The 2nd generation Nissan Juke crossover is set for a reveal during the next 12 months according to car industry insiders. This new Juke will be based on the same platform as the latest Renault Clio, and this means the electrification is also possible. Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve learned so far and make some educated guesses on what this new Nissan Juke might have to offer.
The Current Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke model that we have come to know and love is getting on a little at this point. The Juke was first launched back in 2011, and despite being almost a decade old at this point, it’s only had one major update since it was released. Last year, Nissan celebrated the production of its one millionth Juke at their Sunderland production facility in the UK. A million cars built and sold in just eight years is a significant indicator on the popularity of the Juke, but it’s time for a change.
The Next Generation Juke
Helen Perry is the head of Nissan Europe’s small car marketing division; she recently stated that “The current Juke is in the latter period of its life,” she later added, “For sure, in the next year you’ll hear more about the new Juke.” Because the current Juke is getting on a little, there have been rumours that we may see an all new version soon. It’s anticipated that the new Juke could be revealed sometime in the next 12 months ahead of a launch in 2020.
What Would a New Juke be Like?
The next generation Juke is likely to be underpinned by a variation of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform. This is known as the CMF-B platform, and it currently serves as the basis for the new 5th generation, Renault Clio. If this platform is used, it will open up a patch to electrification possibilities for the Juke. This would most likely be some sort of hybrid option, and according to Nissan, many powertrain options are being considered.
The product planning chief for Nissan Europe is Peter Bedrosian, he recently stated that “People are moving from sedans and hatches into SUV-type vehicles,” he then added “that’s happening globally, not just in Europe,” he went on to say “and on top of that here’s electrification, so it’s a perfect combination.” he concluded by saying “We’re working on several powertrain options at the moment.”
Another critical area for car manufacturers at the moment is driver assistance technology. The current Juke is lacking in this area, and it’s only natural to expect the 2nd generation Juke to have the latest versions of features, such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. The engine choices will probably be a range of three and four cylinder petrol and diesel turbocharged power plants. These engines will be paired with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, and there will be front and all wheel variants available.