Pulling up to the ferry terminal at Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to form. We’re just waiting for the boat to take us over to the Sunshine Coast, but seemingly everyone has to come and check out our new set of wheels, ask questions and offer their opinion
Nissan has a history of coming up with quirky, provocative crossover-utility vehicles – think Murano or Infiniti FX – and the Japanese maker’s latest offering certainly lives up to that reputation. Based on the same B-car platform as the Versa minicar, the 2011 Nissan Juke is certainly not just another plebian SUV wannabe.
There are the muscular wheel arches and the sloping roof line that is vaguely reminiscent of the little Z-car, at least a Z on steroids. The bubble back could be borrowed from Murano though the Nike swoop-like lights might easily be lifted from one of the Volvo XC models. Then there’s that nose. Everyone has a thought to offer.
Juke’s headlamps aren’t where you’d expect them. A pair of large, clear blisters erupt from the hood and would suggest that the car is using the latest in project lamp technology. But they’re actually just turn signals. The headlamps are mounted in the circles that rise from the bumper, where you might expect foglamps. Those, if your car is so –equipped, are tucked almost out of sight in the lower fascia.