Caterham will be radically expanding beyond its core market of track-day specials with a new Renault-based CUV and city car. Following our initial reports back in November, the new models, which we can only hope are as ridiculously sporty as Caterham's other offerings, have been confirmed by Chairman Tony Fernandes to news agency Reuters.

Destined for Asian markets in 2016, the new offerings are to be based on Renault platforms, although the particular models aren't mentioned. Partially completed vehicles will be shipped to Asia, where assembly will be finished. This news follows the initial collaboration between Caterham and Renault for a new sports car, which will wear an Alpine badge. According to Fernandes, "Sports cars will do well but the city car and SUV are what the (Asian) market really wants. If we get the SUV right it will be huge."

Details about the SUV (read: crossover) are scarce, but the success of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was mentioned as an influence to get into the high-riding business. Given that vehicle's size, we wouldn't be surprised to see it based on the new Renault Captur (shown), and the city car modeled on the Twingo.

Is Caterham risking its hardcore cred by branching out into such disparate segments, and/or is this just the price of doing business these days? Have your say in Comments.

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      Just what the world needs: another SUV...
      Justin Campanale
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      God DAMMIT!!!! Not ANOTHER DAMN poser luxury CUV! *throws temper tantrum*
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      I hate to be a pessimist. Still may prove to be worthy after all.
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      Good job Renault, Way to kill Caterham.
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      Hate to disagree with EZen, but Caterham's expertise is NOT in SUVs. The production pilgrimage for this 'Clio- thing' is hardly economic, and a con of car-buyers. Caterham would however, be uniquely qualified to do a serious mini-Baha racer, were they to go mid-engined, as would seem overdue. So should the Seven be mid-motored by now, for that matter: Lotus did one based on their Elise, charged crazy money for, what? ten? Seems Brits can only imagine new ways to build funny-money chariots for City squillionaires. The Smart roadster-based AC Ace fell on stony ground. TVR died. Wither the decent English sports car?
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      Isn't the Renault Captur itself based on a Juke, beneath the sheet metal?
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      I see what Caterham would like to sell CUVs, they are very profitable. What I don't see is why someone who wants a CUV would ever consider Caterham. They have no brand equity outside of sports cars which has zero demographic intersection with CUV owners.
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