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Malcolm Flynn | Jan, 09 2013 | 0 Comments

Renault has released a new teaser of its upcoming compact SUV, ahead of its online debut later this week.

Referred to simply by its J87 internal designation for now, the production model is expected to carry the Captur moniker used by the 2011 Geneva SUV concept, and replace the slow-selling Modus compact minivan available internationally.

Renault’s teasing of the model comes hot on the heels of the Peugeot’s 2008 online debut this week, with the Renault compact SUV destined to go head-to-head with the little Pug across several markets.

Other models targeted by the Renault crossover will include Nissan’s Juke and the upcoming Ford EcoSport and Opel Mokka/Holden Trax models.

Despite showing only close-ups of details and a half front view of the new model, Renault’s teaser pic and video all-but confirm the design hinted at by leaked technical drawings last month.

This design clearly fits with Renault’s current Laurens van den Acker-led design language, with details resembling the J87’s expected Clio IV light car platform cousin and the pure-electric Zoe.

The platform and styling relationship with the Clio follows the same formula as the Peugeot 2008’s 208 light car basis, and similarly with the Corsa-based Mokka and Fiesta-based EcoSport.

Actual details are yet to be released, but the J87 is expected to use the Clio’s range of three and four cylinder petrol, and four cylinder turbodiesel engines.

Renault’s video confirms that the new model will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but more details will be available this week after the J87’s official online debut on Friday evening (Australian time).

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