Test drive: Nissan Juke Hybrid, innovative mechanics

Test drive: Nissan Juke Hybrid, innovative mechanics

All Nissan Juke Hybrid starters are 100% electric. (©Philippe Lacroix)

The Juke Hybrid engine is the result of the collective knowledge of all the engineering forces ofRenault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

It includes Nissan’s new 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 94 hp and 148 Nm of torque, and a Nissan electric motor with 49 hp (36 kW) and 205 Nm of torque, resulting in a combined power of 140 hp.

Renault offered a 15 kW high-voltage starter-alternator, an inverter and a 1.2 kWh water-cooled battery, as well as an innovative gearbox. The latter is one of the keys fun driving offered by the Juke Hybrid.

It uses dog clutches instead of conventional synchronization rings to shift the first 2 gears powered by the electric motor and the next 4 gears by the heat engine.

Therefore, the start of the car is 100% electric and 2 electric motors are used together to balance the assembly, providing a smooth and responsive acceleration, without the intervention of the driver.

A real joy to drive

At the wheel of the Juke Hybrid, there is no feeling of skating and the absence of the disturbing noise recognized by the CVT box adopted by the competition.

The feeling is similar to using a very responsive modern automatic gearbox, responding quickly to pedal power or engine braking.

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During deceleration, the electric motor acts as a generator and absorbs kinetic energy, converting it into electricity that is stored in the battery.

In addition, Nissan Juke Hybrid is equipped with The e-Pedal action system which, when activated, allows the vehicle’s progress to be controlled using only the accelerator pedal. When the leg is raised, a moderate stop is used to slow down to a rotation of 5 km/h.

Finally, the drive mode selector (Eco, Normal and Sport) adjusts steering assistance, climate control and accelerator pedal response, but also affects regenerative braking and vehicle load.

Nissan Juke Hybrid.
The Nissan Juke Hybrid has a drive mode selector: Eco, Normal and Sport. (©Philippe Lacroix)

Between 5 and 6 liters per 100 kilometers

All this technology allows the Juke the possibility to switch to 100% electric mode for 80% of urban driving.

It can also reach a speed of up to 55 km / h without intervention from the combustion engine and is also equipped with an “EV” switch that keeps this mode of operation as long as the state of charge of the battery allows it.

At the same time, reducing the use and production of CO2, The Juke has benefited from aesthetic and aerodynamic changes. Therefore, the spoiler above the rear window has been shown again.

In front of the front wheels, the air deflectors have been revised while the rear axle is now the same.

Finally, the hybrid version can claim a consumption of more than 5 liters.

Note that the trunk volume loses 68 liters, as a result of the battery installation, to 354 liters, and up to 1,237 liters with the rear seats folded down.

Philippe Lacroix

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