Details such as the grille, narrow LED headlights and fl oating roof will shape the next wave of new models, due after Mitsubishi launches two new softroaders in 2017/2018. The new soft-roaders have been previewed by the Nissan Juke-sized EX and Nissan Qashqai-sized XR concepts.
Kunimoto describes the distinctive C-shaped front-end decoration as a “dynamic shield”. The design element was first seen at Paris in 2014, and has been used on a number of cars, including the Outlander and ASX facelifts.
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Renault's design tactics
Renault design boss Laurens van den Ackers said the new Renault Scenic had to “innovate or die” in the face of competition from crossovers. He suggested that although Renault has made serious leaps in terms of the exterior design of its cars, the interiors have lagged behind and will be the next big focus.
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Seat Leon Cupra facelift
Despite the subtlety of its recent facelift, the next Seat Leon Cupra will get even more power and be launched separately some time after the arrival of the standard Leon. The range-topping hot hatchback is expected to have more than 300bhp.
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