The Nissan Juke is a car that has long polarized the opinions of everyone who has seen it, driven it, or owned it. And even though the first generation model was already nine years old by the time it was retired, people still talk about its looks to this day.
Now that the all-new Juke is out, just how different is it from its radical predecessor? Nissan's head of design, Alfonso Albaisa, described the new one as “an urban meteor with a nasty attitude”, which is an amusing way to describe the small crossover.
Nissan chose a more cautious redesign for this second-generation model, but you can still tell it's a Juke. Side by side with the old model, the signature round head lights and high-mounted LED daytime running lights are still there, but those have been given a sleeker, more dynamic twist. The DRLs for instance don't stick out the corners of the hood. Now, it's a more flush look with slim lights. Also, the headlights are oval shaped instead of circular and that Y-shaped pattern certainly helps it stand out more.
Even the bulbous hood of the soon to be outgoing model has been streamlined in the new one. Gone is the toothy grill of the previous model, now replaced by a more imposing V-Motion grill. All in all, the design up front looks more matured, but it still retains enough of the quirks that made the Juke such a talked-about car. If anything, the new one looks less polarizing than its predecessor.
But perhaps it's the rear that gets the most dramatic redesign. Whereas the previous-gen Juke has a rounded tailgate with dramatic boomerang-shaped pillar taillights, the 2020 edition looks more rather conservative. The back of the all-new Juke is more angular, upright, and the tail lights are more conventional. It does still have sloping roof line, as well as the quirky rear door handle design.
If you find the redesign a little too evolutionary, do note that the 2020 Juke rides on a totally different platform. The old Juke rode on what was called the Nissan B platform which dates back all the way to 2002. This now sits on the Renault CMF-B architecture which, interestingly enough, will also share its bones to the future Mitsubishi Mirage.
The “matured” theme carries over inside. It's still pretty rounded inside the new one, but not to the same extent of the previous-gen model. The center stack, for instance, looks more serious with its “floating” screen look, and so do the air-conditioning switches. Then there's the instrument cluster with the 2020 Juke going for more digitalization. Also, the steering wheel adapts the new flat bottom look. Sadly, the D-Mode panel is gone although it is likely its functions have been moved to the infotainment system instead.
Last but not least: the engines. Now, we can't say for certain what the full Juke engine range will be like just yet. For now, it's a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder mill boosted by a turbo. It's good for 117 PS, which is actually similar to the 1.6-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine we get here. Those engines make 116 PS, but likely less torque as the new engine is, again, turbocharged. But some of you might like the fact that the second-gen Juke ditches the continuously variable transmission for a dual-clutch transmission.
The question now is this, will we get the 2020 Nissan Juke or will we end up with the even more conservative Kicks? We're hoping for the previous rather than the latter.