The Nissan Juke is a bit of an odd-looking thing, but despite its cramped cabin and relatively high price it actually sells in reasonable numbers.
In Australia it commands more market share than the Renault Captur, Ford EcoSport, Suzuki S-Cross and Skoda Yeti, and lags only slightly behind the Jeep Compass. Its success, it seems, is inversely proportional to its utility.
And that's just in Australia. In Europe, where city streets are tight and vehicle taxes are high, the Juke sells like hotcakes. Little surprise, then, that a successor has now been confirmed for production.
In announcing a £100 million (AU$218.5 million) upgrade for its Sunderland assembly plant in the UK, Nissan revealed that the second-generation Juke will be built there at least into the start of the next decade.
The reason for the big spend is to allow Sunderland to upgrade its tooling to handle the new CMF-B platform, which the Juke's successor and next-gen Micra will be built upon.
The plant also presently builds the Qashqai small SUV, which uses the slightly larger CMF-CD architecture.
Production of the next-generation Juke is expected to start next year with European sales beginning in the latter half of 2016.
We've yet to see what it will look like, but expect Nissan to stick with the love-it-or-hate-it styling strategy that has arguably been responsible for at least some of the Juke's success.
“The Juke’s unique design is one of the reasons Nissan is now the undisputed crossover leader, underpinning five consecutive years of sales growth in Europe," Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox said.
“With the next generation Juke now confirmed for future production, customers can be assured that Nissan is going to remain the benchmark in the crossover segment for many years to come."
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