Renault has revealed the name of its new Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV – the Kadjar. It seems the marque is aiming to rival the Nissan’s name for silliness as well as the brand’s sales figures. No one, yet, knows what the car will look like, though.
Renault insists that ‘Kad’ represents the quad-bike-like abilities that the Kadjar is imbued with, while the ‘K’ reflects the strength and robustness of the design. ‘Jar’ is inspired by the French word ‘jaillir’, meaning agility. The name together suggests the exotic locations the car could carry you to.
Rather than show pictures of the car – even ones of it disguised under optically illusionary cladding – Renault has released a series of cryptic clips via its social media. The clips include a shower head, a door on a bus opening and a person hang gliding over a motorway – we’ll let you decide what they mean – we haven’t a clue…
We know the car will share a platform with the Nissan Qashqai, which should be enough to bring it success simply by association. Reports suggest the company’s smaller Captur SUV is doing reasonably well so the brand will be hoping to capitalise on this.
It’s also likely the Kadjar will get the same range of turbo petrol and diesel engines shared between Renault and Nissan products. As with other models in the range, the responsive and frugal 1.5 dCi could be the pick of the range.
Badgering for a Kadjar?
If you’ve got your heart set on a Kadjar you’ve only got to wait until 2 February for the official reveal and we’ll have the full details then. In the meantime, check out the cars the Kadjar will have to beat – the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.