The trend is for the third SUV

Paris, February 2, 2015

Renault has the Captur offered since 2013 been a small SUV on the market. And the compact class is covered with the Koleos. But the French are still in front of a third model, which is supposed to enhance the crossover range. The newcomer heard by the manufacturer in the compact segment and is positioned between Captur and Koleos. However, in our view, the car could well be the Koleos successor, who is truly in Germany with 1,000 copies sold annually, not even no successful model.

Technical basis: CMF-C / D aka Qashqai

The new model is called Kadjar and is based on the CMF-C / D platform ( Common Module Family, C / D segment ), on the touches, the current Qashqai from Nissan Group partners. Speaking Platform: The Koleos is also based on a Nissan - based, namely the X-Trail, while the Captur on the small car Clio touches. Visually, the Kadjar strongly reminiscent of the latter model ?? especially the front. But laterally incident buckling up on the window line. The rear reminds then back to the Captur, even if the lights are drawn further into the flank.

Variable boot floor

The Captur is significantly shorter than the newcomer with 4.45 meters with 4.12 meters, the distance to 4.52 meters long Koleos is not, however, very large. The trunk of the Kadjar holds 472 liters when the variable shelf is in the down position. In the up position a completely flat load floor should arise. The ground clearance is quite lush 19 centimeters, underride guards protect the underbody. The angle of repose are given with 18 (front) and 25 degrees (rear).

Front-or all-wheel drive

The Kadjar is offered with front-and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel version gives the driver the choice between three modes: Auto, Lock, and 2WD. There are no official figures on the engines, but expect to have the engines from the Qashqai: two gasoline turbo engine with 115 and 163 hp and two diesel with 110 and 130 hp. In addition, Renault promises modern technology such as the multimedia system R-Link 2 and LED headlights. Also safety helper as a emergency brake assist, a lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and a rearview camera are on the French.

Launch in early summer

The name Kadjar commemorates the terrain quads, but also to the French words agile ( Agile) and jaillir ( splash ). Show premiere, the Kadjar at the Geneva Motor Show ( March 5 to 15 2015), market launch is in early summer 2015. Prices have not yet been named. When Nissan Qashqai they start at just 20,000 euros. Main competitors will be in addition to the Nissan Qashqai and bestsellers such as the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga . ( sl)