While the world has its eye fixed on the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, Renault has just teased its all-new C-segment offering slated for the Moscow Motor Show in August this year. We know little details about the mid-size offering. The high-rider would, however, be part of Renaults ‘Drive The Future’ plan. Reportedly, Last year Renault had expressed plans to introduce a new SUV for markets like Russia, China, South Korea and Brazil.
The new midsize coupe-SUV will borrow parts from its elder sibling Captur. The released teaser hints towards new Megane like cosmetics. Unlike the soft and curvy Captur, the new coupe-SUV will be sharper. If not the design, the new offering will, however, inherit the Captur ’s dual-platform strategy.
The French Automakers dual strategy is fairly new and came into effect post the global launch of the Captur or the Kaptur (as they spell it in Russia) in 2016. The new coupe-SUV will also tread on similar lines. While the Euro variants will be underpinned by the CMF C-D platform, the India bound variant will rest on the Renault-Nissan partnership’s C-D platform. In addition to the distinct platforms, both the compact-SUV offering will carry contrasting design and style.
For the time being there is no official announcement about an India launch. But the C-D platform is now locally manufactured in the country which must be an ideal cost-effective reason to introduce the new offering in India as well. The new coupe high rider could be the French Automakers entry into the compact SUV segment in INDIA. If introduced the new coupe-SUV will lock horns with the likes of Jeep Compass as well as other marquee players like the Tata H5X, Skoda Karoq, and the Hyundai Tucson. Reportedly, MG’s debut product slated for a 2019 launch is also a coupe-crossover.