Renault takes the wraps off Kadjar crossover
The Renault Kadjar has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and what do you know, it looks like a pumped up version of its little brother, the Captur.
It might look like a Captur, but as far as we know it's a Nissan at heart. So far, no technical data has been released about the Kadjar but it's expected to share many components with the popular Japanese crossover as part of an alliance's between the two carmakers. Anthony Lo, Renault's vice president for exterior design, said that despite the alliance sharing the same platform, the exterior is pure Renault.
"The agreement is that everything you see is different, but we had a lot of freedom to create our own stuff. We tried to carry over everything you don't see," Lo told Autocar.
What we do know for sure is the Kadjar is very slightly larger than the Qashqai at 4.45m long, 1.84m wide and 1.6m high (versus 4.38m long, 2.07m wide and 1.59 high). It is also predicted that the new SUV will stick with the popular Qashqai engines, such as the 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesels. Both two and four-wheel-drive versions will be offered.
Renault's head of design Laurens van den Acker said: "We have the benefit of the very good engines, with low CO2 values. I think when you look at this as a package, in terms of CO2, engines, quality, design and flexibility and functionality of the interior, you have a very strong package."
Apart from that, we'll be patiently waiting to see if there are any surprises, from what so far appears to be a Captur with a Qashqai squashed inside. Further details will be unveiled closer to the car's UK showroom debut in the Autumn.