Fresh news on long-awaited Nissan Juke crossover confirms we'll get to see it 'in the next year'
The long wait for the next Nissan Juke is nearing its end, and Auto Express has heard that the second-generation version of Nissan’s big-selling small crossover will be revealed at some point in 2019.
Recently, Nissan Europe 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.”
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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, and a hybrid Clio has been confirmed.
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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 likely retain key Juke cues, such as the high-mounted headlights and distinct wheel-arch blisters, but it will incorporate the new Nissan “face” seen on the latest Qashqai. 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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