The next-generation Nissan Juke subcompact crossover has finally been revealed for the European market. And right off the bat, it's clear that it's a much cleaner, more broadly appealing car than its predecessor. The frog-like accent headlights have been moved into the main grille design, although the large round headlights below them remain. The ultra-rounded fenders have also disappeared in favor of more gently and gracefully widened fenders. The new Juke is still distinctive and concept-like, though. The accent lights are razor thin and swept way back. The illuminated section of the round headlights is actually a Y-shape that looks suitably tech-y and futuristic, and the Juke's funky profile that falls between conventional sedan and hatchback remains. It also picked up the contrasting roof that's en vogue right now. The interior is far more conventional. The odd center console designed like a motorcycle fuel tank is pretty much gone. The dashboard takes its design from the upcoming Nissan Sentra/Sylphy with three round air vents in the middle, a stitched and upholstered dash pad and an infotainment screen sitting above the vents. Only one engine has been announced for the Juke, a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It only makes 115 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque on a regular basis. Floor it, and it will provide extra boost that will bring torque up to 148 pound-feet for up to 25 seconds. It's also coupled to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It makes far less power than the 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque the base Juke had in the U.S., not to mention the even more powerful 210-horsepower Juke Nismo RS. But in Europe, this turbo engine is replacing a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder that made just 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. No replacement for the European Juke's 115-horsepower diesel has been announced. Nissan has also made no mention of the Juke returning to the U.S. Certainly with the European powertrain options, there wouldn't be much reason to offer it here when the Kicks is the same size with about the same power, and it would almost certainly be more affordable than the Juke. And of course the Kicks has a design that's easier for most people to handle, as opposed to the polarizing Juke.
Nissan is expected to keep sending the Kicks crossover our way, but the rest of the world continues to enjoy the delights of the Juke. After nine years on the market, Nissan teased the second-generation of the original funky sub-compact crossover with a QR code and a single image. To premier on September 3, the new Juke will introduce an evolved take on the current design. The split headlight arrangement carries over, the LED DRL giving up its boomerang shape for a curved single slash, the headlight beneath adopting a triangular pattern. The front fascia will wear a wider V-motion grille that descends to tie in with a chrome-look center section for the bumper and front skid plate. Chunky cladding adorns the wheel wells on the second-gen, as on today's Juke. Other automakers have followed the Juke's lead with their own tiny crossovers, so it's expected that Nissan has plenty in store to keep its own weapon sharp. The Juke's exterior design, variously called "eccentric and confident" and "completely Marmite," should retain its personality albeit with a more modern language. Spy shots reveal the trademark steeply raked windshield, sloping roof, and prominent haunches, and prototype camouflage could hide a contrasting, floating roof. The looks will enclose a more livable package, however, as the Juke moves to the CMF-B platform shared with the Renault Clio and recently revealed Renault Captur. That means a longer wheelbase, and more interior room for passengers and cargo. We'll see whether the current hauler's motorcycle-inspired interior treatment migrates, but we can expect better interior appointments and tech features aligned with the heavily digital Captur cockpit. Based on the Captur's engine choices, powertrain combinations could entertain a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine, 1.3- and 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engines with as much as 200 horsepower, and a 1.5-liter diesel turning the front wheels. A plug-in hybrid is in the rumor mix, with talk of the 1.6-liter engine combined with a 9.8-kWh battery combining to provide an all-EV range of as much as 30 kilometers (18.6 miles).
The next-gen Juke is long overdue, but despite this, Nissan hasn't rushed things over. Thus, the outgoing subcompact SUV, which entered production 9 years ago, is still being sold in Europe, and if the latest report is accurate, then it will be almost 10 by the time the automaker will launch its replacement.