Speaking to What Car?, Robert Hazelwood admitted that the absence of such a car created a significant gap in the company's current model line-up. He stated the firm "could really do with a small SUV or crossover".
Any Juke rival is likely to be heavily based on the Taigun concept, which was first shown at the 2012 Sao Paulo motor show. It is based on the same platform as the VW Up, and has the same wheelbase as a VW Polo, but is 11cm shorter, 5cm wider and 11cm taller.
The show car was a four-seater powered by a 109bhp turbocharged version of the Up's three-cylinder petrol engine. However, any production version would also be likely to include a diesel option and a four-wheel-drive variant.
Such a car could be on sale by the end of 2014, according to earlier reports.