Would You Buy an All-Electric Nissan Juke?
Nissan’s quirky-looking Juke could be going electric. This is a report coming out of the UK from Autocar. Would you buy a Juke EV if Nissan builds one? It could be a possibility they will be in showrooms as Nissan looks to expand their EV offerings around the globe. What does the Japanese automaker have in mind?
According to the report, the Japanese automaker has the capability to accommodate multiple EV platforms in their crossover vehicles that would come from their Leaf EV. Gareth Dunsmore, director of the Nissan’s zero-emission business unit told Autocar, “We’re leaders in crossovers and a leader with Leaf and we will combine those two in the future.”
A trio of Nissan EVs
Nissan is definitely looking into the possibility of using their EV platform from the Leaf and adapt it to the Juke and their Qashqai small crossover that’s sold in Europe. They would then have a trio of EV vehicles with two offerings in the U.S. market, the Leaf and Juke. We aren’t sure if Nissan will bring the Qashqai to North American shores. If they do, it will compete with smaller SUVs like the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5. Currently, Nissan only offers the larger Rogue.
PAGE 2: Juke has more to offer than the Leaf
Nissan does sell the Juke in the U.S, and sales are more than double that of the electric Leaf. It could make sense for Nissan to offer the Juke with an EV drivetrain here. Small crossover sales are hot and it could be the perfect match for the sporty vehicle. It offers dynamic handling, raised ground height, and available all-wheel drive, things the Leaf doesn’t offer. It features a unique exterior look that you either hate or love.
Nissan’s Leaf sales are down close to 40 percent in the U.S. in the first 5 months of 2016 over last year. It could be time for Nissan to build a trio of EV vehicles with the small Juke SUV being one of them. Would you buy one if they did?
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