Nissan’s 2017 Juke Black Pearl Edition shows off customization possibilities

The Nissan Juke crossover offers one option you probably won’t find on most other cars. The Juke Color Studio allows buyers to mix and match exterior and interior trim to create funky color combinations. To demonstrate the possibilities of this perk, Nissan will debut a special edition Juke next week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition has nothing to do with Pirates of the Caribbean. Rather, it’s named after a special edition of the 280Z sports car from 1978. It features a black exterior with white accents, a pattern that continues on the interior with a white center console and other white trim pieces on mostly black surfaces. It’s the automotive equivalent of one of those tuxedo T-shirts.

Like most Juke models, the Black Pearl is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is mandatory on the Black Pearl Edition, although buyers do get to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Nissan also offers sporty Juke NISMO models, but these don’t get the Black Pearl treatment.

The Black Pearl Edition is based on the Juke SV trim level, which is one step up from the base model. It’s a $1,190 option on top of the $22,550 starting price for a 2017 Juke SV with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive models start at $24,400). Black Pearl production is limited to 1,250 units, including 1,000 for the U.S., and 250 for Canada. That doesn’t necessarily make the Black Pearl a valuable collectible but, if you buy one, you’ll certainly stand out.

Nissan has a handful of debuts planned for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to the Juke Black Pearl Edition, it will show a special edition of the updated 2017 Rogue that ties in with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (because the The Force is strong with this pun). Alongside the two special editions, Nissan will unveil the updated 2017 Versa Note hatchback, and a fourth mystery model.

Digital Trends will be on the ground in L.A. next week, so stay tuned for more auto show coverage.

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