Renault Kadjar crossover

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New 2015 Renault Kadjar crossover SUV to take on the Nissan Qashqai: priced from around £18k

Renault has taken the wraps off its upcoming family-sized crossover, the Kadjar. Set for an official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Kadjar will be wading into a seriously tough market, dominated by the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

The good news for Renault, though, is that the success of the Qashqai will work in its favour, as the Renault-Nissan alliance has allowed the French manufacturer to capitalise on Nissan’s crossover expertise. In fact, the Kadjar will be based on the same CMF platform as the Qashqai, and as a result shares similar dimensions, measuring in at 4,450mm in length and 1,840mm wide.

Renault Kadjar: design

Renault has looked to concepts such as the DeZir for design inspiration and applied a similar formula to that seen on the smaller Captur. In comparison to the Qashqai, the Kadjar features far more fluid and softer lines, with the front end housing an exaggerated version of Renault’s familiar full-length headlamp and grille arrangement.

A sharp kink in the waistline ahead of the C-pillar and chrome roofrails are both features which have been borrowed from the Qashqai. Front and rear skid plates have been added as underbody protection, while the stainless steel boot sill guard and 19-inch alloy wheels will also be offered to buyers.

Speaking to Auto Express at a preview event for the Kadjar, André Abboud, Director of Renault’s C-segment programme, told us that the Kia Sportage had been benchmarked in terms of exterior design.

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