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.

more photos...

Image Credits: CarPix for CarScoops



  • 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.

Ferrari 488 Pista Laps The Top Gear Track In A Record 1:12.7

The Ferrari 488 Pista features a twin-turbo V8 with a brutal 711 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.

BMW Unlikely To Chase Mercedes-AMG’s A45 S With 1-Series M Hatch

The BMW 1-Series range will likely be topped out by the M135i.

2020 Mercedes GLA Compact Crossover Is The A-Class You’ll Most Likely Buy

The new generation of the popular Mercedes GLA is rumored to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Bowlus Road Chief ‘Endless Highways’ Is A $185k Retro Travel Trailer Bathed In Chrome

The Bowlus Road Chief ‘Endless Highways’ will set you back $185,000.

Kia Driver Cuts Off Rider Who Lands On Hood, Then Angrily Smashes Windshield

Even though the driver was at fault, the rider had plenty of time to take evasive action.

Netflix’s Animated ‘Fast & Furious’ Series Is Coming, Here’s The Trailer

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers will be focused on the cousin of Dominic Toretto.

Is The 2020 Ford Explorer As Good As The Figures Suggest?

The new Ford Explorer sounds impressive on paper but now it’s time to find out what it’s like on the real world.

Tesla Arcade Launches With Beach Buggy Racing 2

Tesla’s new Beach Buggy Racing 2 game will make charging that much more enjoyable.

2020 BMW Z4 M40i Delivers Some Mighty Impressive Figures On The Dyno

This 2020 BMW Z4 M40i pumped out 373 hp through the rear wheels.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Commands A £30,000 Premium Over The Coupe In UK

The new Mercedes roadster comes with 577hp and a 197mph top speed.