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Mike Stevens | Jan, 27 2015 | 1 Comment

Renault has revealed it will introduce its first-ever ‘C-segment’ or ‘small’ SUV next month, ahead of a Geneva Motor Show unveiling in March.

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”.

Marketing lingo aside, Renault adds that the new Kadjar name “fits seamlessly” with the company’s existing crossovers, the Koleos and the new Captur.

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 new Koleos has yet to be revealed, although it is expected that it will grow in size to mirror the relationship between Nissan’s five-seat Qashqai and the five/seven-seat X-Trail.

Above: is this the new Koleos, or the Kadjar?
Above: is this the new Koleos, or the Kadjar?

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.

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