The latest rumor in the mill points towards the upcoming second generation of the small crossover that started the segment’s crazily increasing sales – the Nissan Juke.
The report puts the next generation of the subcompact SUV on the verge of getting a green powertrain as an option, and we’re talking here about a range-extended electric option. Details are less than obvious for now, with the authors of the report claiming the company will deliver the model with the all new Pure Drive e-Power system that makes use of a smallish petrol mill and mates it to an electric motor and battery pack inspired by the ones found in the all electric Leaf. The total output is thought to reach 107 bhp (80 kW) and 187 lb-ft (254 Nm) of torque. Naturally those more traditional will also have their versions to choose from, as the regular Juke will most likely be delivered with a wide range of four-cylinder engines – such as the flagship turbocharged 1.6-liter powerplant churning out 217 bhp (162 kW) and 191 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque.
The Japanese company on its part has remained mum on the case of the upcoming Juke and the report further states the new generation would employ elements inspired by the fresh Gripz concept. While we can’t call the Juke a tame proposal to begin with, the prototype’s wildest elements will not carry over, though we’re rooting for the massive V-Motion grille – with the upcoming new Juke reportedly scheduled to become official in 2016 using the CMF-B platform that would also be used for the coming Micra and Renault Clio.