The current Nissan Juke went into production in June 2010, so it’s been almost 9 years since it first came to real life. Over the years there have been updates to keep it fresh. Juke was one of those polarising cars; either loved, or hated. Nothing in-between. The new-generation model aims to be more loved than hated, as these spy pics will prove.

Well we cannot see much underneath the hideous camouflage at the moment, but judging from recent Nissan design from the likes of Micra, Nissan will tone it down a bit, but still keep it edgy. For example, the pairing of the sharp headlights on the bonnet with circular foglights below them makes a return, obviously both redesigned. Nissan’s new front grille from the Micra will make its appearance. The side profile remains coupe-like, where the roofline immediately begins to slope sharply towards the rear. Rear door handles have been kept hidden on the C-pillar. Rear lights are also new, as is the bumper, while the rear window surface remains relatively small.

It is expected that a number of engines will form the basis of the car’s powertrain, including the company 1.0-litre and 1.6 turbo petrol. The 1.5-litre turbo diesel should also find its way into the mix, as might a plug-in hybrid. Both 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered with the Juke. It would be nice to see an attainable performance Nissan in Mzansi again, say a 150kW or so Juke NISMO. Just saying.

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