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Renault planning off road-styled version of Clio subcompact

by Andrew Ganz

Renault's CAPTUR concept is said to preview a production off road-styled version of the automaker's Clio small car.

Renault will reportedly begin offering an all-wheel-drive off road-styled variant of its hugely popular Clio subcompact hatchback (pictured). Aimed at rivals like the Fiat Panda 4x4, the Clio won't be a serious off roader, but it should offer a unique style for urban buyers and a bit more capability for those who really need it.

France's BFM radio says that the car will be previewed by Renault's new , which is set to debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The CAPTUR is based on the Nissan Juke, which rides on Renault-NIssan's extended wheelbase version of the Clio's platform.

According to BFM, the Clio will be more conservatively styled and it will be offered in both three and five-door versions. A launch is planned for 2012 and the car will be built both in France and Turkey.