Even before arriving in the concessions, the Austral is already under pressure: it will have the difficult task of replacing the Kadjar, whose sales have not weighed heavily against the juggernaut of the C-SUV segment, namely the Peugeot 3008 Like the Nissan Qashqai, the new Austral is based on the CMF-CD platform launched in 2021, and inaugurates a new “sensual tech” design that mixes curves and taut lines.
The new Renault Kadjar is based on five finishes, four engines and a price range ranging from 33,400 to 44,900 €.
The different levels of equipment are therefore divided into five finishes: Equilibre, Techno, Techno Esprit Alpine, Iconic and Iconic Esprit Alpine.
Balance offers a chic design with a wide chrome grille, wheel arches and a gloss black underbody, a 9-inch central screen and a 12.3-inch driver’s screen. This finish is fully equipped including rear parking assistance, hands-free access and starting card, as well as Pure Vision LED lights.
Finishing tech is enhanced by styling cues such as 19-inch Komah black diamond-cut alloy wheels, leatherette/cloth upholstery and custom mood lighting, as well as a 1/3-2/3 sliding bench seat with center armrest and the function easy break. It offers the OpenR Link system as standard on a 12.3-inch screen with Google connectivity and services, including Google Maps navigation.
Finishing Iconic is enriched with 20-inch Effie black diamond-cut alloy wheels, two-tone paint with black roof, chrome roof bars and 3D moiré effect LED taillights. Comfort equipment enhances the package, such as an electric driver’s seat with massage function, heated front seats and a motorized tailgate. The Iconic finish is also equipped with the 360° 3D camera and stop & go adaptive cruise control.
Finishing Alpine spirit is inspired by the Alpine brand and offers a more muscular design for the Austral, with a front bumper with a satin gray sports blade, 20-inch daytona alloy wheels, gloss black window surrounds, 3D moiré effect taillights, Alcantara fabric upholstery with blue stitching, nappa leather steering wheel with blue/white/red stitching.
Renault has developed a new generation E-Tech Full Hybrid engine, 160 or 200 hp, on the Austral. This engine comprises a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, combined with an electric motor itself powered by a lithium-ion battery (2 kWh/400 V). The transmission is based on a multimode gearbox offering 15 combinations, including two in 100% electric mode.
Two Mild Hybrid engines complete the range of 100% hybrid engines.
The Mild Hybrid Advanced, offered for the first time in the Renault range, combines the new 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine with a 48 V lithium-ion battery and a starter-alternator. With this 130 hp engine equipped with a manual transmission, the Renault Austral should split a consumption of 5.2 l/100 km on average. For the manufacturer, it arises as “an alternative to the latest generation diesels”.
Finally, the Mild Hybrid 12 V engine, developing 160 hp, is based on a 1.3 l four-cylinder gasoline engine turbocharged with direct injection. It is available with an automatic transmission and offers an announced combined fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100 km.
The Renault Austral will be available for order from September 20, 2022 for deliveries from December.