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Nissan updates the Juke for 2017

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The Nissan Juke is set to become greener and more modern in 2017.

With the creation of the Juke, Nissan helped to open up a whole new market segment: the supermini SUV, much as the Qashqai had done for the compact crossover sector a few years earlier.

Since the Juke burst onto the scene in 2010, a whole array of competition has appeared in the form of the Renault Captur, the Peugeot 2008 and the new Audi Q2. While the Juke has a funky, modern look, its design is starting to look a little tired next to more recent arrivals and Nissan is preparing to reveal the second generation model.

Evolution, not revolution

Much as it did with the second generation Qashqai, Nissan is taking an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach, so updates to the Juke will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. The car still sells well with more than 100,000 units delivered world-wide. It is Nissan's second largest seller in Europe after the Qashqai. As such, the changes will focus upon improving interior quality, efficiency and refinement. Nissan plans to retain an edgy and individual style for the car but doesn't want to lose what has become a very recognisable look.

This means maintaining familiar elements in the form of the high mounted headlamps and waistline, together with the wheel arch bubbles. However, the new Juke will also need to conform to Nissan's latest corporate identity, like the second generation Qashqai. After some criticism of a cramped rear cabin, Nissan is also keen to provide a little more legroom at the back.

A new platform

A more significant change will take place underneath the skin, as the new Juke will accommodate a new platform architecture. The current Renault Nissan Alliance B0 effort is competent but relatively elderly, as a modification of the chassis used on the Nissan Micra back in 2002. Nissan is aiming for a more modern platform which is easier, faster and cheaper to produce, so the next Juke will use the Common Module Family architecture, CMF-B, which is also set to underpin the up-coming Nissan Micra.

The new platform allows Nissan to offer a new and more modern engine range with the Juke, such as three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol turbo units. There will still be a 1.5 litre diesel model and a range-topping 1.6 litre petrol turbo providing about 190bhp. Rumour has it that Nissan is also planning a hybrid power train for the Juke, which could use the Gripz concept's range-extending hybrid power train, seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September. Nissan claims that the inclusion of a hybrid model in any range is becoming almost obligatory in order to meets emissions regulations.

Cabin upgrade

Improvements to the cabin are to include higher quality upholstery materials and soft touch plastic. The next generation Micra will sport a very similar cabin arrangement, with an infotainment display in the centre and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. The Juke will, however, be distinguished by the number of customisation options on offer, such as different coloured dashboard highlights.

Nissan focuses on the new Micra

Sunderland will continue to manufacture the Juke for Europe, but at the moment Nissan is concentrating on its next generation Micra, after the previous, global edition of the supermini failed to impress. The new Micra needs to gain some traction in the very competitive supermini sector after more or less disappearing from buyers' radars. Expect to see the new Juke in concept form about six months from now, followed by a final production version reveal next Autumn ahead of a market launch by the end of 2017.

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