Renault is engaged on a small crossover/SUV based mostly upon the Clio hatchback, as evidenced by photos from our spy photographers. Right here, it seems that the French producer is taking goal on the likes of the Ford Fiesta Energetic, adopting the components of making use of a taller stance and related SUV styling cues to a B-segment hatchback, right here with roof rails and – probably – darkish plastic cladding for the off-road look.
But to be bestowed an official identify, the Clio-based crossover has been tipped to utilise the CMF-B platform that’s set to be used with the upcoming Clio, which ought to embrace the brand new 1.three litre turbo petrol engine which is shared with the brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. This presents 115 hp at four,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm in base type, as much as 160 hp at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm from 1,750 Nm in its most potent guise.
Camouflage on the take a look at mule photographed right here means there isn’t very a lot revealed about the way it could differ from the Clio it’s based mostly upon, save for its taller trip top. On the entrance, the crossover take a look at mule seems to omit the Clio’s foglamps, which have been seen to be positioned on the corners of the bumper on the hatchback.
Whereas the forthcoming Clio is tipped for an October debut on the Paris Motor Present, this crossover model will seemingly arrive afterward. At the moment, Renault’s entrant within the B-segment crossover/SUV realm is the Captur, which has been noticed testing in future coupe crossover guise.
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