The second-generation model arrives for the 2020 model year

The 2020 Nissan Juke is an upcoming subcompact crossover from the Japanese firm. It’s the second-generation of the already iconic SUV that has soldiered on with minor changes since 2010. The 2020 Juke will make its global debut in September with a brand-new exterior design, a revamped interior, and state-of-the-art technology borrowed from bigger Nissan models.

When the Nissan Kicks replaced the Juke in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, it was rumored that the old crossover won’t have a future in other parts of the world. We were basically expecting a replacement under a different nameplate in Europe as well. In an unexpected turn of events, Nissan announced that the Juke will carry over with a second-generation model. The new Juke will arrive in early September 2019 and Nissan just released preliminary information and photos of camouflaged prototypes. Check out my speculative review below to find out everything we know about this vehicle.

Exterior

  • Still bold
  • Sportier than before
  • Muscular haunches
  • Slim headlamps
  • Slim taillights
  • Coupe-style roof
  • Bigger wheels
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The first feature that catches the eye is the dual headlamp layout

Although it’s camouflaged from nose to rear, the Juke in these official photos is by no means a test vehicle or a prototype. It’s actually a proper production model that was wrapped in black and grey camo to conceal its design features. Fortunately, we can tell for of its cues as the wrap is rather thin. And it’s pretty obvious that the second-generation mini SUV retains the unique and bold character of the original Juke.

The first feature that catches the eye is the dual headlamp layout. Just like its predecessor, the new Juke features two upper headlamps that are extremely thin and two lower headlamps that are almost on the same level with the "Nissan" badge on the grille. Compared to the old Juke, the upper lights are much thinner and flank the upper section on the grille. The previous SUV had swept-back lights that were basically mounted on the hood rather than in the front fascia.

Nissan’s camouflage is a pathetic attempt to hide the fact that the lower headlamps are round. Nissan tried to made them look square and really small, but you can notice how that camo wraps around a round trim in that area. It seems that the round lamps were pushed a bit closer to the edge of the fascia. Naturally, now they sit closer to the upper headlamps.

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This new grille is very similar to what you get with the Leaf, Kicks, and Murano

The grille was also redesigned. The old grille that stretches almost the entire width of the fascia and includes chrome trim at the center gives the first-gen Juke a somewhat awkward look. Not only it separates the two pairs of headlamps, but it also separates the upper fascia form the bumper. It’s a "love it or hate it" design. Although I actually enjoy the Juke’s old and bold look, the new Juke looks a lot better, as in more people are likely to like it. It also integrates better in Nissan’s lineup thanks to the narrower grille that extends from the edge of the engine hood to the bumper. This new grille is very similar to what you get with the Leaf, Kicks, and Murano.

Below that, we find a more muscular bumper that features larger vents on the sides, a trapezoidal opening in the center, and chrome trim that highlights the three-piece element. The engine hood has a more muscular design as well. The center section is raised to suggest a bigger engine underneath, while the sides are dented so that the hood becomes narrower toward the top of the grille. Once the camo is off, the Juke should boasts a really aggressive design.

The profile retains two important characteristics from the first-gen Juke. For starters, it’s just as compact. Nissan has yet to reveal specs, but the upcoming SUV doesn’t seem to be longer. Sure, Nissan likely added a couple of inches to the wheelbase, but that’s not easy to spot visually. The overhangs remain short as well. Nissan also kept the coupe-style roof, but the rear section is sportier than before, as the roof has a steeper slope toward the back. The windows are also a bit smaller, especially the rear ones, which also makes the Juke seem sportier.

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The rear fascia of the second-gen Juke seems less complicated than the old model

The SUV still features the muscular fenders of its predecessor, but Nissan now added a very noticeable character line between them. It starts from the top of the front wheel arch and ascends toward the rear fenders, meeting the muscular upper section that travels all the way back to the taillights. The camouflage ruins the effect of this line, but it should look really cool once the wrap comes off.

