According to a report filed in April 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 is possible if EV demand evolves, the upcoming Nissan electric car in question is likely to co-exist with the Juke, introduced in 2019.
Nissan aims 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, X-Trail e-Power and the forthcoming Juke sized EV.
Nissan has teased the new EV just recently, and this is what we know so far.
In terms of design, the new EV will look like the Nissan Ariya, just lower and flatter and more coupe-like. Some would say that this is Nissan’s take on the Renault Arkana but with more dramatic proportions. However, what we see in the teaser images could be just a concept, and the final SUV will be a more budget-friendly EV with economic configurations costing between EUR 30,000 and EUR 35,000. On the other hand, a higher configuration could see the SUV compete with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.5.
We know that Nissan has been working on the CMF-EV – an alliance platform that debuted with the Ariya. Now, while the specifications are still unknown, based on the Ariya, we could speculate that the new EV will be capable of over 500 km (311 miles) in the WLTP cycle. The Ariya features an 87 kWh battery pack with 130 kW fast charging. But the model is a few years away, so a 200 kW fast-charging capability is not far-fetched.
The batteries themselves are expected to be sourced from the new Gigafactory that Envision AESC is planning to construct in Douai, France, in 2024. On the CMF-EV platform, a Nissan electric SUV larger than the Ariya is also reportedly in development.
Nissan’s Investment in the UK
To produce the new SUV at the Sunderland plant (which currently makes the Qashqai, Juke and Leaf), Nissan has promised to invest up to GBP 423 million (approximately EUR 492 million). Nissan isn’t talking about other production locations, but its annual production forecast currently sits at 100,000.
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.
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