Unveiled in 2015, the Kadjar is one of Renault’s oldest SUVs in its current lineup. What does Kadjar mean? Kadjar is a masculine name built around Kad- and -jar. Kadis directly inspired by the word ‘quad’, a four-wheeler, and -jar, reminiscent of the French words ‘agile’ (agile) and ‘jaillir’ (to shoot).

From this early look, there’s not much we can say, though the new Kadjar already looks sharper than its predecessor. This one creates the impression of a slightly sportier-looking crossover with shorter overhangs front and back. From some angles, it looks very similar to the new Nissan Qashqai (known in the United States as the Rogue Sport).

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that the two compact SUVs will share the same CMF-C platform developed in cooperation between Renault and Nissan. The new underpinnings will come with possibilities for integration of electrified powertrains, and we expect the new Kadjar to launch with an available plug-in hybrid system. There are even rumors about a potential all-electric version, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The days of the diesel engine within the Kadjar range may be counted, seeing how the new Qashqai lacks a compression-ignition option. We expect Renault’s 1.3-liter turbocharged gas engine to be the base offering with the expected hybrid powertrain taking the role of a more powerful and slightly more expensive option.