The funky crossover from Nissan may soon receive a makeover, as well as a hybrid powertrain.
According to Car and Driver, the Juke might become the the latest model in the brand's lineup to get e-Power following the Note e-Power subcompact. The Juke e-Power concept is set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show by the end of 2017. The Juke being seven years old now, will get a refreshed look and will take styling cues from the Gripz SUV-style concept (pictured above) first shown back in 2015.
Following it's launch last year in Japan, Nissan's e-Power is a hybrid system that utilizes a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine combined with a power generator and an inverter where by it gets electricity from.
With other manufacturers having their own hybrid system which utilizes a plug-in system, Nissan forgoes of it, as there is not much battery to charge. The battery pack is only 1/20 that of the Leaf, allowing it to fit and be properly packaged underneath the front seats.
This gives the Juke e-Power concept the advantage of batteries not intruding on interior space. Coupled with the e-Power hybrid system, this would also allow the Juke to have the instantaneous response of an electric vehicle.
There is no information yet whether the Juke e-Power will be released outside Japan as the current Note e-Power is only available in the Land of The Rising Sun.
Source: Car and Driver