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 |  Aug 17 2011, 7:14 AM

It may just be the ugliest car on the market, but there’s little else wrong with the Nissan Juke. The sub-compact crossover has captured the hearts of auto journalists and delivers a level of driving fun perfectly suited to its targeted demographic of young urban males. So far, its only rival in the marketplace is the significantly more expensive MINI Countryman, but that could all change soon with Chevrolet reportedly considering a rival to the sporty softroader.

Much like how the Juke borrows its underpinnings from the sub-compact Versa, the Chevy version would be built on that brand’s entry-level Gamma architecture, which is currently being used for the new Sonic.

GM’s plans at present call for two new crossovers based on that architecture, with an MPV van that seats seven, and a new five-seat crossover. The Juke rival would then be in addition to these and would reportedly feature “heritage Chevrolet design cues,” (yuck!) similar to the HHR.

As for the engine, look for a version of the turbocharged 4-cylinder currently used in both the Cruze and Sonic.

[Source: GMI]