell right now. For comparison, here’s the 2014 Nissan Juke as it stands right now:

Nissan Juke 2013

It’s hard to see any noteworthy changes. But they’re there.

For starters, the front bumper has been slightly modified; it’s more pinched in the new version, and also looks like it features some new air intakes and a revised front air dam. In addition, the grille has been reshaped to fit the aesthetic themes we saw in the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept last month in Detroit. That means its smaller and V-shaped.

It also looks like the wheel arches may have been altered in some way, and there may also be some new headlights underneath all that camouflage, although it’s difficult to tell for sure.

From the back, it’s clear from the camouflage that some changes have been made, but again, it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what those changes are. As far as we can tell, it looks as if the rear bumper has been beefed up, possibly with larger taillights and a smaller rear spoiler.

Okay, so maybe this story wasn’t quite as thrilling as we initially made it out to be, but nonetheless, you now know what to expect from the 2015 Nissan Juke. You’ll know even more once the car makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, so stay tuned for the full scoop at that time. Chances are that we’ll also get to see the new Juke NISMO, which should prove more exciting.

Either way, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Japanese car news later this week!