Small crossovers have become a huge money maker for mainstream automakers. Nissan knows this all too well, as they practically reinvented the segment nearly 10 years ago with the original Juke, only to take it to the next level with the new one.
Presented last month, the 2020 Juke retains a youthful approach, while cutting back on the funkier aspects of the design that were’t everyone’s cup of tea. Being that it still targets a young audience, Nissan offers several dual-tone designs, with 11 body colors and 3 roof shades, while riding on up to 19-inch wheels.
Thanks to over-the-air-updates, in-car Wi-Fi, advanced infotainment system, smartphone app used to control and monitor some of the functions and other features, the new Juke is Nissan’s most connected vehicle ever. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation system, Google Assistant compatibility, Bose Personal Plus sound system and ProPilot semi-autonomous driving that makes the daily commute more pleasant by keeping it centered in the lane and at safe distance from other cars.
Speaking of safety, it comes with Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Intelligent Speed Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Intervention and Traffic Sign Assist.
It may look sporty, but for now, the 2020 Juke comes only with a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It kicks out 117 PS (115 hp / 86 kW) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque, or 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) with over torque function, and is paired to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with paddle shifters. The former achieves 5.9 l/100 km (47.9 mpg UK / 39.9 mpg US) in the WLTP test cycle, and the latter does 6.0 l/100 km (47.1 mpg UK / 39.2 mpg US).
Nissan officials have said that they are looking into addition powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid version that sister-company Renault is planning for the Captur, though no diesel unit will be on offer.
The Japanese company axed the first generation Juke from it’s US lineup in 2018 and essentially replaced it with the Kicks. At least for now, Nissan has no plans to bring the new Juke back to the States.
We’ll soon find out if we’re missing on the good stuff as the new Juke is being presented to journalists as we speak in Barcelona, Spain. Until then, let’s check out some of the styling cues and equipment in detail, in the image gallery released by Nissan and shared below.