Renault to launch its own version of the Nissan Juke

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 3, 2012

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.

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