The Nissan Juke is undoubtedly one of those little SUVs that is really polarizing. And according to British magazine AutoExpress the next-generation Juke is going to dial back on the edgy looks a bit in an effort to add class.
Still on its first-generation, the Juke has been a reasonably successful product for Nissan by selling around 100,000 copies globally. These numbers come despite its polarizing design and fairly limited choice of engines and cramped interior, all of which Nissan is promising to fix on the next version.
According to the report, the Juke will be gaining a couple inches in wheelbase. This is credit to it switching from the ancient B0 chassis to the new Renualt-Nissan CMF-B platform, which is more flexible and will open up the Juke to a host of new powertrains. The report speculates the European model will offer everything from a 1.0-liter gas three-cylinder to a 1.6-liter turbo. No official word yet on U.S. engine choices.
Resting atop the new platform will be a grown-up design. Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura has revealed the next generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream.” Of course, it is anyone’s guess as to what that means, but combined with other rumors, it is expected the Juke will grow a bit in the design department.
The new front clip is said to have the new Nissan family look, but the body design is expected to continue to look very much like the current Juke.
Reports also suggest the interior will be significantly upgraded with higher quality materials and a new design.
The next Nissan Juke is expected to be revealed in late 2017 with sales starting shortly thereafter.