The new model will be known as Kadjar, which is described as a combination of ‘quad’ for ‘go anywhere four-wheel vehicle’ and the French words ‘agile’ and ‘jaillir’, which represent agility and “emerging suddenly from somewhere”.
Details on the Kadjar are still to be revealed, but, as a small SUV, it will likely slot in between the compact Captur (due here in February) and the next-generation Koleos.
The platform that underpins the Qashqai and X-Trail is also expected to support the Kadjar and new Koleos, building on the shared architectures of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
If the Qashqai is any indication of the Kadjar’s size, we can expect a wheelbase of around 2646mm, with an overall length in the neighbourhood of 4520mm.
Likewise, utilising the stretched version that underpins the X-Trail, the next Koleos’s wheelbase should grow from 2690mm to around 2705mm.
Watch for more on the Kadjar to surface in the lead-up to its February 2 unveiling - at about the same time the Captur makes its Australian debut.