The current Nissan Juke has been on sale since 2010. During the period, the popular little crossover received several updates, which were mostly cosmetic. This time, however, the automaker prepares a range of changes that will make the successor a lot better from the Juke you know. More precisely, they are working on the second-generation model that will be introduced before the end of this year as the 2020 Nissan Juke.
The redesigned crossover will keep its funky design without any doubt. There will be several important styling changes of course, but basically, Juke’s polarizing shape will stay on board. The new exterior will mostly differ at the ends where the testing prototype already shows new V-motion grille, a set of redesigned headlights, and more aggressive bumper. Also, today’s boomerang-shaped taillights will disappear. Instead, the 2020 Juke will feature the Qashqai-based horizontal lamps.
The spy shots don’t provide anything regarding the cabin, but we suppose the automaker prepares something big. The redesigned dashboard will most probably be matched with carmaker’s latest floating display and the newest multimedia system. In addition, higher trims of the 2020 Nissan Juke will likely exploit semi-autonomous driving technologies.
The cabin could easily get more room. How come? Well, it seems that the prototype gets longer wheelbase. If this happens to be the truth, then the 2020 Juke should offer more spacious rear-end seating. Unfortunately, there will be no drastic changes in the cargo room. No, the crossover will most probably stay handicapped in that sense.
The Japanese automaker will start exploiting the CMF platform that has been made in collaboration with Renault and Mitsubishi. What does it mean? First of all, by using the architecture, Nissan will low-down production expenses, and second, well, the second-generation Juke will get a new “sparkle: under the hood in form of a hybrid powertrain. While I still don’t know the details about the electrified version of the crossover, I do know what’s going to power the regular one:
Judging by the newest reports, the 2020 Nissan Juke will get rid of predecessor’s naturally aspirated engines. Instead, the outlandish compact will use turbo power in form of three- and four-cylinder mills. The entry-level model is going to come paired with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, while the more upscale version should use a 1.3-liter turbo that has been made together with Mercedes-Benz. The automaker will not forget to offer its 1.6-liter turbo, as well as 110-hp 1.5-liter turbodiesel. Most of the new Juke models will come paired with the Xtronic continuously variable transmission. However, I expect to see the entry-point model hooked to the updated six-speed stick. Also, the front-wheel-drive will stay standard, while AWD comes as a more expensive option.
Although the heavy camouflaged prototype doesn’t say that way, the 2020 Nissan Juke will be ready to make its official debut this summer. This means that you can expect the funky compact crossover in dealerships before the end of this year. It’s important to mention that the Japanese car manufacturer is reconsidering to bring the model in North America as well. Sadly, they won’t build the high-performance R variant anymore.