The Juke first arrived in UK showrooms at the end of September 2010. We'd seen it trailed before at various motor shows, drawing its styling influence from the Qazana show car. Nissan had paved the way for it to a certain extent, with the Qashqai having enjoyed three years of strong sales, developing the market for compact urban crossovers. Built at Nissan's Sunderland plant, the Juke instantly seemed right for its domestic market. It was compact, it handled well and it had a personality all of its own.
At launch, the range consisted of a 1.5 dCi diesel, offered with front-wheel drive and a choice of either a manual or CVT transmission. If you wanted a petrol engine, you either chose a normally-aspirated front wheel drive car, again with the same transmission choice, or a turbocharged 1.6 with either a six speed manual driving the front wheels or a CVT that sent drive to all four tyres. The model line-up followed Nissan's established Visia, Acenta and Tekna lines. Sport and Premium packs were also offered on the Acenta trims.
In late 2010, Nissan offered an upgraded Eibach suspension kit for the Juke, while in late 2011, it unveiled the Juke R, an ultra-short run special based on some of the mechanicals of the mighty GTR. Kuro, Shiro and Ministry of Sound special editions were also offered. At the start of 2013, a Nismo edition was launched, boosting the 1.6-litre DIG-T engine from 190PS to 200PS. In June of that year, the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine was tweaked slightly to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The revised Juke was finally shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.