Having been designed at Nissan’s London studio, the car is being readied for a motor show debut within months and will enter production in 2019.
In an exclusive interview with Autocar, Nissan’s global design boss, Alfonso Albaisa, said the second-generation Juke “doesn’t look too much like the last one”, adding: “It doesn’t look like IMx [the electric crossover concept unveiled at Tokyo last year] or new Leaf, either. It’s an urban meteor with a nasty attitude.”
Albaisa quashed a rumour that the Juke replacement had been reviewed and sent back for a redesign. He said: “[The Juke] is certainly coming soon. But it didn’t get ‘sent back’. I’m not sure where that story came from. It’s a very cool car and it still has all of its attitude.”
The first-generation Juke was introduced at the Geneva motor show in 2010 and helped boost the popularity of supermini-sized crossovers. In terms of sales, that class grew tenfold across Europe between 2010 and 2016, and by 2022 it is expected to double in size from its 2016 level of 1.13 million units.
Juke sales have exceeded 100,000 units a year in Europe four times during its life cycle, and the styling of the British-built car was considered an important contributor to that.
“Our job was easier with the first one, because there was nothing else like it,” Albaisa told Autocar. “And that car’s success was so huge even given how polarising it looked. The second one couldn’t be derivative or evolutionary and still be a Juke. We’d almost have to change its name to ‘Nancy’, otherwise.”