Renault Clio SUV to arrive next year

Renault Captur concept
2 Oct, 2012 12:10pm Tom Phillips

New Clio SUV is set to take on the big-selling Nissan Juke in 2013

Call it the Clio SUV or Renault’s Nissan Juke, but either way, a B-segment SUV is on the way next year. We’ll see pictures in the spring, with the car arriving at dealers in mid to late 2013.

The new junior SUV was shown internally as a slightly more left-field design proposal for the car that will replace the Modus. Instead of going down the route of a small MPV, Renault execs opted for the small off-roader, so there will be no Modus model this time around.

Speaking about the car at the Paris Motor Show, Renault’s senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications, Steven Norman, said that the “Clio and Juke segment is very exciting and dynamic, and the new SUV will fit in and do that job nicely.”

The car will not be inspired by the Captur concept (pictured), shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Instead, it will translate the looks of the new Clio, which is the first complete car to be designed by styling chief Laurens van den Acker, onto a car described as “less controversial” by a Renault spokesman who has seen the car.

However, while the B-segment car will arrive in the UK next year, we won’t get the handsome new Clio Estate shown at Paris, as that industry sector is declining in the UK, thanks in part to the success of car’s like the Juke.