The Nissan's latest Juke compact crossover will make its debut on 3 September, boasting hybrid technology and funky fresh styling
Nissan will launch the next-generation Juke on 3 September, as previewed by this shadowy teaser image. The new car is expected to go on sale in 2020 with prices similar to those of the current model. The outgoing Nissan Juke has been a staple of the Japanese brand’s line-up for almost a decade, and its replacement looks set to adopt similarly adventurous styling, as well as new hybrid technology.
The Nissan Juke is widely considered to be the car which sparked the compact crossover frenzy back in 2010. Since then, the model’s popularity has prompted almost every rival manufacturer to develop practical, affordable and stylish alternatives to compete at the Juke’s size and price point. Today, the SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and Volkswagen T-Cross are the Juke’s main competition.
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The first official image of the Juke shows the front lighting treatment, a long slim headlight and a round daytime running light below – as well as the edge of the grille. Of course, Nissan’s engineers have already been putting prototypes through their paces in Europe ahead of the model’s official unveiling later this year and we’ve seen a number of spy shots clearly showing that the next Juke will retain the current car’s distinctive look, with its compact proportions, sloping roofline and raised ride height.
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Our exclusive images previewing how the finished model could look tally with Nissan’s teaser image. The new compact crossover will retain its distinctive face, albeit with a more chiselled front end, slimmer high mounted LED daytime running lights and tweaked low mounted headlamps. Its tail-light design will likely be similar to that found on its Micra stablemate.
In addition to the exterior redesign, engineers have been getting to grips with a completely new platform. To allow the brand to quickly and efficiently offer the Juke with hybrid technology, the second-generation crossover will switch to the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B platform that underpins the new Renault Clio and forthcoming, second-generation Captur crossover.
As a result, the Juke will be one of the first cars in the compact crossover sector to be available with plug-in hybrid tech. It’s expected that the powertrain will comprise a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh battery, which should allow the Juke to travel around 20 miles on electric power alone.
Nissan bosses have even hinted that there could be a fully electric Juke later in the new model’s life span, given the increased competition from models such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.
Nissan’s European product planning chief Peter Bedrosian told Auto Express: “People are moving from sedans and hatches into SUV-type vehicles – and that’s happening globally, not just in Europe. On top of that there’s electrification, so it’s a perfect combination. We’re working on several powertrain options at the moment.”
Mild-hybrid technology is almost certain to play a role in the next Juke across the engine range, while the Nissan will also have the option of several conventional internal-combustion engines, such as a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.
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The new Juke will also address one of the biggest criticisms of the current model: passenger space. Its new platform should significantly increase both overall size and wheelbase length, which will add vital millimetres to rear head and kneeroom. It’s also expected that the boot capacity will increase from 354 litres to around 380 litres – a similar amount to that found in a family hatchback such as the VW Golf.
Elsewhere, spy shots have also revealed that the Juke will get a big tech update. The old Juke’s small central infotainment system will be swapped for a dash-mounted touchscreen, which should provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. A suite of new safety tech will also appear, including Nissan’s ProPILOT system that enables the car to take control of acceleration, braking and steering when engaged.
Like the current model, the next Juke will be produced at Nissan’s Sunderland facility, which has produced over one million examples since the car’s launch. Sales of the next-generation Juke are expected to commence in 2020.
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