Juke is discontinued in the USA. However, this cute crossover is still part of Nissan’s lineup in other markets. And it is quite popular, more than its new sibling across the ocean. The second generation debuted this year and we don’t expect huge cosmetic changes on the 2021 Nissan Juke. Still, the new model might introduce the fresh powertrain. If it gets enough muscles, we could see the NISMO version. For some while fans can read about this one, but the Japanese company is not confirming it yet.
For the new series of the small crossover, Nissan downsized all the engines for the first-gen edition. Now, the Juke is getting power only from a 1.0-liter turbo I-3. Well, next season should bring us more options, even if these are not Nismo. On the other hand, the crossover kept its attractive and bold look. Updates made it even more aggressive. The new 2021 Nissan Juke will change a few details to refresh the appearance.
Engines and Specs
A 1.0-liter inline-three powerplant continues the work under the bonnet of the 2021 Nissan Juke. Well, that is the only available engine for now. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a seven-speed CVT is optional. The crossover is not offering an all-wheel drive. The transmission is sending power to the front axle. Total output from a small displacement is impressive with 120 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Have in mind its volume is only 1 liter. On the other hand, the engine will surprise you with the efficiency, returning nearly 50 mpg.
Searching for other possibilities, we are looking at Nissan Kicks lineup. The standard setup includes a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. However, Juke dropped this one when the new generation arrived. It is likely that the US crossover will follow the steps of its European brother and get an inline-three mill. Kicks also offers a 1.5-liter four-pot engine in China and a hybrid configuration in some other Asian countries. Still, none of these is confirmed for the upcoming 2021 Nissan Juke.
2021 Nissan Juke Nismo
When someone mentions Nismo vehicle, performance-oriented cars are the first thing coming to the minds of fans. However, Nissan is not taking advantage of this badge as much as it could do. The first model appeared more than 30 years ago. The Japanese carmaker upgraded its GT-R32 car. Now, the 2021 Nissan Juke might go through tuning. Not only that drivetrain is getting a boost, but also the look is going to be enhanced.
We can pick a few possibilities for the engine room, but the most likely is a 1.6-liter displacement. Properly equipped, it will deliver more than 200 ponies, and make the crossover run to 60 mph in about 7 seconds. A 2.0-liter turbo seems to be too big for the small SUV. Of course, engineers will also have a lot of work on the body, including spoilers, hood, side skirts, and exhaust. The Nismo version will be lower than the standard model, allowing better handling and a sportier ride.
2021 Nissan Juke Styling, Equipment
The new Juke debuted late in 2019. So, it is obvious that the company is not going to update the look of its smallest crossover in the next few years. The first impressions are positive, although the Juke is not radically different than in previous seasons. The mini SUV drew the attention of buyers with its appearance, and it won’t disappoint you with its interior dimensions and offer of special equipment.
Well, the base version is not offering too much, but it is still a cool vehicle. The room is a major problem, especially if you have a large family. Juke seats five persons. The rear-seat space is not too generous. On the other hand, the size of the 2021 Nissan Juke is perfect for urban areas and tight parking spots.
The look of the 2021 Nissan Juke is still futuristic, while the US version, Kicks, is more classic. The lack of interior space is not covered by a 20 percent boost in the cargo room compared to the previous edition. The new Nismo will definitely improve the chances of the crossover in the tough market. The carmaker will face Toyota CH-R and Honda H-RV, while the luxurious class is being dominated by German carmakers, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, and Audi Q3.
When Will 2021 Nissan Juke Be Available?
The crossover is new and the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush with its debut. The focus is on other, larger models. Nissan plans to update most of its lineup for the upcoming two seasons. We will see new Pathfinder, Armada, Patrol, sports cars, and trucks. The only thing that could turn the Juke into the spotlight is the Nismo model. The performance crossover is being expected for the last few seasons, and its debut will definitely wake up the market.