The Nissan Juke falls into the crowded subcompact crossover SUV segment. This model has built its identity with controversial styling but more importantly it has fun-to-drive character thanks to its strong and efficient turbocharged engines and sporty handling. It still manages to be a strong seller with more than 100, 000 sold units per year on the global level. That certainly qualifies it to be a very important vehicle for the brand and the new generation of this model will come as the 2018 Nissan Juke.
What will be new:
The arrival of the second-generation Juke will bring improvements on all fronts. The new Juke will transition to the new platform which will enhance powertrain flexibility and efficiency. That means the new range of engine options and possible hybrid version. Styling will also evolve alongside with model’s interior and upgraded technology will round up Juke’s redesign.
The most important aspect of the Juke’s redesign is definitely the new platform. Its current version has been based on the B0 architecture which design dates back to 2002 and has been slow and expensive for production. The new platform is the product of the Nissan-Renault alliance and will be known as the CMF-B platform. It will also underpin the next Micra model. Its modular design will reduce production cost and improve efficiency while will also broad the range of available powertrain options and advanced technology.
2018 Nissan Juke: Styling
When it come to the styling, the current Juke features the design that gets attention but is polarizing. But its eccentric appearance has certainly become a part of model’s identity and why not, one of its advantages. That is why Nissan will be careful with the new 2018 Nissan Juke and won’t make the it unrecognizable. So, the new version will remain edgy but less mainstream, as the design chief Shiro Nakamura said. The model will keep prominent features like high-positioned headlights, muscular fenders, stubby rear end, etc. On other hand, it will adopt the new brand’s design strategy for the front fascia which will be similar to the one on the new Qashqai.
What is also important, the new Juke will ride on the slightly longer wheelbase and that should address the problem related with the rear legroom.
Interior, Tech features
As for the cabin of the new Juke, it should also experience significant changes. The design form will get inspiration from the new Micra model. The improvements will be seen in the material’s quality and overall build quality. The model will get new dash and range of customization options which will cover number of different color and finish patterns for both interior and exterior.
An upgraded infotainment system will also be available on all versions. It will bring modernized center screen interface, smartphone compatibility, and other modern features. The Juke will also bring upgraded safety rig with more advanced system available in it.
2018 Nissan Juke: Powertrains
On the performance front, the new platform will allow the 2018 Nissan Juke to adopt a wider range of powertrain options. Depending on the market it should be available with both diesel and petrol engines but the hybrid model should also be available.
The list of the conventional power units should include a new 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. In offer on some market will also be a 1.5-liter turbodiesel unit. A 1.6-liter turbo-powered four-cylinder engine will also be available and will likely be an only option in the US. It will again come in different states of tune while the base version should produce around 190 hp.
On the other hand, Nissan could also offer the Juke hybrid version with the powertrain that is similar as on the Gripz concept model.
2018 Nissan Juke: Release, Price
The new 2018 Nissan Juke should debut in fall of 2017 while the production could start in late 2017. The price is still a mystery but the model should stay competitive with the price range close to the current boundaries.