Nissan first announced in 2008 that it would launch a new compact crossover in 2010 to be manufactured at its Sunderland plant in the UK alongside the current Qashqai crossover (a European version of the Rogue). Then, last year, Nissan unveiled its radically-designed Qazana Concept, which previewed the new compact crossover.

Today, the Japanese automaker has confirmed the new model will be called the “Juke” and has released this teaser shot.

Set to go on sale in Europe this autumn, the Juke crossover will be revealed on February 10 before heading to the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Nissan Juke will inject some much-needed dynamism into the small car segment, offering European car-buyers an alternative to the traditional hatchback. The vehicle is a very important model for Nissan in the UK as it will fill the production void left by the Micra minicar, whose production is being moved to plants in Japan and India.

Sadly, there are currently no plans to introduce the Juke in the North American market.

[Nissan]