Showing posts in the category of Renault Scoops

A Renault-Faced Illustration of the Performance Sandero RS


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RenaultSport is currently working on a performance version of the French group's Sandero hatch that is available around the world with two different snouts featuring the Renault and Dacia badges respectively.

Renault's New XBA City Car for Brazil and India Scooped


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In Western markets, Renault offers the new Twingo, co-developed with Daimler's Smart brand, but for emerging markets like India and Brazil, the French are preparing a different city car.

This is Renault's New Compact SUV Based on the Qashqai


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About a year and-a-half after we spotted Renault's engineers evaluating a mule for their next SUV with the body of a Scenic, the French firm has moved on to prototypes with production bodies.

Spied: New Renault Espace MPV Edging Closer to Paris Show World Premiere


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Can Renault re-invent the passenger minivan segment with its new generation of the Espace that will receive its world premiere at this year's Paris Motor Show in October?

New 2016 Renault Megane IV Envisioned with Clio and Captur-Inspired Design


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After six years in the market and with major competitors like the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Peugeot 308 having introduced newer models, Renault's current, third generation Megane compact series, is slowly approaching the end of the road.

All-New 2015 Renault Espace Reveals Itself in Official Patents


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After checking out our most recently available spy shots of the upcoming Renault Espace and photos of last year's Initial Paris Concept, we can say with a high degree of certainty that these official patent drawings show the actual production version of the French firm's large MPV (minivan).

Scoop: Renault Goes from Va Va Vroom to Plenty of Room with New Trafic


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Renault's engineers are performing the final tests on the new, third generation Trafic van that will be released this summer. As with the current model, it's the child of a project co-developed between the Renault-Nissan alliance and GM's Opel, with the German brand to introduce its version for the successor of the Vivaro at the same time.

New Renault Twingo Photos Look Pretty Legit [Updated]


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Update: Renault dropped a family photo of the new Twingo. More pictures and initial details will follow tonight.

What we believe to be official images of the all-new Renault Twingo, popped up on our online radar today affording us an early glimpse of the French mini, which in this author's eyes, has a kind of Renault 5 and Fiat 500 vibe to it. Whereas the former was intentional and is something that we'll no doubt hear from Renault, don't bet on the latter being mentioned…

Scoop: Renault Initiale Paris Concept Turns Into the All-New Espace


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What we have here are the first spy shots of the fifth generation of Renault's pioneering series of Espace minivans. If you haven't been following the auto show circuit, the French firm previewed the looks of its flagship people carrier with the impressive Initiale Paris Concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Scoop: Renault Warms Up Rear-Wheel Drive 2015 Twingo on the Snow


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It's that time of the year that auto manufacturers send engineers to Sweden to trial future models under harsh winter conditions. Renault brought along the upcoming 2015 Twingo that marks an interesting departure from its two predecessors, partly thanks to a newly found collaboration with Daimler and Mercedes-Benz.

Scoop: Which New Renault Model is Hidden Under This Test Mule?


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One of the best ways for automakers to conceal upcoming products during testing on public roads is to use so-called development or test mules that hide a new or modified chassis and drivetrain components under a fake body shell, typically sourced from a model currently in production.

This is the case with a new Renault prototype captured by our spy photographers this week in Northern Europe undergoing cold weather testing.

Spy Shots: The All-New, Rear-Wheel Drive Renault Twingo Mini


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Say hello to the first scoop pictures of the next Renault Twingo wearing its production outfit! Forgive our excitement on Renault's upcoming replacement for the Twingo, which may or may not keep the same name, but when was the last time that an automaker truly shuffled things up in the city car segment?

No, we're not talking about styling alone as we've seen many interesting proposals ranging from the Fiat 500 to the Mini and Opel's Adam in recent years, but (mainly) about mechanical choices as well.

