The next Nissan Juke will be just as radical as the current one, according to Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura.
Speaking to What Car?, Nakamura admitted that it was going to be a tough challenge to replace Nissan’s best-seliing small SUV, saying ‘It’s a love-it-or-hate-it car, but we want that to carry on. The next Juke will be a bigger transformation than the one we have just done with the first-to-second-generation Qashqai.’
An all-new Juke is not likely to appear until 2016 and, according to previous reports, will use the same architecture and engines as the next-generation Micra small car, also due to appear at the same time.
Nakamura revealed that his design teams are currently just completing work on the next Micra, which will also be more ‘bold and expressive’ than the lacklustre current model. A higher-riding version with SUV-type styling is also being planned.
Nissan’s Globlal Planning boss, Andy Palmer, also told What Car? that he wanted to move away from the current Micra design for the next model: ‘It’s too cute,’ he said. ‘The future Micra needs to be more Euro-centric in design.’
Palmer also admitted that the Ford Fiesta would be the ride and handling benchmark for the next-generation Micra, offsetting criticisms about the dynamic capabilities of the current car.