PARIS -- Renault is expanding its compact SUV offerings with the Symbioz, a full hybrid aimed at families that will sit below the Austral in the brand’s lineup.
The Symbioz will be shown this spring, Renault said Thursday. It derives its name from a larger 2017 concept vehicle. At 4,410 mm long, the Symbioz could compete with lower-priced, similarly sized compact SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq.
It will be the smallest SUV in Renault brand’s compact range, which includes the higher-end Austral at 4510 mm, the Arkana SUV coupe at 4560 mm and the Scenic family EV at 4470 mm.
The Symbioz will also be Renault’s lightest compact SUV at 1500 kg, which would also allow it to avoid Paris’s new parking fees that target vehicles 1600 kg or more.
A silhouette photo released Thursday shows a boxier vehicle than the Arkana, Renault’s current lower-priced compact SUV, which starts at 31,300 euros for a mild hybrid version and 33,500 for a full-hybrid. The Austral starts at 33,500 euros for a mild hybrid and 40,500 for a full hybrid.