The Juke will be replaced by the Kicks.The Nissan Juke will be a one-hit wonder in the United States, according to a new report.Sources familiar with Nissan's product plan told The Truth About Cars that the second-generation Juke won't be sold on our shores. Sales peaked at 38,184 units in 2014, but only 19,577 examples were sold last year. That's partly because the styling isn't as novel as it was when the Juke debuted, and the model is undeniably starting to show its age.
A market-specific version of the Kicks (pictured) sold in a handful of Latin American countries will take the torch from the Juke. The two models are about the same size, but the Kicks features more conventional proportions and a tamer look.
In Latin America, the Kicks is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at just 114 horsepower. TTAC has learned the U.S.-spec variant will get the same turbocharged 1.6-liter currently found under the hood of the Juke. The mill makes 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission options will likely include a six-speed manual and a CVT. Unlike the Juke, the Kicks will only be offered with front-wheel drive.
The current-generation Juke will be deep-sixed either at the end of this model year, or after the 2018 model year. We expect the U.S.-spec variant of the Kicks will be unveiled at a major auto show in the coming months. Nothing is official, however, and Nissan hasn't commented on what the future holds for its funky-looking soft-roader.