In the summer of 2020, the Nissan Ariya electric crossover was unveiled in Japan. It should go on sale in mid-2021. At the same time, Nissan is already preparing a more compact electric model, which will be the size of the Juke.
The novelty will be built on the same modular CMF-EV architecture. According to Helen Perry, head of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe, the company would not have invested heavily in the development of the CMF-EV if it were not flexible and suitable for different classes of electric trains.
In an interview with Auto Express, Nissan Europe General Manager for Production Planning Nicolas Bozek noted that the electric sibling Juke will also receive Nissan’s proprietary E-4ORCE all-wheel drive system, based on the use of separate electric motors for the front and rear axis. Precision torque control helps to suppress roll when cornering, he says, allowing the car to stay stable when cornering as well as when braking hard.
While representatives of Nissan have not called the exact timing of the release of the younger brother of Nissan Ariya on the market. Meanwhile, direct competitors are already represented in Europe: Peugeot e-2008, Vauxhall Mokka-e and Hyundai Kona Electric.
Of course, it will not do without front-wheel drive modifications. Moreover, given the massive transition of Europeans to electric transport, this version is likely to be the most popular, since it will be cheaper.
Thanks to the optimized layout, the new crossover will be more spacious than the Juke. The older version is predicted to use a 63 kW * h battery, providing a range of about 400 km.