Nissan Juke Nismo is a supped up Juke that is available in most corners of the world. China doesn’t belong in those corners because they have their own tastes. Many automakers facelift their models specifically for the Chinese market. Nissan is catering to the Chinese as well by renaming the Juke Nismo into Infiniti ESQ. They literally slapped on Infiniti badges on the front and rear, and replaced the grill. It’s more of a face transplant than a facelift. The inside hasn’t been altered either, but the trim is Infiniti-ESQ with high-quality leather all around.

What Nissan is doing is badge engineering at its finest, similar to what GM did a few decades ago. The only difference is Nissan wouldn’t dare to sell the ESQ anywhere but China (where the Juke isn’t available). It’s also worth noting that the ESQ is based on the current Juke, not the facelifted one scheduled to debut in 2015.

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo vs 2014 Infiniti ESQ
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