Ten years after it has shocked the subcompact crossover segment with its funky looks, the Nissan Juke is back for a second generation that promises to outclass its predecessor in every respect.
The 2020 Nissan Juke builds on the success of the first-generation model by adopting an evolutionary design that retains the funky looks despite the fact that the crossover is now roomier thanks to the all-new CMF-B platform it shares with the latest Renault Captur and Clio.
The new Juke is 4,210-mm (165.7-in) long, 1,595-mm (62.8-in) high, and 1,800-mm (70.8-in) wide but, despite that, it manages to shed 23 kg compared to the previous-generation model.
The crossover looks more athletic than before thanks to the more harmonious proportions, “floating roof” design, and the strong character line. The exterior is also highlighted by details such as the bolder V-motion grille treatment and the standard full-LED headlights and taillights.
Speaking of the lights, the Juke retains the iconic circular headlamps along with new Y-shaped signature and gains sleeker horizontal LED DRLs at the top. At the rear, the Juke drops the boomerang-shaped taillights for more conventional units arranged horizontally.
An exclusive body color called Fuji Sunset is now added to a lineup of 11 paints. Nissan also offers personalization options for the exterior in the form of customizable bumpers, side sills, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Compared to the exterior, the interior is radically transformed and not just in terms of space. Nissan says rear-seat knee room increased by 58 mm (2.3 in), rear head room by 11 mm (0.4 in), and the boot capacity is now 20 percent bigger at 422 liters (14.9 cu-ft). But it’s the interior design that has changed a lot as the new Juke adopts an all-new dashboard layout with a “floating” central display, a new multifunction steering wheel, and a reduced number of buttons on the center console.
The new NissanConnect infotainment system offers an 8-inch touch screen display compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Google Assistant. The eight-speaker Bose Personal Plus sound system is also available for enhanced sound quality.
Nissan says the driving position is improved and new soft-touch materials now cover the dashboard, door trim, and footwells for a more premium feel. The 2020 Juke comes as standard with sports front seats and optional Alcantara and leather upholstery. Personalization options for the cabin include multiple combinations for the upholstery matching or complementing the body and roof colors.
Nissan may describe the Juke as a sporty crossover but the 1.0-liter three-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged gasoline engine does not suggest sportiness. It makes 117 PS (115 hp) which the automaker says is enough for “improved performance, fuel economy and refinement.” The engine is linked to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters and driving mode selector.
As for the chassis, the carmaker says the more rigid platform that makes extensive use of high-strength steel offers better stability, performance, and cornering capabilities.
Technology-wise, the Juke is the most connected Nissan ever, according to the automaker. It packs Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology including the available , Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Intervention.
Nissan will continue to build the Juke at its plant in Sunderland, UK. Customer deliveries will begin at the end of November in European markets.