Can You Tell What’s Hiding Under This Renault Mule?

A mysterious Renault prototype was spotted in a frozen car park wearing the bodyshell of the Kadjar SUV, inviting a fairly obvious question: what is Renault working on?

The most obvious answer to this question is that this is a testbed for the next-generation Kadjar but something tells us that it might not be the case.

The test mule appears to have wider tracks than the current Kadjar, making use of plastic fenders on the huge wheel wells.

The lack of an exhaust coming out from the back might lead some people into assuming that this is an electric prototype, but look closely on the image showing the rear floor and you’ll see that the car does have an exhaust fitted just in front of the rear axle.

The same shot reveals that the test mule was equipped with a rear-wheel steering system, a feature that Renault is using in current models like the Talisman and the Megane RS.

The French automaker is planning to use the feature on more models in the future, which makes sense as it will give them an advantage in terms of handling and maneuverability.

Whatever Renault’s plan with this mule is, we’ll be following them closely to find out more information so stay tuned.

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  • Evo45

    It’s actually shorter too, maybe it’s a new Captur/some new Dacia in short Kadjar body.

    • Matt

      Doubt they would be fitting the expensive RWS system into Dacia models.

  • Roland Fairwater

    Could be the “more refined” Duster for Russia?

    • Miknik

      My first guess too, but RWS and no exhaust system point at some EV, and more expensive one too.

      • lucas

        There’s the exhaust. Maybe is a 4×4 hybrid version.

        • Miknik

          The very short exhaust system makes me more think range extender or something like that.

  • Jp

    Perhaps the next gen Rogue / Qashqai / X-Trail? Current gen is getting old

  • Paulo_Mathias32
  • Miknik

    Well, given the absence of any exhaust system, I’d say a bespoke EV, probably a Zoe CUV….

  • AnaIvanovic

    The window line looks almost exactly like the old Mazda CX-7’s.

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