The Nissan Juke is an odd crossover; it is a love it or hate it affair. And no matter how Nissan tried to bank it, the Nissan Juke never got the attention it wanted from the public. Well, there may be a new version on the horizon, which called the BRZ/FR-S. The name sounds familiar? We got a kick out of the name as well, which came from the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S.
According to Motor Trend, Nissan said that it is working on its sports coupe to compete with the Toyota FR-S and Subaru BRZ, and that is how the name arrived.
The original Nissan competitor was the revive of the Nissan 240SX, but somehow that project got canned due to the poor economy and the high gas prices. However, Nissan had another model in mind, which it debuted at the Compact Sport Concept at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show. The concept model looks similar to the Nissan Juke but only a bit shorter and more compact.
As we know, the Nissan Juke-based BRZ/FR-S will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing roughly about 190 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, but has a wider torque range than the Toyota FR-S and Subaru BRZ. Also, it will be equipped with the Xtronic CVT-M6 transmission to provide smooth and sporty driving in a 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control.
The new Nissan Juke-based BRZ/FR-S will initially market to China, Japan and Europe instead; and North American market would be considered later.