The second-generation Nissan Juke will premiere in front of the world in the coming months and according to the firm’s global design boss, adopt a design unlike any other Nissan.
Speaking with Autocar, Alfonso Albaisa said that the vehicle has been designed at Nissan’s London studio and hit back at claims the car was sent back for a redesign during its development.
“It doesn’t look like Imx or new Leaf, either. It’s an urban meteor with a nasty attitude.
“[The Juke] is certainly coming soon. But it didn’t get ‘sent back’. I’m not sure where that story came from. It’s a very cool car and it still has all of its attitude.”
The world has been waiting for the new Juke for almost three years. In fact, numerous reports stated that it was going to launch in 2017. For unknown reasons, that never happened.
Will the new Juke be just as eye-catching?
When the first-generation Juke launched, it immediately proved popular, especially in Europe, and the unique styling is one of the key reasons for this.
“Our job was easier with the first one, because there was nothing else like it. And that car’s success was so huge even given how polarising it looked. The second one couldn’t be derivative or evolutionary and still be a Juke. We’d almost have to change its name to ‘Nancy’, otherwise,” Albaisa said.
Indications point towards the new Juke being based around a stretched version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi V-platform. Engines will be borrowed from elsewhere in the Nissan family, namely the Micra and Qashqai with both a turbocharged 0.9-liter three-cylinder and a turbo’d 1.2-liter four-cylinder. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder will be the only diesel available.
Production of the second-generation Nissan Juke will start in 2019.