New crossover based on next-generation Clio to take on Fiesta Active.

Spy photographers have captured images of a small Renault crossover believed to be based on the next-gen Clio hatchback this week, which could point to a replacement for the current Captur.

Despite the heavy camouflage concealing much of this vehicle, we can see Renault's fascia design through the black-and-white wrap, with large headlights joined through the middle by a trim strip – likely to be finished in chrome.

At this stage the disguise leaves us wondering whether this is a jacked-up Clio or the next-generation Captur – should it be called that – though regardless the little SUV will serve as a rival to the likes of the Ford Fiesta Active offered in Europe and the Mazda CX-3.

Engines and transmissions will likely be shared with the new Clio, meaning a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines should be on the cards, along with the potential for a hybrid or all-electric version.

Underneath the skin, the new model will likely ride on a version the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's 'V' platform, which is expected to underpin numerous compact models like the new Clio and next-gen Nissan Juke. It already serves as the basis of the current Nissan Micra.

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