Renault will be offering new models to fill the space in its range due to the departure of the aging and slow-selling models. One of the most exciting new models is a Nissan Juke version that was inspired by the Captur concept seen at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This is the result of the alliance between Renault and Nissan.
Renault is hoping to appeal to a new set of customers (just like what Nissan has achieved with the Juke). Renault had pared down its existing range and had also discontinued the poor-selling Koleos crossover, which has only sold 3,000 units in the UK. This new model will make its debut in early 2013 so in the meantime, there are illustrations to provide the public with an idea on the appearance of this new model.
It’s obviously a very good-looking vehicle, with the curvy shape of the Renault Captur and the chunky elements of a crossover. The front of this model has the latest wide grille of Renault that has the distinctive diamond badge at the center.
Similar to the Juke, this new model will be offered with four-wheel drive in flagship form. However, the front-wheel drive vehicles make up the majority of cars. The new SUV will be using the same engines as the Juke, including the range-topping 1.6-litre turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel.
There are two other Renault SUVs coming. Renault has a plan to offer a new mid-sized model that’s based on the next-generation Nissan Qashqai and a bigger car based on the approaching replacement for the Nissan X-Trail, which was previewed by the Hi-Cross concept at the latest Geneva Motor Show.
Peugeot also means to expand its SUV range. Peugeot is prioritizing a 208-based SUV (which is dubbed the 2008) over developing the hot GTI and CC cabrio versions of this car. Audi is prepared to continue the success that it has had with the Q3 by launching the Q1, an A1-based model that is its smallest crossover ever.
Nissan Juke’s lower part is, from a design standpoint, pure SUV, complete with chunky wheels, extended ground clearance, wide tyres, and a robust stance. Its top portion, meanwhile, is an unadulterated sports car, complete with high waistline, coupé-style falling roofline, and slim side glass graphics that is visor-like. This coupé effect is further highlighted by rear doors with handles hidden in the door frame.
This sports car theme continues through the interior, with a driver-focused cabin that is dominated by a center console whose design got inspiration from a motorcycle fuel tank. Its ‘bike’ console, which boasts a distinctive high-gloss color finish, adds a sense of fun. Practicality is likewise assured through the rear-opening hatch as well as the versatile luggage area that offers hidden storage opportunities.
Nissan Juke is based on the B platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and has a 2530-millimeter wheelbase. In its front-wheel drive models, the Juke’s suspension at the front is achieved by the use of MacPherson struts with torsion beam at its rear. Meanwhile, its four-wheel drive versions boast a multi-link suspension at its rear that is modelled on the Qashqai system.
The All-Mode 4x4-i, on the other hand, has been developed from the carmaker’s respected electronic AWD system and features a torque vectoring technology that improves agility as well as reduces understeer when cornering.
Three different engines are going to be available in Europe when sales kick off later in the year: two 1.6-liter petrol engines and one diesel unit, all Euro 5 compliant. A turbo-charged petrol engine with direct injection is top of the range. This engine is one of its class’ most powerful, delivering 140kW and 240 Nm. Direct injection combined with a turbocharger generates the power and the responses that are expected from a 2.5-liter engine, but with a smaller engine’s economy.