Let’s take a brake from Detroit and visit the Brussels Motor Show, where Nissan unveiled a top of the range version of the Juke, called Shiro.
This special version of the popular crossover complements the Juke Kuro unveiled last year. Shiro means white in Japanese, but the car is black, except for the center console which is white. Does that make sense?
So far the center console has only been available in red or grey. The leather wrapped steering wheel, gear lever knob and the edges of the leather seats all feature white stitching while the seats themselves have a double layer feature on the squab and backrest with a white background colour that shows through the perforated leather facing.
On the outside, the Shiro features include dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels, the satin silver finish to the door handles and mirror caps and the glossy B-pillar.
You can have the car with all the engines in the range, including 81kW (110PS) 1.5-litre dCi; 86kW (117PS) normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol; and the turbocharged direct injection petrol 1.6-litre DIG-T which develops 140kW (190PS). All versions are front-wheel drive and are coupled to a five- or six-speed manual transmission depending on the engine.
The Shiro is also very well-equipped, with a list of features including Nissan Connect, colour reversing camera, Intelligent Key with engine start button, heated front seats, Climate Control, automatic wipers and lights, folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass, plus ESP, six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist and three head restraints in the rear.