Some say it will be replaced by the larger, front-wheel-drive-only Kicks.

Two sources close to Nissan have told The Truth About Cars the Juke’s days are numbered in North America as the funky crossover will be axed. It’s going to happen after the 2017 or 2018 model year to make room in the company’s lineup for the Kicks. Some will see this as good news considering the Juke’s unusual design. The Kicks adopts a more mainstream appearance that’s likely going to be generally accepted by targeted audience.

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In addition, the Kicks’ trunk is bigger than that of the Juke while the wheelbase is 81 millimetres longer, so it’s going to provide more legroom for passengers sitting in the back. On the flip side, the love/hate crossover with its polarizing styling can be had with an optional all-wheel drive layout whereas the Kicks comes strictly in a FWD flavour, at least for the time being. It remains to be seen whether that will matter a great deal for people shopping in this segment.

As to what will power the U.S.- and Canada-spec Nissan Kicks, it’s too early to tell. The naturally aspirated 1.6-litre gasoline engine in the Brazilian version pumps out 112 horsepower, but the North American model will likely get a beefier turbocharged unit — presumably the Juke’s 1.6-litre mill with 188 hp.

The Kicks' rumoured arrival in North America doesn’t come as a big surprise taking into account a camouflaged prototype was spotted with Michigan plates a year ago. Built in Mexico and Brazil, the Kicks is set to become a global model and will eventually be sold in more than 80 countries, with the United States and Canada likely being one of them.

It will be interesting to see whether the Kicks will effectively replace the Juke or it will be sold alongside the quirky crossover as a cheaper, yet more practical alternative with a conventional design. Let’s keep in mind the Juke is expected to make the transition towards a second generation either by the end of this year or early 2018.

Source: The Truth About Cars

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