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Nissan X-trail and Juke to have electric versions

22 June 2016

Nissan has commented about the possibility of adding an electric powertrain to its top-selling crossovers and SUVs.

While the current EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf, are built on dedicated platforms, the brand’s Director of zero-emission business unit, Gareth Dunsmore said that the “next step is a platform fit for EVs from day one.

We’re leaders in crossovers and a leader with Leaf and we will combine those two in the future“, Dunsmore said. “I hope EV stands up within that [platform] and people see it as environmentally friendly, fun and cost-efficient.

There are no more details on the new zero-emission vehicles coming from Nissan, but the next-generation Juke is expected to debut in 2017. This will come with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel units. A plug-in hybrid powertrain and a range-topping 1.6-liter turbo, tipped to be taken from the Renault Clio RS 220 and mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox are also expected.

The X-Trail is in its third generation, and the SUV is offered with a selection of petrol and diesel units, connected to either a 6-speed manual, six-speed auto or a CVT, while a hybrid has been available in Japan, since 2015.