The rear fascia of the second-gen Juke seems less complicated than the old model. The crossover adopted Nissan’s latest design language and it now sports simple horizontal taillights and a cleaner tailgate. The S-shaped lights of the old model and the bubbly rear window are gone. Granted, they make the old Juke look unique, but they also make it look unappealing to some. The bulge atop the license plate is still visible on the new Juke, but the design is angular and sportier overall. The two-piece taillights are slim and likely feature LED technology, while the bumper is clean and simple. Interestingly enough, there’s no tailpipe. It’s either hidden under the camo that covers the bumper or Nissan is trying to tell us that the new Juke might be electric (or at least offer an electric version).

Interior

  • No info yet
  • Could be inspired by the Kicks
  • Should be modern and clean
  • New technology
  • More passenger space
  • Bigger trunk
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Design-wise, the Juke will probably have a unique interior layout, but it will also borrow from existing models

While we already know how the second-gen Juke will look like, we have yet to see the interior. Nissan didn’t release any photos and gave us very little information about the cabin. But it’s pretty obvious that the new SUV will look more modern than the old one. It will also feature state-of-the-art tech.

Design-wise, the Juke will probably have a unique interior layout, but it will also borrow from existing models. The Kicks seems a good inspiration here since it replaced the Juke in the U.S. And the Kicks sports a nice, modern, and clean-looking interior. If Nissan goes with a similar design, the new Juke will integrate nicely in the company’s current crossover lineup.

On the tech front, Nissan confirmed that it will feature the latest Intelligent Mobility Vision, a suite of driving-assist features. The package includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Around View Monitor. The second-gen Juke will also become the third Nissan model to feature ProPilot technology. This is a semi-autonomous system that works best on the highway and in single-lane traffic as it maintains vehicle-to-vehicle distance within a preset speed range.

On the tech front, Nissan confirmed that it will feature the latest Intelligent Mobility Vision

It automatically controls the throttle and the brakes to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, it completely stops in traffic situations, and keeps the car in the middle of the driving lane. It works on straight roads and through corners, so it’s almost a fully autonomous system.

Another detail Nissan told us about the new Juke is that it will offer a bit more passenger room thanks to its wider footprint. A wider footprint usually translates into enhanced shoulder and hip room. However, the new interior should have better packaging so you can expect an extra inch of legroom and headroom as well.

Trunk space should grow as well. The outgoing Juke isn’t exactly spacious behind the seats. With a capacity of only 12.5 cubic feet, the Juke falls behind most of its competitors. With the second-row seats folded, trunk capacity grows to 42 cubic feet. Although it’s not bad for a vehicle this size, it’s significantly less than the Renault Captur. The new Juke should offer at least 45 cubic feet.

Drivetrain

  • Brand-new platform
  • New 1.0-liter engine
  • New 1.3-liter engine
  • Diesel option possible
  • Hybrid drivetrain in the future
  • Up to 200 horsepower
  • Dual-clutch automatic
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The new 1.0-liter mill will probably generate 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque

The second-generation Juke rides on a new platform called CMF-B. Developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, it debuted in the Renault Clio and Renault Captur in 2019. Starting 2020, it will extend to vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander and to Renault’s affordable, Romania-based Dacia brand. This new platform is more rigid and allows better packaging. The extra stiffness comes from heavy use of high-tension steel and results in improved crash performance.

There’s no word as to what engines will the new Juke feature, but prototypes offered to some outlets for testing had 1.0-liter DIG-T units under the hood. This mill is shared with the Nissan Micra N Sport and generates 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s the smallest engine ever fitted in a Juke, it’s just as powerful as the old 1.6-liter and generates an extra 32 pound-feet of twist.

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The Juke will be offered with two transmissions from the very beginning

Beyond this small turbo, the second-gen Juke should share mills with the new Renault Captur. The French crossover also features a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine. Its gasoline lineup includes a base unit with 74 horsepower and a range-topping unit with 155 horses. Should Nissan offer a Nismo version, expect it to develop at least 200 horsepower. On the diesel front, the Juke should carry over with the omnipresent 1.5-liter dCi oil burner. In the outgoing Juke, the 1.5-liter generates 109 horsepower, but the updated engine should come in two flavors, just like in the Captur, with 95 and 115 horsepower.

