2022 Nissan Juke Hybrid promises 80% electric urban driving

The Nissan Juke compact SUV will be available as a hybrid for the first time in its history

Nissan Juke Hybrid

Buyers will soon be able to order a Nissan Juke Hybrid for the first time since the model launched. While the Japanese manufacturer was early to market with fully electric models like the Nissan Leaf, it has been slow to electrify the rest of the range – a process that’s now gaining momentum with the popular Nissan Qashqai and forthcoming Nissan Ariya.

By 2023, Nissan plans to have a fully electrified range. It says the Juke Hybrid should return 40% better fuel consumption than the purely petrol model currently in showrooms. In urban environments, Nissan claims up to 80% of driving can be completed with the electric motor. 

The hybrid setup is shared with the Renault Captur E-TECH, thanks to an alliance between the brands. It uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 93bhp and an electric motor producing 48bhp. Their 141bhp combined output will make this the most potent Juke in the range. The electric motor is powered by a 1.2kWh battery with liquid cooling, and both power sources use an automatic gearbox derived from Formula 1 technology.

Nissan says the Juke Hybrid will always start using electric power, and provide an ‘EV-like’ driving experience. Provisional figures suggest it’ll be capable of 54mpg with CO2 emissions from 118g/km, which compare to 58.9mpg and 110g/km for the Kia Niro Hybrid.

Drivers will be able to adjust the level of regenerative braking, with Sport mode producing stronger deceleration and feeding more energy back into the battery. Eco and Normal modes will also affect the steering weight, engine response and climate control. The Juke Hybrid will get a form of Nissan’s ‘e-Pedal’, which allows the speed of the car to almost entirely be controlled using just the accelerator pedal. However, unlike some electric cars, this will only slow the Juke to 3mph, so the brake pedal will still be needed to bring it to a halt.

There are some exterior changes, too, including Nissan’s latest logos and a black piece of trim at the leading edge of the bonnet, along with a smaller grille. The Hybrid doesn’t require as much cooling, so a shutter is also fitted to close the grille and reduce drag when fresh air isn’t required.

New 17-inch and optional 19-inch alloy wheels are available, there’s ‘Hybrid’ badging on the front doors and a myriad of small aerodynamic tweaks (including beneath the car) have been designed to help the crossover slip through the air, including a new rear spoiler.

Inside, the biggest change is a new set of instruments, replacing the rev counter with a dial to show power usage and the level of regenerative charging as the car slows down. A seven-inch screen in the instrument cluster can also show the flow of energy between the combustion engine, electric motor and battery pack to the wheels.

Unfortunately, practicality has taken a hit in the Juke Hybrid, with a 68-litre reduction in boot size from the petrol version, to 354 litres, due to the presence of the battery. Fold down the rear seats and there’s 1,237 litres of loading space, while rear kneeroom is unchanged, at 553mm.

Going on sale this summer, the Juke Hybrid doesn’t yet have an official list price, but it’s likely to start from around £24,500 when it arrives to face the Kia Niro Hybrid and Renault Captur E-TECH.

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