Nissan Juke to go hybrid?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Feb 2019

The Nissan Juke is long in the tooth now, with only one major update under its belt since its debut in 2011. Obviously, Nissan knows this and is working on a second generation as we speak. The company’s European marketing boss let slip recently that a reveal could happen this year, possibly featuring electrification.

Juke the Second is expected to ride on a version of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's new CMF-B architecture which is providing the bones for the recently revealed fifth-gen Renault Clio.

If that is accurate, there is the possibility for electrification, namely a hybrid. However it’s not set in stone. Nissan Europe's product planning chief, Peter Bedrosian, told overseas media that there are numerous powertrain options being considered.

Alongside the potential hybrid system will be a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units while front- and all-wheel-drive will be available depending on the market. New Zealand will likely only take the front driver with an automatic gearbox.

Another big area for improvement is driver assistance technologies, something the current model lacks entirely. Nissan’s latest active safety tech is expected to be bundled with the new Juke, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

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