Even if you get on with the quirky looks, the Nissan Juke isn’t a crossover that can be recommended particularly strongly. It’s been kicking around for over nine years now and is consequently feeling its age.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Nissan has whipped up an all-new version. The full reveal won’t be until next month, but the Japanese manufacturer has given us an early preview courtesy of this camouflaged test mule.
Final judgement will, of course, have to wait until we see an undisguised version, but so far, it’s looking like it’ll be easier on the eye than the outgoing version. It’s retained the weird low-lying oval headlights, but the indicator/daytime running light clusters above no long stretch their way up the bonnet. Sitting nicely in the middle is Nissan’s ‘V-Motion’ grille.
It’s bigger than the old one, too. Auto Express reports that the Juke has grown 35mm width, 105mm in wheelbase and 75mm in height. This helps boot space jump from 354 to 422 litres, and should give a much roomier interior. Despite the size increase, it’s 23kg lighter, and also stiffer.
Under that slightly less controversial bonnet, you’ll find a 1.0-litre DIG-T petrol engine shared with the Nissan Micra. It’s good for 115bhp. Want more power? We suspect there’ll be more engines on the way eventually, potentially including a circa-200bhp inline-four making its way into a new Juke Nismo.
In standard form, the Juke will make its debut on 3 September.