New Renault Clio R.S. 200 Envisioned as a Gordini Model


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Talk about bringing back to life a famous nameplate only to dilute it by using it for special edition models with minor cosmetic tweaks. That's what Renault has been doing with the Gordini moniker for the past few years, with the once iconic French sports car brand's name now standing for a blue shade with white stripes and added equipment features.

Scoop: Alpine Reportedly Begins Field Tests of New Coupe in…Lotus Guise?


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It's not at all unusual for carmakers to cleverly disguise their future models, especially during the early development phase when they use mules to test the platform and mechanical components. These test mules combine a body of a different model with the underpinnings of an upcoming new car, and if not always, most of the times, said body comes from the same brand or at least group (i.e. this Alfa Giulietta-bodied Jeep mule).

Scoop: New Renault TwinFun Concept Looks Like a Modern Day 5 Turbo [w/Videos]


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A never-before seen Renault concept named TwinFun or TwinRun (we can't make out the fifth letter on the name placed on the tailgate), has been captured on camera while it was being filmed for what we assume to be a promo clip in the city of Madrid in Spain.

While you will be forgiven to mistake it for a Gallic Fiat 500, the presence of the mid-engine Renault 5 Turbo from the early 1980s in one of the pictures explains where the French carmaker drew its inspiration for the three-door hatch.

Spied: First Renault Test Mule for a New Compact SUV


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True, what you see in these fresh spy photos from Europe may look like a Renault Grand Scenic at first, but pay closer attention and you will see some substantial modifications such as the shorter rear overhang, the larger wheels mounted on wider tracks on both ends, and an increased ride height.

In addition, Renault engineers have also added weights on the roof and the front fenders, likely to simulate a higher weight distribution.

If you're wondering why all these changes, it's because this is a test mule for a new compact SUV to replace Renault's current Koleos, which is manufactured by Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea.

New Renault Captur Reportedly Revealed in Patent Drawings


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We already knew from the spy shots that Renault's production version of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show Captur study wouldn't be anywhere near as exciting as the concept, but if you need further proof, here's a set of patent drawings that were listed on a French forum.

The as-of-yet unnamed crossover model looks like a longer, taller, and beefier version of the fourth generation Clio, which might not be a bad thing, but it definitely leaves a lot to be desired when you compare it with the original concept.

Spy Shots: Renault Preparing Rugged-Looking Scenic Crossover


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True, Renault is a little late to the SUV and crossover party in Europe, but the French carmaker is trying to catch up with several new proposals including a production model loosely based on the Captur Concept that will share its running gear with the Nissan Juke and a new edition of this year's facelifted Scenic MPV.

As you will see in these scoops, Renaut's Scenic prototype is wearing black pads to shield the more rugged looking front and rear ends, rocker panels and wheel arch extensions.

Spied: Renault Finishing Up Development of New Clio Sport Tourer


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Renault may have slipped up by placing a naked example of a pre-production 2013 Clio Sports Tourer in an official video (later on removed) for the new generation Clio hatchback, but it's still not willing to admit defeat and continues to keep the prototype models under some seriously twisty camouflage wraps.

The new Clio Sport Tourer, which most likely will follow the example of the outgoing model and be offered under different monikers in Europe including Estate and Grand Tour, is clearly longer than the five-door hatchback with an extended rear overhang to improve the luggage area.

Le Scoop: New Renault Captur Small Crossover Based on the Nissan Juke


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The success of Nissan's crossover models such as the Juke and the Qashqai in Europe has not gone unnoticed by its partner Renault, which is now preparing to duplicate the Japanese brand's recipe staring with a junior CUV.

At the 2011 Geneva Salon, Renault hinted at its intentions to enter the small crossover segment with the fancy Captur Concept. Later on, the French automaker confirmed the development of a production model loosely inspired by the study to replace the Modus and Grand Modus small minivans in its European lineup.

Now, we have the first scoop photos of the prototype model that will lead to the production version and which was nabbed while testing in Europe. As you can see, the only resemblance to the concept is the car's front-end styling with the rest of the body being completely different.