The Nissan Juke is one of the more polarizing crossovers in the world thanks to its wild design, but it has a redesign right around the corner. In fact, some folks think the restyled Juke will arrive as early as 2017. Along with this restyle, the Juke will also reportedly gain a new, electrified powertrain, according to reports.
In terms of styling, a report from Motoring.com.au claims that we’ve already seen the preview for the new Juke with the debut of the Nissan Gripz concept. While the Juke will carry some of the styling cues of the concept, the Aussie publication claims that Nissan will dramatically tone it down in production – surprise, surprise. So, look for it to lose its edgy appearance, multi-surface body panels, funky doors, and aggressive stance when it finally rolls out.
While the resulting body may be a little boring, what will reportedly lay under the hood of the next-gen Juke is pretty interesting. The report indicates that the new Juke will have an available range-extended EV system that injects 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque into the small crossover. Nissan will source the electric motor and battery pack from its Leaf, while its range-extending generator will be a small-displacement gasoline unit.
In addition to the new, greener powertrain, the Juke will also have gasoline engine options available. One engine mentioned by name is a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit that produces a respectable 217 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This engine will likely mate to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission sourced from the Renault Clio RS 220, making for a more exhilarating crossover than the current Juke.
Stay tuned for more details, as they should start rolling out soon, given the new Juke is set to debut in 2017.