New 2020 Nissan Juke set for hybrid tech and funky look

The new Nissan Juke is set to boast hybrid technology, and maybe even a pure EV. Our exclusive images preview how it could look

After nearly 10 years on sale, the ageing Nissan Juke is finally set to be replaced, with a new car that embraces hybrid tech. The next-generation model (previewed in our exclusive images) will arrive early next year.

The Juke is widely considered to be the car that kick-started the compact crossover frenzy back in 2010. Since then, the model’s popularity has prompted every rival manufacturer to develop practical, affordable and stylish alternatives. The SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and Volkswagen T-Cross are its main competition.

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While all of those cars are relatively new to the market, the Juke will be entering its second generation. Nissan’s engineers have already been putting prototypes through their paces in Europe ahead of the model’s official unveiling later this year. The latest spy shots clearly show that the next Juke will retain the current car’s distinctive look, with its compact proportions, sloping roofline and raised ride height.

Our exclusive images preview how the finished model could look; a more chiselled front end and slimmer LED headlamps will ensure the Juke retains its distinctive face, while the tail-light design is similar to that found on its Micra stablemate.

In addition to the exterior redesign, engineers have been getting to grips with a completely new platform. To allow the brand to quickly and efficiently offer the Juke with hybrid technology, the second-generation crossover will switch to the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B platform that underpins the new Renault Clio and forthcoming, second-generation Captur crossover.

As a result, the Juke will be one of the first cars in the compact crossover sector to be available with plug-in hybrid tech. It’s expected that the powertrain will comprise a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh battery, which should allow the Juke to travel around 20 miles on electric power alone.

Nissan bosses have even hinted that there could be the possibility of a fully electric Juke further down the line, given the increased competition from models such as the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia e-Niro.

Nissan’s European product planning chief Peter Bedrosian told Auto Express: “People are moving from sedans and hatches into SUV-type vehicles – and that’s happening globally, not just in Europe. On top of that there’s electrification, so it’s a perfect combination. We’re working on several powertrain options at the moment.”

Mild-hybrid technology is almost certain to play a role in the next Juke across the engine range, while the Nissan will also have the option of several conventional internal-combustion engines, such as a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.

The new Juke will address one of the biggest criticisms of the current model: passenger space. Its new platform should significantly increase both overall size and wheelbase length, which will add vital millimetres to rear head and kneeroom. It’s also expected that the boot capacity will increase from 354 litres to around 380 litres – a similar amount to that found in a family hatchback such as the VW Golf.

Elsewhere inside, spy shots have also revealed that the Juke will get a big tech update. The small central infotainment system will be swapped for a dash-mounted touchscreen that should give Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. A new suite of safety tech will also appear, including Nissan’s ProPILOT system that enables the car to take control of acceleration, braking and steering when engaged.

Like the current model, the next Juke will be produced at Nissan’s Sunderland facility. Over one million examples have been built at the site since the car’s launch.

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