The new 2021 Nissan Juke has been awarded a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, allowing it to arrive in Australia with top safety honours. The vehicle was tested overseas where Euro NCAP also awarded the Juke a five-star safety rating.
The SUV received an excellent score for adult and child occupant protection in the side impact test with 94 per cent and 87 per cent respectively, and 81 per cent for vulnerable road user protection for pedestrians and cyclists. The vehicle also scored a 71 per cent rating for accident avoidance.
“We’re proud of the Juke’s strong performance, and especially proud that so much of Nissan’s advanced safety technology will be offered as standard right across the Juke range,” said Stephen Lester, Managing Director of Nissan Australia. “With intelligent emergency braking that can detect cars, pedestrians and cyclists, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and so much more offered on every model, we’re happy to say that safety is not an optional extra on the all-new Juke.”
The vehicle features several active safety systems including intelligent emergency braking, which warns the driver and applies the brakes if the car anticipates an impact with a vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist. Also included are forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and intelligent lane intervention, with the latter automatically employing the brakes to ease a wandering vehicle back into its lane. The safety systems are all standard across the range.
Nissan says it has also thinned the A-pillars between the windscreen and door frames while maintaining the same strength with the use of ultra-high strength steel. Automatic LED headlights with high beam assist, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent driver alert are also standard.
The 2021 Juke will be available in Nissan dealerships around the middle of the year, with full pricing and specification to be revealed closer to official launch.
Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Nissan 370Z with a special variant.
The limited edition 370Z is powered by a 3.7 litre V6 engine, which outputs 245kW of power and 363Nm of torque. There is also the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters and adaptive shift control.
This special model has the following exterior updates:
- 50th anniversary badging on the rear of the car and the surrounds of the indicators on the front quarter panels;
- White body with red bonnet, a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side of the car, or
- Silver body with black bonnet, a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side of the car;
- Along the side of the car, a thin line runs from the headlight to the rear glass, culminating in a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z;
- Updated 19-inch wheels incorporating red rings
The interior has also received changes including red highlights that add to the premium feel of the cabin. It includes:
- Red leather mesh on the seats with 50th anniversary wreath around the Z logo
- Red stitching on the doors, knee pad, C-cluster and steering wheel, with the steering wheel also adding the red centre mark
- Red highlights on the shift knob and shifter boot, plus 50th anniversary logo
- A 50th anniversary logo on the tachometer
- Dark chrome Z logo on the kick plates, along with a black finisher
“The Nissan 370Z is an iconic car with a strong following in Australia,” said Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia Managing Director. “Since its arrival here we’ve sold almost 22,000 Zs, and this 50th anniversary commemorative edition is sure to attract passionate Z fans and buyers.”
The 50th Anniversary Edition comes with satellite navigation, a seven-inch touch screen infotainment system and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also includes keyless entry, push button start, Bluetooth handsfree phone and cruise control as standard.
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition is on sale now, priced at $53,490 for the manual variant, and $55,990 for the automatic alternative. Both variants are before on-road costs.