RENNES, France -- Renault is developing an affordable small car that could preview a future rival to the Citroen C4 Cactus.
Renault has created a prototype, called the Value Up, that has a lightweight design, high fuel economy and advanced connectivity features.
The Value Up weighs less than 1000kg and has a 1.0-liter engine with CO2 emissions of less than 100 grams per km. A hybrid variant emits less than 50g/km of CO2.
Renault would not comment on whether the Value Up previewed a car to compete against the C4 Cactus.
"The leading carmakers are all going in the same direction by developing affordable models that appeal to a younger generation of customers," a spokesman told Automotive News Europe. "But I will not make a direct comparison to the Cactus."
Some of the Value Up's features will likely show up in future production models but the prototype "does not reflect any specific production model that Renault plans to launch at this time," the spokesman said
IHS Automotive Tim Urquhart said a production car with the Value Up’s design and connectivity would appeal to younger demographics like the C4 Cactus does.