In case you’ve forgotten, Nissan came upon the idea to make futuristic, strange-looking crossovers before any other car manufacturer. We are talking about the Juke of course. The small SUV became available almost a decade ago, and as such exists now. Well okay, the car received certain changes here and there over the years, but essentially, the car you are buying right now is still the first-generation Juke.
A prototype that we’ve just caught is definitely hiding the next-gen model which is speculated to arrive this summer as the 2020 Nissan Juke. The heavy wrappings prevent us to see what’s cooking beneath, but we can bet in our lives that the wacky-looking crossover is going to exploit postmodernism yet again. Although, it’s fair to say that the camouflage isn’t hiding any revolutionary redesign. No, the basic shape is still here, while the ends appear to be spiced up with new details like a V-motion grille and more aggressive bumpers. Around back, the 2020 Juke gets a set of horizontal taillights in place of crossover’s distinctive boomerang lamps. At the front, the prototype hosts bug-eye headlights, which are full-LED for sure; at sides, the crossover comes fitted with new side mirrors mounted on doors instead of on A-pillars.
The second-generation Nissan Juke gets a new chassis as well. This high-riding hatchback will share a platform with the Renault Clio. This so-called CMF design co-developed with the French automaker and Mitsubishi is not only modular but also suitable for electric powertrains. Nissan will not make the Juke EV of course (at least not right away). Instead, the carmaker will offer a hybrid variant that will most probably combine an electric motor with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit. The 2020 Nissan Juke will keep the current 1.6-liter turbo engine for sure. It would be the same with the 1.5-liter turbodiesel, while naturally aspirated units will be canceled. There’s a strong possibility of seeing Mercedes-Nissan 1.3-liter turbo engine. The manufacturer will probably keep the six-speed manual ‘box for entry-point models. The rest of the “squad” will come teamed with the Xtronic continuously variable transmission. While the six-speed stick is going to send all power to front wheels only, the CVT will get an option more called AWD.
Stay tuned for more info about the next-gen Nissan Juke.