Since its launch in 2011, the originalNissan Juke has been a huge success story for the brand, arguably sparking the market trend of the supermini-SUV. However, in recent years, the Juke has came under pressure from rivals such as thePeugeot 2008 and theRenault Captur , and even premium cars like theAudi Q2 , forcing the Japanese brand to revise its formula.

The next-generation Nissan Juke was supposed to arrive in September 2018, but its release date has been pushed back to Summer 2019. It will improve on the current car in as many ways as possible to tackle its growing list of rivals. Our exclusive images show how the new Juke could grow into a more refined, better quality and more efficient machine.

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Most importantly, the new Juke will move to an all-new platform, ditching the aging B0 chassis from theRenault -Nissan Alliance in favour of itsCommon Module Family CMF-B platform.

The old chassis can be traced back to the2002 Nissan Micra , and it’s starting to show its age, being both slow and expensive to manufacture. The latest CMF-B platform, derived from the current Micra, should solve both of these problems.

Design

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. Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, has revealed the next generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream”, but acknowledged that it would still be recognisable as a Juke.

The styling, therefore, will retain key Juke cues, such as the high-mounted headlights and distinct wheel-arch blisters, but it will incorporate the new Nissan “face” seen on the latest Qashqai. Plus, there’ll be a slightly longer wheelbase, as Nissan aims to address one of the main criticisms of the current model; rear legroom.

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 andAndroid Auto . The Juke’s cabin will also get a wider range of personalisation options, including different colours and finishes on the facia highlights.

Engines

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 sources have also hinted that the next Juke could get a hybrid variant, using a range-extender powetrain that debuted on the sportyGripz concept at the 2016 SeptemberFrankfurt 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.”

European versions of the next Juke will continue to be produced at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. The brand’s main focus for 2018 was the launch of theall-new Micra supermini - a model which was fast-tracked after European buyers in particular reacted badly to the interior quality and refinement of the “global” version of the car. As such, the new Juke was pushed back. Hopefully, we’ll see a concept in the coming months, ahead of a production car debut thereafter.

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Source: AutoExpress

December 3, 2018