The Juke will be offered with two transmissions from the very beginning. There will be a standard six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The latter is a new design and will replace the familiar CVT box.

An electrified drivetrain, most likely a hybrid, will be offered further down the line. Don’t expect it to arrive before 2021 though.

Pricing

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Pricing for the second-generation Juke should be notably higher than the outgoing model. Nissan needs to keep pricing low to survive in the subcompact segment, in which most offerings are priced below the £16,000 mark. The outgoing Juke retails from £15,520, so the next-gen model will probably fetch around £15,700 before options. This sticker will also keep the Juke on par with its main competitor, the Renault Captur, priced from £15,730.

Competition

Renault Captur

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Built on the same platform, the Captur is the company’s most affordable crossover. Unlike the Juke, it has a more conventional design and it’s essentially a Clio on stilts with minor modifications to its front and rear fascias. The base models are far from fancy, but Renault offers plenty of options if you’re willing to spend more cash. Engine options include 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter mills on the gasoline front, with output ranging from 100 to 155 horsepower. The 1.5-liter diesel provides 95 or 115 horsepower, depending on trip. Three transmissions are offered, including five- and six-speed manuals and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Pricing for the Captur starts from £15,730.

Read our full review of the 2019 Renault Captur

Ford EcoSport

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The EcoSport is yet another popular vehicle that competes in the subcompact segment. Introduced in 2012 and updated in 2017, the current EcoSport is built on the same platform as the Fiesta and comes with a choice of two gasoline engines and a diesel. You can opt from a 1.0-liter EcoBoost with 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet and a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter with 166 horses and 149 pound-feet. A 1.5-liter diesel with 90 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of twist is also available in certain markets. The EcoSport is a bit more expensive than the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, retailing from £17,850.

Read our full review of the 2019 Ford EcoSport

Final Thoughts

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The Juke’s return for a second generation is excellent news as far as I’m concerned. Although I didn’t like this crossover at first, mostly due to its weird looks, it grew on me as years went by and was sad to see it discontinued in the U.S. Fortunately, Nissan decided to keep the nameplate in Europe and I really like what I’m seeing in these preliminary photos. Not only it will retain the bold design of its predecessor, but it will boast a sportier stance, state-of-the-art technology, and better engines. Needless to say, it looks like the Juke will remain a popular choice among European customers.

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Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Juke.

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Read our full review on the 2015 Nissan Gripz Concept

Selling over one million units since its debut appearance in 2010, the new JUKE has been in the final stages of road testing, showing a new look and agile driving performances ahead of its official unveil next month.

Taking to the Millbrook testing track in the UK with a camouflaged exterior, there are elements of the new design left to drivers’ imagination, but the stage is set for its bold return to the B-SUV segment it pioneered almost a decade ago.

Designed in Europe, New JUKE has been an exciting and successful journey in collaboration, bringing together talented Nissan designers across the region to work together on its evolution. The original JUKE model landed with significant impact and captured the imagination of drivers – the next episode is about to begin.

Before the official unveiling in early September, Nissan can reveal:

Sleek coupe lines, striking 19” alloy wheels and athletic stance that set a new standard in compact crossover design
Inspiration for the new JUKE design development has been tailored around B-SUV customer demands for leading design, latest tech and ‘fun to drive’ performance
Loaded with empowering tech, JUKE becomes the third Nissan model to feature ProPILOT technology, which forms part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision
The footprint of new JUKE has increased in size to provide greater ‘roominess’ and comfort for the driver and passengers, without losing its agile driving style
Having launched and led the B-SUV segment with the first model, the Nissan JUKE will shortly be back with its unique identity, even more character, exciting performances and a leading level of connectivity that responds to drivers’ evolving needs.

Nissan is about to unleash an even bigger personality and exciting driving experience that will appeal to the growing number of drivers opting for the B-SUV segment. Rest assured: while JUKE has grown up in many respects, it will ultimately remain fun to drive.

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