Next-Generation Nissan Juke Will Fix A Major Issue

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Also, expect some big changes under the hood.

After being on sale for nine years, to say that the Nissan Juke is long overdue for an update is an understatement. Thankfully, a second-generation model is on the way, but it remains to be seen if it will go on sale in the US since the current model was discontinued and replaced by the Nissan Kicks.

According to AutoExpress, the second-generation Juke will debut before the end of 2019 and be underpinned by the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-B platform that underpins the Renault Clio and the next-generation Captur. The architecture will also support electrified powertrains, meaning we can expect a plug-in hybrid Juke that is expected to feature a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh battery, which should allow the Juke to travel around 20 miles on electric power.

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Mild-hybrid versions are also on the cards, but the standard combustion-powered versions, such as a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline and a 1.5-liter diesel, will still be available. Nissan bosses are even considering a fully-electric version to take on the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV.

Nissan's European product planning chief Peter Bedrosian told Auto Express: "People are moving from sedans and hatches into SUV-type vehicles – and that's happening globally, not just in Europe. On top of that there's electrification, so it's a perfect combination. We're working on several powertrain options at the moment."

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The new Juke will also fix one of the current model's main issues: passenger space. Thanks to its new platform, the new Juke will have significantly more rear head and knee room. Trunk capacity is also expected to increase.

Inside, the new Juke will be more technologically advanced thanks to the addition of a new infotainment system with smartphone integration and Nissan's ProPILOT system that enables the car to take control of acceleration, braking and steering when engaged. As for the exterior, the new Juke will retain its predecessor's funky styling, which will be given a modern update to give the aging style a much-needed refresh.

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