Built on Nissan's Global B-Car Platform, the Juke will be among the smallest offerings in its segment. Despite that, it offers a high seating position for a commanding view of the road that's so popular in SUVs and crossovers, along with seating for five. More importantly, the Juke's key interior features have carried over to production. The motorcycle gas tank-inspired center console remains and is even painted, not just colored plastic. Above it, the Integrated Control System (I-CON) also remains. The system assigns two vastly different functions to the same controls depending on what mode you're in. In climate mode, the controls adjust the temperature, fan and other settings. Click it over to drive mode (D-MODE) and the controls re-label themselves and now adjust the vehicle's settings, allowing you to choose between Normal, Sport and Eco settings for the engine, CVT transmission and power steering.

To be class competitive, the Juke comes with a host of standard features. Steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, iPod connections, a six-speaker stereo and 60/40 flat-folding rear seats are all included. Key options include auto headlights, leather, navigation, a back-up camera, moon roof, heated seats, and an upgraded Rockford Fosgate stereo with a sub woofer and optional XM Satellite Radio and USB port.

There's no arguing that the Juke will be a very unique entry when it hits the market. The nothing-else-like-it style and compact size have the potential to be big selling points or major turn-offs depending on the buyer, but on paper, it's a perfect fit. Though it would've been the smallest entry in our recent compact crossover comparison, the Juke has all the specifications necessary to run head-to-head with the pack. Does it deliver in the real world? We'll have to get the gang together again and find out.

2011 Nissan Juke
Base price $25,000 (MT est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine Engines 1.6L/180-hp (est)/170-lb-ft (est) turbocharged, direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmissions 6-speed manual, continuously variable auto
Curb weight 3500 lbs (MT est)
Wheelbase 99.6 in
Length x width x height 162.4 x 69.5 x 61.8 in
0-60 mph 9.0 sec (MT est)
On sale in U.S. Fall 2010