RENNES, France -- Renault's new Kadjar is expected to become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment.
Renault is forecast to sell 118,000 units of the Kadjar in 2016, its first full year of sales, which would rank it third in the segment behind the alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai and the Volkswagen Tiguan, according to data from IHS Automotive.
Renault revealed the car’s name on Monday but is withholding technical details and photos of the new model until a Feb. 2 press event. The SUV will make its public debut at the Geneva auto show in March.
A Renault spokesman confirmed that the Kadjar will share its underpinnings with the Qashqai, which continues to dominate its segment. Last year the Qashqai, which is now in its second generation, outsold the Tiguan 203,549 to 150,300 in Europe. The Kia Sportage rounded out the top three with sales of 96,333, according to data from JATO Dynamics (see sales figures, below).