Nissan Unveils Special Edition Juke And Refreshed Versa Ahead Of LA


Nissan keeps its smaller cars relevant with some neat toys and visual upgrades.

We’re less than a week away from the once a year event where automakers, journalists, and fans alike gather under the roof of the Los Angeles Convention Center to see the flashy new models at the LA Auto Show. A handful of automakers are scheduled to debut new models, and one of these is Nissan. While the new Sentra Nismo is at the tiptop of our wish list, Nissan has just released information on two new noteworthy cars, the new Versa Note and a special edition of the Juke CUV.

The latter of the two isn’t the Nismo Juke that we’re obsessed with, but that doesn’t mean that its owners won’t feel special. Built for the fans, the Black Pearl Edition Juke is going to be rare with only 1,250 models slated for production. Only 250 units will go to Canada while the rest will be shipped to US buyers, both of which can opt for either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive configurations. The crossover’s sinister styling will be an echo of a limited edition 1978 280Z using contrasting white trim on the black body. The Black Pearl Edition will feature the same 1.6-liter inline-four as the standard Juke that’s mated to a CVT that mimics the shift patterns of a standard transmission.

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Additionally, the smaller version of Nissan’s smallest car has gotten a refresh that gives it the same face as the rest of Nissan's sedan lineup. The signature V Motion grille makes an appearance here along with the rear fascia from the Versa Note SR. Complimenting this change is two new available colors, Monarch Orange or Deep Blue Pearl (Nissan has a thing for Pearls apparently). Minor interior enhancements take customer demands into account by enlarging the cup holders, adding another 12v outlet, and the relocation of a 12v outlet and accompanying USB input to the center console. We’ll see these two models in the metal at the LA Auto Show alongside two new models set to be released on the 15th and 16th of this month.