New Nissan Juke goes electric – next-generation crossover previewed
With a new Nissan Juke on the horizon, we take a look at what this upcoming EV crossover might look like in our exclusive images
- Pure-electric only
- Likely to have more interior space than the current Juke
- Shared EV technology with upcoming Renault 5
Since its launch in 2010, the Nissan Juke has helped to define the crossover SUV segment, combining a small footprint with tall, bold styling. As Nissan heads towards an all-electric future in 2030, the current Juke will soon be replaced by a pure EV model, joining the electric Leaf and Ariya SUV. Our exclusive renders provide a glimpse of what the new Juke could look like when it arrives in the near future.
We expect the new Juke to draw heavily from the styling seen on Nissan’s Hyper Punk concept car, revealed earlier this year at the Tokyo Motor Show. While some features of the concept are a far stretch from anything we’ll see on our roads anytime soon, including its illuminating wheels and origami-esque bodywork, there are several elements that we believe will make it to the new Juke when it enters production.
We expect the sharp edges and geometric detailing of the Hyper Punk concept to be the basis of the new Juke’s design language, replacing the curvaceous body lines found on the current model. Dark wheel arch extensions and short front and rear overhangs will help to emphasise the Juke’s squat stance, all whilst maintaining a footprint smaller than that of the Ariya SUV.
A rear lightbar, similar to that seen on the Ariya and Hyper Punk concept, should feature at the back of the Juke, and the hidden rear door handles found on the current model should be present too. Clues about the new Juke’s interior are limited, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it maintains the clean, minimalist aesthetic like that found in the Ariya. The packaging of an electric car often allows for greater interior space compared to a traditional combustion-engined car, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the new Juke feels roomier than the current model.
Is there anything else I should know about the next-generation Nissan Juke?
Nissan is currently partnered with Renault to develop new EV platforms, meaning the Juke will share its underpinnings with the upcoming electric Renault 5. Whilst the latter will likely be offered with a choice of 40kWh or 52kWh battery packs, we expect the new Juke, with its bigger dimensions, to arrive with slightly larger batteries than this.
Nissan hopes the new Juke will win buyers away from competing electric crossover SUVs, such as the Hyundai Kona, Jeep Avenger and Peugeot E-2008. As the next generation of Nissan Leaf is set to trade its hatchback bodystyle for crossover SUV looks, the new Juke will be the smallest EV in Nissan’s lineup – that is, until the new electric Nissan Micra appears in a few year's time.
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