The Nissan Juke is toning down its wild and wacky demeanor and bringing out its Sunday best. Making its debut at the Los Angeles auto show next week is the 2017 Juke Black Pearl Edition, which will be limited to 1000 units for the U.S. and 250 for Canada.
It’s no 600-hp Juke R, but the Black Pearl is a nicely styled offering for somebody who likes the individuality of the Juke but would prefer a slightly more formal-looking treatment. The third car to come out of the Juke Color Studio after the Yellow Stinger and the Black Stinger, it is meant to show off the various ways you can customize the vehicle.
The Black Pearl name harks back to the blacked-out look of a special 1978 Datsun 280Z. Nissan says the special edition “embraces the spirit of every Nissan Z, combining bold styling with dynamic performance.” The Z, though, didn’t have the white accents that are the key feature of the Juke Black Pearl. White touches have been sprinkled on the front and rear bumpers, the headlight surrounds, the side mirrors, the door handles, and the rear spoiler. It gives off quite a tuxedo vibe. The Black Pearl package also includes exclusive Super Black 17-inch aluminum wheels with 215/55R-17 all-season tires.
Inside is not as posh: The black seats are cloth, although they’re heated and have white inserts and stitching. You’ll also find white accents on the door panels, the center console, the steering-wheel stitching, the air vents, and the shift knob. Some leather or suede might have been a dressier touch.
The Black Pearl package costs $1190 on top of $23,490 for the front-wheel-drive or $25,340 for the all-wheel-drive SV model. The model uses the Juke’s standard 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which makes 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque while earning EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/32 mpg highway for the front-drive version and 26/30 mpg in all-wheel-drive form. Nissan will be showing this car alongside a refreshed Versa Note, a Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition, and a NISMO product, rumored to be a Sentra, at the L.A. show.