Much to our relief, the 2015 Nissan Juke didn’t suddenly get normal-looking. That’s a rare thing at Nissan these days. But it turns out they want to keep the Juke as the odd crossover out.
In an interview with Automotive News, Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer reaffirmed the Juke’s place in Nissan’s lineup:
You love it or you hate it. You have your mainstream cars — your Versa, Sentra and Altima. But you also need some outliers that really demonstrate the identity of the car company.
This is excellent news in our cause to keep the Juke weird. Audi may be the best example of this, but Nissan isn’t far behind in its ability to make its sedans and crossovers practically indistinguishable from each other. And that’s fine, as long as there are at least a couple cars in the lineup that show a company still has a creative side.
It’s probably helped that the Juke is in a field full of oddly styled vehicles (Buick Encore, Mini Countryman and soon the Jeep Renegade) and that it’s been a decent hit for Nissan. Here’s to many more weird Jukes.