With the new Kadjar now launched Renault have been seen testing a bigger SUV that is being dubbed the D crossover by industry experts and Renault themselves. The brand will be hoping the Kadjar does well in the UK so they can launch this larger car off the back off of it in 2017.
At the moment Renault are not big in the SUV market, they only have the Captur that currently sits in this popular bracket. As this is a supermini crossover Renault feel launching the larger D crossover would to be too much of a leap for UK buyers. The plan is to generate sales of the Kadjur and ease the buying public into the idea that the brand make good SUVs gently. The Kadjar seems likely to do well so you may see this successful launch of the D crossover in 2017.
The car itself is, as usual in testing, well camouflaged but there are some clear signs it will be generally based on the Kadjar design but will be considerably bigger. As the Kadjar is underpinned by the same basic structure as the Nissan Qashqai it is assumed the D crossover will be based on the famous Nissan X-trail. It will be the same for the engines with the full range of power plants found in the Qashqai and the X-trail also planned for the D crossover including the excellent 1.6 DIG-T turbo unit seen in a number of Nissans including the Nismo Juke.
The X-trail comes in both 5 and 7 seater options and it is highly likely the D crossover will follow the same pattern. It is also rumored that there will be, as with the X-trail, both four wheel drive and two wheel drive versions to suit buyers with different needs when it comes to tough conditions. Inside it is expected to have the same digital instrument cluster as the Kadjar and also use the Renault’s R-Link infotainment system,
It seems like there is literally a never ending desire for more and more SUVs and crossovers. People just love the increased ride height, the space and the safety aspects. With Nissan seeing some amazing success with it’s models Renault certainly won’t go far wrong using the proven and reliable engines and underpinning in their new models. Time will tell if the Kadjar sells enough to justify a UK launch for the D crossover but I think, in this market, it is safe to assume it will.