AutoExpress has recently published a conversation it had with Shiro Nakamura, chief creative officer at Nissan. They spoke about the second generation Juke and Nakamura told the new car would be easily recognizable as such. AutoExpress has said it will be built over the new CMF B platform and has also detailed the powertrains it may receive. But there is also a crucial matter that was not treated in that article: what exactly is the CMF B platform? We can add a little something to that.
At the Nissan Kicks presentation, we had the chance to talk to Japanese Nissan engineers directly involved with the development of this modular architecture. We had the information the current Versa and March would be kept as they are in some emerging market due to differences between the V platform, currently used by these models and Kicks. Only mature markets, such as Europe, USA and Japan, would get the new Micra/March, which is much bigger than the hatchback sold nowadays and could compete with Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. But that is not exactly correct.
The new CMF B platform is based on the V platform. It is lighter than the B platform the Juke uses and it will heavily apply UHSS (ultra high strength steel). That will make it a more sophisticated platform, what may explain the fact only some markets will get it. Cars with UHSS are lighter, but also more expensive. The Nissan Kicks already uses an upgraded V platform, with new suspensions and new front and rear axles, as well as high strength steel.
The new Juke will appear next year, after Nissan reveals the first CMF B car, the next generation Micra/March. It will use a 1.0 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, a 1.5 turbodiesel and a 1.6 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, which will probably be the top of the range option. It would also be very welcome to the Kicks, but, as a budget crossover, we doubt it will ever get it. Another option for a high-end Juke will be a hybrid version, probably equipped with the powertrain of the Gripz concept shown above.
The main image in this article comes from the Japanese magazine Best Car. It has a terrific record in getting renderings right, so expect the new Juke to look very much like that.