New Renault crossover previewed ahead of August reveal
C-segment model will first target Russia before being offered in other markets (Renault crossover).
Renault has previewed an all-new C-segment crossover that will be tasked with drastically increasing the brand’s sales in Russia, its second largest market behind France.
The model, shown in a single image ahead of its reveal at the Moscow motor show in August, is likely to be based on the Kaptur, which is a slightly larger version of the Captur that’s made for the Russian market.
A sleek front end suggests the car will be a sportier-looking variant with a coupé-like roofline to cater to tastes for swept-back crossovers. Renault’s latest design language, first demonstrated by the Mégane, has been applied to the new car’s nose, with C-shaped daytime running lights that feed out of the main headlight unit.
Russia is a key focus for Renault because it offers the French firm an almost unrivalled opportunity for growth. In 2017, 414,000 of the brand’s cars were sold in that country. That’s a 7% rise on the year before, despite the fact that Russia’s new car market shrank by 2.8%.
The new car will therefore initially be built in Moscow for the Russian market, although it will eventually be offered in other countries. The UK is unlikely to be on the list of destinations, but the car’s design similarities with the Mégane suggest future models sold here, such as the upcoming Clio, will adopt the same features.