All-new Nissan Juke teased again in an untouched image, giving us our best look yet at the new SUV’s styling
Nissan has teased the next-generation Juke once again, with this un-edited image of a heavily-camouflaged development mule. The Japanese brand’s compact SUV will make its debut on the 3 September, with similarly adventurous styling to the outgoing model. It’ll go on sale late this year, with hybrid technology for the first time.
The outgoing 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 to develop practical, affordable and stylish alternatives. Today, the SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and Volkswagen T-Cross are the Juke’s main rivals.
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Our third official image of the Juke gives us our best look yet at the new SUV’s styling, showing the car’s face and profile in its entirety. It’s adopted a more purposeful stance than its predecessor, borrowing a range of design cues from the larger Nissan Qashqai – such as its deep V-shaped grille and bonnet bulges.
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Other sporty styling updates include 19-inch alloy wheels, a set of flared wheel arches, a more aggressive front bumper design, wider side-skirts and a motorsports-inspired double-bubble roof. The outgoing Juke’s unusual headlights, high-mounted daytime running lights and raked roofline will also be carried over onto the 2020 model.
The new Juke will also address one of the biggest criticisms of the current model: interior space. Nissan says the 2020 model has increased in size over its predecessor, providing more room for the driver and passengers. We also expect the Juke’s boot capacity to increase from 354 litres to around 380 litres – similar to cars like the Volkswagen Golf.
In addition to the exterior redesign, Nissan’s engineers have been getting to grips with the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B platform, which should allow the brand to offer the Juke with hybrid technology. It’s a completely new platform for the SUV, which currently underpins the new Renault Clio and the second-generation Captur crossover.
As a result, the Juke will be one of the first cars in the compact crossover sector available with a plug-in hybrid technology. We expect the powertrain will comprise a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 9.8kWh battery pack, and an electric motor, 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 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.”
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Although mild-hybrid technology is almost certain to play a central role in the next Juke’s engine range, the crossover will also have the option of several conventional internal-combustion engines. Likely options will include a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, with a choice of power outputs.
Elsewhere, spy shots have revealed that the Juke will get a big technology update. The old Juke’s small central infotainment system will be swapped for a larger, high-mounted touchscreen, which should provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 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. Prices for the next-generation Juke are expected to be only marginally more expensive than the outgoing model, starting at around £16,500.
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