Reports are getting stronger about the funky Nissan Juke coming with an all-new generation sometime this year – and the seven-year-old subcompact SUV is allegedly being previewed by the Juke e-Power concept at this fall’s Tokyo Auto Show.
The new preview prototype will be inspired by the Gripz concept from 2015, and the radical styling will be joined by an all-new hybrid powertrain inspired by the one inside the Note e-Power subcompact, meaning a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, power generator and inverter. Apparently the Juke e-Power will use electricity generated by the internal combustion engine acting as a supplier for the electric motor. It’s going to be different from other similar models – such as the Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius Prime because it will lack the plug in port.
Apparently the battery will also be very small – about 1/20 the size of the one found inside the Leaf, packaged underneath the front seats. While the Juke e-Power will initially be presented as a concept in Tokyo, it’s believed it will get the green light for series production as well. The Tokyo Auto Show, starting October 28, 2017, will see Nissan present the Z concept as well – allegedly using the 3.0-liter biturbo V6 from the Q60 Red Sport with up to 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-meters) of torque.
Via Car and Driver