NISSAN’S latest baby is getting a sporty make-over.
The new Wearside-built Nissan Juke Nismo will make its global debut at the world’s most famous race, the Le Mans 24 hour this weekend.
Previously revealed as a concept at the Tokyo and Geneva International Motor Shows, this is the first glimpse of the new model which will hit the road early next year.
The building of the vehicle at Washington only further reinforces the success of the Wearside plant, which is a world leader in car production.
The Nismo brand has been developed by Nissan’s motorsport and personalisation division in Japan and the latest model boasts a more dynamic and powerful design.
Andy Palmer, executive vice-president Global Product Planning, said: “The introduction of Juke Nismo further cements our dedication to provide innovation and excitement for everyone.
“The Juke, with its radical design and pioneering attitude, is the natural choice to be one of the first Nissan models to receive the mythical performance and distinctive design treatment from our Nismo specialists.”
The car has been redesigned both inside and out with lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler.
The Juke Nismo will go on sale in Europe early next year, followed by Japan and the US.
The Juke is the first of the Nismo range to go on sale. Nissan has also developed a Nismo version of the Leaf, the world’s first all-electric racing car which received its first public outing at last year’s Le Mans, but there is no word yet on whether Sunderland will build the model when it begins Leaf production next year.