Second B-segment SUV model will help bolster French brand's sales in fastest-growing market sector
14 June 2019

Renault will join brands such as Vauxhall, Citroën and Ford by offering two similar-sized small crossover models in its future line-up. 

Rumoured as early as 2017, the the French brand is developing a sibling to the soon to be revealed Mk2 Captur and could reveal it in 2020. 

A Clio-based prototype has recently been spotted testing in Spain, where Renault builds the Captur in its Valladolid factory. The car featured a significantly raised body, larger-diameter wheels and tyres and an widened track, suggesting the outgoing Clio bodywork is covering an adapted platform.

While unconfirmed, it’s expected Renault will employ the CMF-B platform used by the new Clio and Captur. The firm could offer a sportier, driver-focused alternative to the former, like Ford will with the Puma alongside the Ecosport.

Like the new Captur, such a model would be offered with petrol, diesel and a plug-in hybrid ‘E-Tech’ variant, offering zero-emissions driving and increased performance. 

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Vauxhall offers the practicality-focused Crossland X and style-oriented Mokka X in the same segment, while Citroën has the C3 Aircross and C4 Cactus occupying a similar market position but appealing to different audiences. 

B-SUVs, or compact SUVs, such as the Captur are the most popular category of SUVs, accounting for 41% of the market last year, according to research firm Jato. Offering multiple models would allow Renault to cover more of the market, with the Captur already one of the best-sellers in the class. 

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