The small SUV that started the European subcompact crossover craze is approaching the crucial moment of generational change, with a new styling, architecture and powertrains on tow.
The Internet has been oddly barren of any spy shots with the Juke prototypes, but everyone is actually pretty sure Nissan is working on a due successor. It turns out the latest report on the matter is painting a bright picture – with the introduction slated as soon as next year. This could be very well be the case, since the first generation has slowly slipped from its top position as it accumulated years under its belt. About six years since its inception, the model is still very important for the automaker as it brings back home deliveries of 100.000+ units on an annual basis. And because of its success we’re willing to bet Nissan will take an evolutionary approach – with the same basic shape and size, and crucial elements such as the high-mounted headlights still in place.
More importantly, the architecture will be completely new – Nissan is using Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family chassis (CMF-B), which is expected to debut in the Japanese family on the all new Micra. This also brings into question powertrains – with Nissan expected to deploy a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol turbocharged engine as the entry-level, with known friends like the 1.5 dCi and 1.6 gasoline turbo also on the menu. There’s also a surprise – a hybrid version, using a range-extender powertrain. Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said “it is very tough to meet our emissions requirements without hybrid” and a hybrid is “almost mandatory.”