2020 Nissan Juke: Price, specs and release date
smart styling, more space, improved infotainment
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A lot has changed since the Nissan Juke went on sale in 2010. Back then, it was the world’s first and only small crossover – a car that mixed SUV looks with the cheap running costs and agile handling of a conventional low-slung family car.
Now, though, you can choose from cars like the Volkswagen T-Cross, SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Peugeot 2008, Mitsubishi ASX, Toyota C-HR, Kia Stonic… the list goes on and on. With all these new alternatives available, a second-generation Juke can’t come soon enough for Nissan.
2020 Nissan Juke price and release date
And you shouldn’t have to wait that long because the company has now released its second teaser image, showing that the Juke will be revealed on 3 September, just a few days before it goes on show at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. As a result, you can expect to see the car in showrooms from the end of next year with a starting price of around £17,000.
2020 Nissan Juke Nismo
While a hybrid (and potentially even an electric) Juke might be in a Nissan showroom near you soon, a new version of the Juke Nismo seems less likely. This performance-oriented version of the old car produced 218hp, enough to get it from 0-60mph in seven seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph. Sadly, sales weren’t as impressive as performance.
2020 Nissan Juke pictures and spy shots
To generate interest ahead of the 2020 Nissan Juke’s launch on 3 September, Nissan has been drip-feeding a steady flow of teaser pictures of the car. That kicked off with shadowy image of the front of the car and was then followed by an equally unrevealing pic of the car in profile. However, combine these with our spy pics of heavily camouflaged prototypes and the pics of the wrapped car provided by Nissan, and it’s possible to get a good idea how the new Juke will look.
2020 Nissan Juke styling
One of the current Juke’s most (or least) appealing features (depending on your outlook), is its striking styling. But you can expect the 2020 Nissan Juke to get toned-down slightly to help it appeal to a broader pool of buyers.
That said the 2020 Nissan Juke will keep the car’s trademark circular headlights – albeit with a Y shaped LED lighting element – that sit below slim-line LED daytime running lights. The old car’s awkward-looking bug-eyed indicators appear to have been dropped. Instead, Nissan will attempt to make the car look more premium, giving it a bolder grille with a thick chrome frame.
Move to the side of the car and it is also possible to tell that it has wheel arch creases worked into the bodywork that will help make it look chunkier than a normal small car. Plus hidden rear door handles which trick your eyes into thinking the Juke is a sporty three-door.
Another styling element that makes the car look more dynamic is the crease that runs from the front doors all the way back to a pair of pretty LED tail lights.
2020 Nissan Juke interior
Starting with an upright SUV body with a tall roofline means Nissan can squeeze more interior space out of the Juke than its possible to get out of a small car like the Nissan Micra.
The latest model is 75mm longer than the current car but, more importantly, has a 106mm longer wheelbase that should translate into more rear legroom.
As a result, four tall adults should fit inside and the all-new crossover appears to have larger rear doors than the current model to give you better access to the back seat. Boot space should also be pretty decent. The current car’s 354-litre capacity is enough for a couple of large suitcases, but the new model increases that to 422 litres which will give you room for another carry-on bag.
Nissan will also work to make the 2020 Juke feel significantly more modern than the current car. That’ll include giving the car an eight-inch infotainment screen which will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard – so you can use your smartphone’s apps on the car’s big screen, and its more reliable voice activation system.
Another feature is the car’s embedded sim card. It gives you connected features such as live information on congestion, parking and fuel prices, and will give you access to Google Street View. Making it really easy to find your end destination.
The embedded SIM means you’ll also be able to track your car’s location and speed – handy if you’re a parent lending the car to one of your kids. That feature comes through Nissan’s connected services App, which furthermore lets you lock and unlock the car remotely using your phone.
Those multifunction screens will mean there are less conventional buttons, paving the way for a more minimalist look with the option to specify brightly coloured trim pieces that will appeal to you if you’re the kind of younger buyer that Nissan expects to buy a Juke.
2020 Nissan Juke specs
The original Nissan Juke might look like an SUV but it drives like a conventional low-slung car and you can expect its replacement to do the same.
That means it won’t feel like it’s going to tip over in corners, its steering will be precise making the car easy to place on country roads, and it’ll drive straight and true on the motorway without you constantly having to steer the car in-lane.
Comfort should also be improved. Both the Nissan Micra and Qashqai come with systems that dabs the brakes (imperceptibly) over bumps, to smooth out compressions, and it’s something that’ll likely to be fitted to the new Juke. Not least because old car was always criticised for its jiggly ride over bumps.
Something else that will mark the latest Juke out from the old car will be its self-drive technology. The 2020 model will the first Juke to be offered with automatic cruise control which can brake the car automatically when it detects a car in front then return to a pre-selected cruising speed when the road clears. Combined with lane assist – another Juke first, which steers the car in its lane autonomously – it should make the car a lot more relaxing to drive on long journeys.
While those aids will likely be optional, automatic emergency braking will be fitted to the new car as standard. It’s a system that can brake the car autonomously if it detects an imminent collision which, along with the obvious safety benefits, should also make the car cheaper to insure.
2020 Nissan Juke engines
Up to now, the only engine that has been confirmed for the new Nissan Juke is the turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol from the Nissan Micra. It produces 117hp and 180Nm of torque (or 201Nm for short bursts of acceleration) and comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. You can expect the Juke to get from 0-60mph in around 10 seconds and return fuel economy of 45mpg.
In time you can expect the Juke to be offered with a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Its combination of two electric motors and a 1.6-litre engine will give the car a 28-mile all-electric range – exempting it from inner-city emission charges.
Keep your eyes peeled on carwow for a full Nissan Juke review after the car is launched.
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