The current Nissan Juke has been around for quite some time, and the B-segment crossover is due to be succeeded this year. This, then, appears to be it, the successor to the instantly recognisable model which has been soldiering on in its facelift guise.

The next-generation Nissan Juke development vehicle seen here is very close to production readiness, according to our spy photographer source, with a touchscreen infotainment system making an appearance inside courtesy of components and likely a platform (Common Modular Platform-B, or CMF-B) shared with the latest March/Micra hatchback, the source adds.

The Juke’s exterior silhouette will remain a distinctive one, with a two-tier lighting arrangement carried over to the forthcoming new model here, though with a slimmer upper pair which departs from the 370Z-esque sculpting of before. The front end gets the more prominent central grille, such as on the facelifted X-Trail.

Further along, key visual traits such as the sloping roofline and broad shoulder line continue to distinguish just below the similar C-pillar-mounted door handles, and around to the back, the tail lamps on the forthcoming Juke appears to somewhat mimic the lines of those on the March/Micra.

Its CMF-B platform is also shared with the just-launched Renault Captur, and consequently likely to also share that car’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol and 1.5 litre four-pot turbo diesel, along with the 1.6 litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

Additions also expected include the ProPilot suite for partially autonomous driving, which should have a few traits in common with the Renault Easy Drive suite in the Captur for its own Level 2 autonomous capabilities.