Nissan continues its obsession with turning their cars into snowmobiles with yet another concept vehicle with tracks instead of wheels.
Last February, we introduced the Nissan 370ZKi concept, 370Z that was fitted out with skis in the front and tracks in the back so it could zoom across a snow-covered mountainside. It was fun and exciting and totally something that Nissan would do, so we were all on board.
We didn’t think it would turn into an obsession.
Nissan has now announced they’ll be bringing a customized Nissan Juke to the Tokyo Auto Salon that continues their love affair with snow.
You might not remember the Juke as it was discontinued in North America in 2017. Powered by a 1.6-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, the Juke got about 188 hp and 177 lb-ft, which isn’t particularly impressive but it was a tiny crossover so it still outclassed anything in the affordable subcompact crossover class (of which there are admittedly very few entrants).
Falling sales eventually killed the Juke after 6 years, but the bulbous little crossover is still a popular choice in other parts of the world, including its native Japan.
So why the tracks? We’re not sure. It could be because Nissan had already created a snowmobile Juke concept back in 2015 called the Juke NISMO RSnow and Nissan execs just forgot about it and asked them to make a new one. Or it could be an updated version of the RSnow. We’ll know more when the concept is revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
What we do know is that this year’s version is called the Juke Personalization Adventure Concept, and it has some pretty bangin’ wheel fenders over the original Juke. It’s also got some tow hooks, killer neon green accents, and a roof rack that looks big enough to carry anything from snowboards to a recently killed moose corpse.
The crazy snowmobile Juke isn’t all that Nissan is bringing to the Tokyo Auto Salon. The Japanese carmaker is also going to debut a customized GT-R made in collaboration with Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, as well as tuned NISMO and Autech versions of the Leaf, Note, and Serena minivan.