New design, platform, and powertrains for the SUV hit
While we haven’t seen spy photos of the next generation Nissan Juke, it’s safe to say the Japanese company is already working on the model. AutoExpress says the new Juke will reach the market before the end of next year, and we are tempted to believe the magazine, as the current model has been on the market for roughly six years now.
A quick look at the little SUV’s sales figures shows it’s an exceptionally important model for the brand, as it still sells more than 100,000 copies worldwide annually. This being said, don’t expect a revolutionary approach – the shape and size of the car will be identical, while key elements like the high-mounted headlights will be retained.
More important changes will occur under the skin, where Nissan will use a brand new platform – Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family chassis technology, called the CMF-B. In fact, the new Juke will be the second model for the brand to use it, as it will make a debut in the next generation Micra.
New architecture means new technologies, and the Juke is expected to receive a 1.0-litre three-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engine as a base option. Other motors include a revised version of the current 1.5-litre dCi diesel, and a 1.6 turbocharged gasoline unit.
The big surprise will be the integration of a hybrid system, based on a range-extender powertrain. This has been confirmed by Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura, who told AutoExpress that “it is very tough to meet our emissions requirements without hybrid” and a hybrid is “almost mandatory.”
Note: 2017 Nissan Juke rendering by OmniAuto pictured.