2020 Nissan Juke: What It’ll Look Like, Powertrains & Everything Else We Know

It’s hard to believe Nissan’s Juke has been around since 2010; heck, many pundits doubted the subcompact SUV would do as well as it has, even with sales dropping off in the last few years.

Luckily for Juke fans, the Japanese manufacturer remains committed to the funky looking, pint-sized crossover, with an all-new replacement due soon. However rather than waiting, let’s take an illustrated, spy shot-based first glance at what to expect from its second-generation successor.

Looking Radical

There’s no denying the outgoing Juke is a polarizing affair, with its bug-eyed face and stumpy proportions; yet arguably, this is why it has been so successful.

For 2020, Nissan will retain the in-your-face styling for visual interest. The frontal area is dominated by the Japanese brand’s V-motion grille that intersects the upper DRL’s, while the main headlamps have an ovoid shape just like the outgoing car.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

The proportions are slightly more mature too, with longer rear doors and chiseled sheetmetal surfacing. Rear styling features Micra-like, LED tail lamps that protrude at the corners and a floating roof effect with glossy black trim dissecting the rear pillars.

Interior Improvements

Currently, the Juke’s biggest downfalls lay in its cramped layout and low-rent cabin materials. Fortunately, these niggles will be rectified along with a stronger focus towards in-car tech.

Cabin styling moves away from the current ovoid smorgasbord, in favor of straighter lines and technical detailing. A big touchscreen features android auto and apple carplay, along with wireless connectivity and customizable apps. The number of driver assist features gains a big bump; with 360-degree camera, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping aid and active park assist. Audiophiles will be catered for with a banging Bose surround system with integrated headrest speakers.

Platform & Powertrains

The second-generation Juke will switch to Renault/Nissan’s CMF-B architecture. This move will liberate an increase in wheelbase and more importantly, improved interior volume – especially for rear seat occupants.

As for powertrains, expect a range of petrol and diesels, ranging from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, an 1.6-litre turbocharged four, and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel for markets outside North America. If none of that sounds frugal enough, a gasoline-electric hybrid variant will be available too. Power will be fed through Nissan’s X-tronic continuously variable transmission to the front wheels, or via an optional all-wheel drive system.

Pint-Size Rivals & Launch Timing

The Juke competes in an ever-booming subcompact SUV segment and faces some serious competition; including the likes of Toyota’s radical C-HR, Nissan’s own similarly-sized Kicks, SEAT Arona, Hyundai Kona, Peugeot 2008, Audi Q2, Kia Stonic, Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Citroen C4 Cactus and Jeep Renegade.

We anticipate the all-new Juke to launch later this year as a 2020MY offering.

Tell us what you think; would the new Juke be on your buying radar? Share your views in the comments below.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for Carscoops

  • Bash

    This looks better so far (from the rendering) I hope it’s as close to that as possible.

  • sidewaysspin

    That’s terrible, a juke with a beetle front.

  • Dude

    Cool but what’s the point when this and the Kicks are the same size?

    • designer_dick

      Kicks isn’t sold in Europe. Juke won’t be sold in the US.

      • Dude

        Dang… we’re not cool enough for it

  • designer_dick

    I hope the DRL’s are a little less Citroenesque on the real thing, and more in keeping with the design of the current Juke.

  • McFly

    The rendering looks better than the current model. But to be honest, almost anything does. Today’s Juke is a strange mix of boring and avant garde.

    Unfortunately, it looks to me as if the camouflaged car has more protruding, tusk-like, lights. That might spoil the more coherent look.

    • paulgdeaton

      Anything looks better than the current model…


    i hope the quality is better than kicks

    • Alduin

      Nissans quality isn’t good at all. Don’t hold your breath.

    • ksegg

      My microwave has better quality than a Nissan.

  • Paul

    It still looks like a frog on wheels.


    good for a rendering

  • Alduin

    Still an ugly pos.

    • ksegg

      So is almost every new AMG but I guess people love ugly AF cars.

  • Alduin

    Thats a god thing. The first gen was atrocious,this thing is just as bad. Hideous fugly looking vehicle.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It looks much better than the current one. Which is ugly, still much more personal than other competing boxy boring cars.

  • WalthamDan

    It doesn’t look all that odd anymore.

  • ME

    The artist watered down many of the prominent features which the Juke is known for. The spy shots include the black mesh grille and intruding day time running lights. I wish the artist would update it to the drawing.

  • JKIS

    it looks so cool with the V motion intersect DRL..but the tailight should b a bit smaller
    Nissan should consider reliability n upgrate their interior design n engine with more power n torque
    dont put CVT in it
    should b automatic or manual

  • Bob

    I think most likely because they’re considered to be well engineered. I’m not sure what opinions are on the Juke from that perspective.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Awwwww…. I was hoping they would get the lights a little further up the hood this time.

  • Stephen G

    Looks like a cross between a 1998 Plymouth Pronto and Fiat 500X with a Nissan grille.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Interesting but front-wise i find the ugliness of the current model prettier than the ugliness of this render.

  • KAG25

    It looks good, Nissan took a risk on a design that was either take it or not. Honestly, I see a lot of them running around here.

  • KAG25

    Since they have other CUVs now Nissan should keep it as a performance car/thing.

  • KAG25

    Yeah, we get the kicks instead that is FWD and only has 126hp.

  • ME
  • ErnieB

    So ugly it should be illegal..

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