The next-generation Nissan Juke is set to arrive next year with cleaner engines, a hybrid option, more tech and a new platform, according to a report out of the UK.
Nissan already confirmed a second-generation Juke last year, with the company also announcing a 100 million pound ($177 million) investment into its Sunderland factory in the UK - where the current Juke, Leaf and Qashqai are built.
According to British website Auto Express, the Mk2 Juke will debut next year, bringing a more efficient and refined engine range along with a crucial improvement in cabin build quality.
Nissan CEO, Shiro Nakamura, is quoted by Auto Express saying the Mk2 Juke will still be “edgy and less mainstream”, while still looking like a Juke.
Based on that statement, the next generation should maintain key styling cues such as the two-tier headlight design, flared wheel arches and hatchback-like design.
However, the new Juke is likely to wear the new Nissan design language - as seen on the larger Qashqai - with a longer wheelbase to address one of the main complaints about the current model, rear legroom.
The article by Auto Express claims the new platform will allow for a new range of engines - including a new 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder unit - alongside the current 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (not for Australia) and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol powerplants.
Also a possibility with the new-generation Juke is an all-electric (EV) option, with Gareth Dunsmore, director of Nissan’s zero-emission business unit, saying to Autocar: “We’re leaders in crossovers and a leader with Leaf and we will combine those two in the future”.
Rounding out the comprehensive changes will be inside the cabin, with the new Juke set to overhaul the current interior that lacks the design and quality of main rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
According to the report, the interior’s design will likely take inspiration from the next Micra (which has been spied testing recently), and include a higher-quality infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
To stay true to the original model's intent, however, the new Juke will offer a range of personalisation options, including colours and interior fascia finishes.
Nissan is likely to debut the new Juke after the all-new Micra next year, which has been fast-tracked after the European market reacted poorly to the interior quality and refinement of the current model - which was recently axed from the Australian line-up.
Expect a pre-production concept sometime in the next six months to precede the production version which will launch before the end of 2017.