The Nissan Juke in North America could be replaced with the Nissan Kicks. PICTURED: A technician assembles a Nissan car on the production line.
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The Nissan Juke, a subcompact crossover, won't likely be getting a second-generation release and could be on its way out of the North American market. Touted to replace the vehicle is the Nissan Kicks, which was previously released in Latin America.
A couple of sources revealed Nissan's plans to The Truth About Cars. The Nissan Juke, which rolled out in the U.S. market over seven years, has the same body type as the Nissan Kicks. American consumers, however, received the car with mixed reactions as it paled in comparison to the Kia Sportage, Jeep Cherokee, Honda HR-V or the Mazda CX-3.
The Nissan Juke has a 1.6-liter turbo four cylinder engine and goes for 188 horsepower. Its design is a mix between an SUV and a small coupe. In comparison, its competitors stuck with a classic SUV design. It appears consumers prefer the latter choice over the Juke's different look.
Compact SUVs are in demand but there hasn't been a lot for the Nissan Juke. According to Carscoops, the company sold only 986 units in the U.S. last year and it's 47.8 percent less than the sales in 2015. Its peak sales reached 38,184 units in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Nissan Kicks coming to North America will also carry a 1.6-liter turbo four cylinder engine but with a CVT or six-speed manual transmission options. It will also come with a front-wheel drive, which the Nissan Juke doesn't have, as per Left Lane News.
Nissan refused to confirm the speculations about its Juke or the coming of the Kicks stateside. When asked about this back in January, Vice President for Product Planning Michael Bunce said, "Certainly we see the opportunity for more mainstream crossovers that are less niche, and we see Honda and others in that space and are taking it very seriously," as per Wards Auto. Learn more about the Nissan Juke in the video below.