An all-new Nissan Juke is finally on the way, and has been caught on camera ahead of its arrival later this year
The second-generation Nissan Juke has finally been caught by our spy photographers, just weeks after Nissan confirmed to Auto Express that a replacement for the brand’s decade-old compact crossover would emerge at some point in 2019.
These spy shots reveal that while Nissan will drastically alter the model’s underpinnings with a new platform, the exterior design and dimensions of the brand’s popular SEAT Arona rival won’t change too drastically.
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The development mule pictured here is heavily masked but there’s still plenty to see. First and foremost, we can see that the original Juke’s squat shape has been retained, with the bolbous front end, high belt line and rakish rear of the current car translated into the new model.
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Beneath the cladding, we can spy an entirely new face with a front grille similar to the one equipped on the latest-generation Leaf. It’s flanked by new, thin headlights, but the Juke’s distinctive high-placed foglights remain.
Heading towards the car’s rear, the new taillights take on a horizontal design compared to the current car’s vertical-aligned units. The rear door handle stays on the Juke’s C-pillar.
We’ve yet to see the new Juke’s interior, but looking closely at the spy shots reveals a new floating-style touchscreen infotainment system. It could just be a placeholder for this development mule, but we are expecting a major interior and technology overhaul inside the new model.
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Recently, Nissan Europe’s small car marketing boss Helen Perry told Auto Express: “[The current Juke] is in the latter period of its life. For sure, in the next year you’ll hear more about the new Juke.”
The current model is nearly a decade old, having hit roads for the first time in 2010. It’s almost certain that the second-generation Juke will take on a new platform, in the shape of the CMF-B architecture underpinning the recently revealed Renault Clio Mk5 that supports electrification.
Asked if Nissan could go after the success of the Hyundai Kona Electric with a full EV option, Nissan’s European product planning chief Peter Bedrosian said:”People are moving from sedans and hatches into SUV-type vehicles, that’s happening globally, not just in Europe. And on top of that here’s electrification, so it’s a perfect combination. We’re working on several powertrain options at the moment.”
Since its launch in 2011, the original Nissan Juke has been a huge success story for the brand, arguably sparking the market trend of the supermini-SUV. However, in recent years, the Juke has came under pressure from rivals such as the Peugeot 2008 and the Renault Captur, and even premium cars like the Audi Q2, forcing the Japanese brand to revise its formula.
It will improve on the current car in as many ways as possible to tackle its growing list of rivals. Our exclusive images show how the new Juke could grow into a more refined, better quality and more efficient machine.
The existing Juke still sells well, with over 100,000 examples finding homes globally each year but with new rivals emerging all the time an update on the winning formula is needed. Previously, Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura revealed the next generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream”, but acknowledged that it would still be recognisable as a Juke.
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The styling, therefore, will retain key Juke cues, such as the high-mounted headlights and distinct wheel-arch blisters, but it will incorporate the latest Nissan face. Plus, there’ll be a slightly longer wheelbase, as Nissan aims to address one of the main criticisms of the current model; rear legroom.
The Juke’s interior is set for a major overhaul, potentially taking its lead from the next Nissan Micra. Nissan looks to improve on quality, with a range of soft-touch plastics, higher-grade fabrics and materials, and an improved central infotainment display across the range, complete with smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Juke’s cabin will also get a wider range of personalisation options, including different colours and finishes on the facia highlights.
The move to the new CMF-B platform will open up the Juke to a new range of engines. Options include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol that’s likely to be the range-topper, with an output of around 190bhp.
Nissan has also hinted that the next Juke could get a hybrid variant, using a range-extender powetrain that debuted on the sporty Gripz concept at the 2016 September Frankfurt Motor Show. When asked if the new Juke would feature a form of electrification, Nakamura told us: “It is very tough to meet our emissions requirements without hybrid. It is almost mandatory.” More recently, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan announced plans to electrify its next-generation crossvers and SUVs. As a big seller, the Juke would be an ideal launch pad for these next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles.
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