The Nissan Juke has been a highly successful, yet controversial model in Nissan’s line-up ever since it hit our showrooms in 2010. The car was immediately like marmite, offering funky and quirky styling and filling a very unique spot in Nissan’s line-up. At the time of the release, the Juke didn’t have much competition and proved very popular straight out of the gate. Since then, over 1 million Jukes have been manufactured in the U.K alone.
After 8 years in the showroom and several facelifts, it’s finally time for the second generation, and we could see it debut in the next couple of months.
“It doesn’t look like IMx or new Leaf, either,” Nissan’s global design boss, Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar. “It’s an urban meteor with a nasty attitude.” He also added that its debut was just around the corner.
It’s suspected that the next Juke, will utilise the Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan alliances V-Platform. The platform will be developed to fit the Jukes size, as it currently provides the basis for the Clio and Micra – too small for even a small compact crossover.
The new Jukes power output will be from between 90-115ps with turbo chargers helping to get the most out of the little 0.9-1.2 litre power units. A diesel version could also be on the card, most likely to be a 110ps 1.5 litre engine. The new Juke should also be offered with a four-wheel drive option, a first for the model.
The new Juke is expected to be debuted later this year at one of the major motor shows, with production starting in 2019.