Renault is preparing to take the lead in setting what it predicts will be the next big-hitting industry trend after the crossover SUV.
The firm believes that trend will be for sleek, high-riding five-door coupés, and Autocar understands it is working on a new concept car that will be part of a series of concepts developed over the next few years under the watch of design chief Laurens van den Acker.
With Renault’s core new-look range now complete, the manufacturer is looking to position additional models in its line-up and discover new market niches. It sees the development of the crossover as the natural next step.
The Koeru has since gone on to inspire the less extreme CX-4 production car in China, but Renault’s admiration remains for the initial concept, and that is the type of car its designers are exploring.
The Renault would, like the Mazda, be a high-riding model with a sleek body — a crossover-coupé that would be far more elegant than the path trodden by the likes of BMW with the X4 and X6 models. Renault wants to give buyers the feeling of robustness and security that comes from owning a crossover, but with the desirability of a coupé.
Renault has already started to make its more conventional models ride higher and look sportier, as with the new Scenic and Espace. Although the Scenic is still an MPV, this model gets 20in wheels and a sleeker-looking body to borrow some SUV traits without actually being one. This is the formula on which Renault is looking to build.