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. 

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. 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Read our review

Car review
Renault Captur

The Renault Captur, the sister car to the Nissan Juke, offers an appealing ownership package especially after its mid-life facelift, but it isn't the last word in driving engagement

Back to top

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week