Nissan sources have recently revealed that an all-new Juke is currently in the works. Arriving as a 2018 model, the new version of this popular subcompact SUV is expected to bring notable improvements. Besides undergoing an exterior overhaul, it will also benefit from a new platform, enhanced engine range and upgraded technology. When it first arrived, the Juke actually started a new niche that’s continued to grow over the years. Its competitors now include prominent names such as the Audi Q2, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. Anyway, we expect the 2018 Nissan Juke to reclaim its position of the class-leading model once it goes on sale. According to reliable reports, it is most likely to hit European dealerships in the fall of 2017. As for the U.S. sales, they are likely to commence in early 2018.
2018 Nissan Juke Design Changes
One of the biggest changes when it comes to the 2018 Nissan Juke will be its new underpinnings. It will no longer ride on the B0 architecture that’s basically an extended version of the 2002 Nissan Micra’s platform. Instead, the all-new Juke is set to adopt the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s latest Common Module Family chassis technology. As for the styling, Nissan sources have revealed the second generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream”. That means the new Juke should retain its recognizable cues such as the distinct wheel arches and high-mounted headlamps. However, it will also incorporate the brand’s latest design language seen on the new Qashqai. Expect also the upcoming model to benefit from an extended wheelbase that should finally address the car’s insufficient rear legroom.
Inside, the next-generation Nissan Juke will get a major overhaul, receiving a host of higher-grade fabrics and materials. In terms of styling, it will draw inspiration from the upcoming Micra, adopting its central infotainment display across the range. Expect it to come with substantially improved connectivity features, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Nissan Juke will also offer a much wider range of personalization options, including different colors and finishes.
The shift to the new platform will allow the 2018 Nissan Juke to adopt a new range of engines. Gasoline-powered options will include a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and a range-topping 1.6-liter turbocharged unit with an output of 190 horsepower. Expect this small crossover to include also the 1.5-liter diesel that carries over from the current model. Rumor has it that the all-new Juke is likely to get a hybrid variant, although full details are still unavailable.
Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Nissan Juke for the European market will be produced at the Sunderland facility. Reliable sources suggest a concept model is likely to arrive within the next six months, following the all-new Micra. In any case, the thoroughly redesigned Juke will once again be one of the most formidable contenders in this increasingly popular segment.