Japanese Nissan is getting all braced up to introduce the successor to the popular Nissan Juke. The next generation crossover is expected to flaunt a unique and sporty look just like the ongoing Juke, but will come with an all-new radical styling which will mark it as an entirely new model despite its typical Juke appeal.
The next generation Nissan Juke crossover supermini has been designed at the Japanese car maker’s London studio. It is expected to make its world premiere in an upcoming auto show within this year, while it will be hitting the production line in 2019.
In a recent interview with an auto journal, Nissan’s global design head Alfonso Alba said that the second generation Juke does not look much like its predecessor. And it also doesn’t look like the IMx electric crossover concept which was showcased at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. He also added that it also doesn’t even have design similarities with the new-gen Leaf EV. The next-gen Juke is an urban meteor with a very mean attitude, he added.
There was a rumour that the next-gen Nissan Juke had been reviewed and went back to be redesigned, which Albaisa promptly negated, saying that the model was never sent back and will be unveiled soon. He wondered at how such a rumour was created and said that that the new model is really cool.
The first generation Nissan Juke was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and really enhanced the demands for the supermini crossovers in Europe. The Juke’s sales crossed over 100,000 units per year in Europe on 4 occasions in its life cycle, and the car’s design is thought to be one of the primary reasons behind its popularity.
Albaisa said that the first-gen Nissan Juke was a unique product in its class, as no other model looked like it and despite its polarizing look it became a huge success. Thus, the second model couldn’t be an evolutionary one retain its very distinctive appeal, but then still be unmistakably a Juke, thus, the job was much tougher.
The new generation Juke crossover is expected to be based on an extended version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s V platform, which also underpins the Renault Clio and Nissan Micra. Instead of the familiar naturally aspirated petrol mills, the next-gen Juke crossover would get powered 898 cc 3-cylinder and 1197 cc 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines similar to the current-gen Qashqai and Micra, offering power ranging between 89 bhp and 114 bhp. The new Juke is also expected to come in its diesel avatar as well, which might get powered by a 1.5 litre oil burner that is good to deliver a max power output of 109 bhp. The unique crossover model will also come equipped with a four-wheel drive system, but that is expected to be offered only in the higher automatic variants.
Albaisa didn’t reveal the new-gen Nissan Juke’s unveiling timeline. Considering that the first-gen Juke with its off-beat has been such a massive success, it is likely that the second-gen model with its radical new design will be kept a well guarded secret till its global premiere.