Nissan has released a photo previewing the next-generation Juke ahead of its full unveiling next month.
The 2020 edition is shown in a full camouflaged wrap undergoing testing at the company’s Milbrook test track in the UK. Designers aimed to add “sleek coupe lines” and an athletic stance, reinforced by 19-inch alloy wheels.
Auto Express revealed that, the new car’s wheelbase grows by 105mm, while it’s also 35mm wider and 75mm taller. It’s stiffer thanks to the use of more high-tension steel, yet Nissan claims the Juke is 23kg lighter, too. Improved crash performance is another consideration of the new platform; Nissan has yet to put the new model through Euro NCAP’s test procedure, but it’s confident of a five-star rating.
The prototype version we’re driving has the same turbocharged 1.0-litre DIG-T engine as the Micra N Sport. This develops 115bhp and up to 200Nm torque on overboost, and sends drive to the front wheels through a six-speed manual box.
An automatic version will also arrive at launch, using a newly developed seven-speed dual-clutch box, more suited to the European market than the CVT transmission that was previously offered. The Juke will be built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland.