Nissan plots sub-Ariya, Juke-size electric SUV [Update]

According to a report on Auto Express, next on Nissan’s electrification agenda is a compact electric SUV, the size of the Nissan Juke. While company officials have already told the publication that a Juke electric vehicle itself is possible if EV demand evolves, the upcoming Nissan electric car in question is likely to co-exist with the current Juke, which was introduced in 2019.

Nissan is aiming to make one million electric cars (which includes pure EVs and its e-Power range of hybrids) by 2023, and the key to this goal will be products like the Nissan Ariya, Qashqai e-Power, and the forthcoming Juke sized EV.

The picture above, courtesy of KDesign AG, shows how a Nissan Juke-sized EV may look like. The pure electric small SUV design is apparently inspired by that of the Nissan Ariya, as evident in the four-element thin LED headlamps, the black “shield,” the electrified V-motion signature, and the vertical air intakes on the bumper. Like on the all-electric compact SUV, the front shield, in place of a traditional radiator grille, features geometric patterns and is emblazoned with an illuminated Nissan logo. The actual model is unlikely to be designed this close to the Nissan Ariya, though.

2020 Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke-size EV will co-exist with the current Juke. Image: Nissan.

Nissan would utilize the alliance’s CMF-EV architecture which underpins the Ariya to build the Juke-sized EV. Nissan Europe’s general manager for product planning, Nicolas Bozek, told the publication that future EVs from the carmaker would see the E-4ORCE electric four-wheel-drive system. This technology would be “interesting” on a B-segment vehicle, which the Juke-sized EV is.

The E-4ORCE system uses individual electric motors fitted to each wheel, offering AWD and other functions like torque vectoring and braking while cornering to aid stability. Entry-level variants of the Juke-sized EV will undoubtedly offer only a front-wheel drive layout, similar to the Ariya.

Production Nissan Ariya interior dashboard
The Nissan Juke-size EV will get a flat floor similar to the Ariya (pictured) and will have better interior space than the Juke. Image: Nissan

The British publication says that a flat floor will be on offer and interior space is likely to exceed that of the Juke, thanks to intelligent packaging such as relocation of the air conditioning system under the shorter bonnet.

The Juke-sized EV is likely to get the entry-level Ariya’s 63 kWh battery pack which will help give it a range of around 250 miles (400 km). On the CMF-EV platform, a Nissan electric SUV larger than the Ariya is also reportedly in development.

Nissan Juke-size EV FAQs

What is the release date of the Nissan Juke-size EV?

The Juke-size EV is expected to be revealed, at least in a concept form, next year.

What are the rivals to the Nissan Juke-size EV?

The Juke-size EV will go up against the Vauxhall Mokka-e, Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona EV.

What is the price of the Nissan Juke-size EV?

The Nissan Juke-size EV is likely to start from under EUR 35,000.

Featured image: A rendering from KDesign AG shows how the Nissan Juke-sized EV may look like. Source: behance.net/KDesign AG