The second-generation Nissan Juke has finally been caught by our spy photographers, just weeks after Nissan confirmed to Auto Express that a replacement for the brand’s decade-old compact crossover would emerge at some point in 2019.
These spy shots reveal that while Nissan will drastically alter the model’s underpinnings with a new platform, the exterior design and dimensions of the brand’s popular SEAT Arona rival won’t change too drastically.
The existing Juke still sells well, with over 100,000 examples finding homes globally each year but with new rivals emerging all the time an update on the winning formula is needed. Previously, Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura revealed the next generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream”, but acknowledged that it would still be recognisable as a Juke.
The Juke’s interior is set for a major overhaul, potentially taking its lead from the next Nissan Micra. Nissan looks to improve on quality, with a range of soft-touch plastics, higher-grade fabrics and materials, and an improved central infotainment display across the range, complete with smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Juke’s cabin will also get a wider range of personalisation options, including different colours and finishes on the facia highlights.
The move to the new CMF-B platform will open up the Juke to a new range of engines. Options include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol that’s likely to be the range-topper, with an output of around 190bhp.
Nissan has also hinted that the next Juke could get a hybrid variant, using a range-extender powetrain that debuted on the sporty Gripz concept at the 2016 September Frankfurt Motor Show. When asked if the new Juke would feature a form of electrification, Nakamura told us: “It is very tough to meet our emissions requirements without hybrid. It is almost mandatory.” More recently, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan announced plans to electrify its next-generation crossvers and SUVs. As a big seller, the Juke would be an ideal launch pad for these next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles.