These images show that Renault is out to get Ford’s new Fiesta Active by creating a small supermini-based crossover of their own, albeit one with a less aggressive styling than the next-generation Clio.
Whether the vehicle will be called Clio ‘Something’ or have a completely different moniker altogether is unknown. Either way, small crossovers in Europe are clearly not going anywhere.
The upcoming Renault pseudo-SUV is clearly smaller than pretty much all sub-compact crossovers in Europe such as the Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka or Ford Ecosport. This means that the Renault will also be aimed at young buyers who mostly need something to get around in an urban environment, but with a slightly more generous ground clearance than your typical supermini.
Compared to the next-gen Clio, its styling appears a little less dynamic, with possibly fewer design creases running along its profile. To compensate, the crossover prototype features a roof rack and will probably come with some plastic cladding for the wheel arches.
Like the upcoming fifth-gen Clio, this slightly more rugged alternative should also boast modern connectivity options inside, a large portrait-style infotainment display like the one in the Megane, Level 2 autonomy and possibly a digital instrument cluster.
As for its engine range, some type of mild-hybrid option could be available, while existing 0.9-liter TCe petrol units will reportedly be replaced by newer 1.0-liter engines – at least on the new Clio. This means that the 1.3-liter turbo petrol developed in conjunction with Daimler could also be on the cards.
Seen as how this is the first time our spy photographers have come across this prototype in the wild, odds are we’ll have to wait until 2019 for its official unveiling.