Nissan Juke rival coming, with sporty MPVs to follow
5 April 2012

Renault will enter the crossover market with its version of the Nissan Juke and plans to follow it with at least two cars based on the R-Space ‘sporty MPV’ concept shown at the 2011 Geneva motor show.

The Juke alternative will take styling cues from the Captur concept, also shown at Geneva last year, and is due to arrive next year.

See the Renault R-Space concept

Buoyed by the positive response to the R-Space, Renault thinks the concept could spawn two road cars. One could be the next iteration of the Scénic.

The other would be “something a bit more sturdy, with genuine off-road capability”, said Renault’s Stephen Norman. That vehicle could take the place of the Koleos, which will be six years old when the new car appears in 2014.

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5 April 2012

Take the space of the Koleos? How much would it take to fill that, I wonder.

5 April 2012

While I normally don't like on-road SUVs (and detest the Qashqow and Joke), I actually like this concept. It has hints of the Avantime / Vel Satis about it, Renault at their best creatively.

Does it complement the Megane, or is it the UK replacement for the Laguna?

5 April 2012

UK replacement for the Laguna? Neither would it take much to fill that space, and as for the notion that Avantime and Vel Satis were the best at anything....

5 April 2012

I'm really not expecting much from this.

5 April 2012

The Laguna was a strong seller in the mk1 version. Reliability let them down on the mk2/3 versions.

Avantime and Vel Satis were distinctive at the very least. And looking at the Renault concept picture makes me think that we are now living in "the future". (As in, 20/30 years ago some of the concepts and cars on sale today would be the designs of sci fi films!)

5 April 2012

Distinctive is one word for it. Several bits fell off the Avantime I borrowed and Renault needs to get the basics right - matching Korean reliability and quality control would be a good place to start - before making any more attempts to impress would-be buyers with notional ideas of Gallic style and panache.

6 April 2012

Renault can harp on about new concepts and all that but they need to get the basics right first.Sales will continue to slide until they grasp that nettle.

6 April 2012

They have to go with what sells, 5-door hatchs and 4-door saloons from 'volume' brands are massively on the slide. Renault have to go with the flow, if that's crossover platform engineered stuff from Nissan then that's what they've got to do.

It's tables turned for Renault, a few years ago they bailed out Nissan with this Alliance...

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