The funky Nissan Juke crossover may be departing the U.S. market. Citing sources familiar with Nissan product planning, The Truth About Cars is reporting that the company plans to pull the Juke and replace it with a version of the Nissan Kicks.
Killing off the Juke is not a huge surprise in all reality. Sales of the Juke have fallen in recent years, perhaps as the vehicle’s styling has been tamed down a bit and the more mainstream Rogue has taken hold on the marketplace. In all of last year Nissan only moved just under 20,000 copies of the Juke in the U.S.
TTAC reports the plan at Nissan will pull the plug on Juke after 2017 or 2018 model year. The company will then bring over a market-specific version of the Kicks, which is a crossover the company currently offers in Latin America that is of a similar size to the Juke.
Although the Kicks does not offer the funk factor of the Juke, it will achieve the goal of a unique offering with a similar size. The report says to expect the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s found in the Juke today in the U.S.-bound Kicks.
Thus far it is unclear what other changes the Kicks will see for U.S. market duty or when it will exactly arrive on the market.