The all-new Austral SUV, the replacement for the Renault Kadjar, volition beryllium sold successful the UK successful 2023, Autocar has learned.
The model, which was antecedently confirmed for a motorboat successful Europe, volition bring bold caller styling, a drastically enhanced kit database and all-electrified powertrains successful a bid to "win back" buyers successful the important crossover segment.
Prices for and specifications for UK income person not yet been confirmed, but deliveries volition commencement from the mediate of adjacent year.
Positioned arsenic a rival to the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4, it's the archetypal Renault to usage the caller third-generation CMF-CD platform, co-developed with Alliance partners Mitsubishi and Nissan, which tin accommodate a scope of electrified drivetrains.
The Austral volition beryllium sold with a prime of 2 full-hybrid systems, pairing a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor with an electrical centrifugal for combined outputs of 157bhp and 196bhp.
Renault claims this set-up tin muster arsenic overmuch arsenic 61.4mpg connected the WLTP combined trial cycle while emitting conscionable 105g/km of CO2.
There's besides a mild-hybrid petrol enactment that Renault posits arsenic a "genuine alternate to diesel", fixed that it's claimed to be capable of 53mpg. This pairs the aforesaid motor with a 48V artillery and a belt-integrated starter-generator for an electrical boost nether load and frankincense reduced petrol consumption.
Opening the line-up is simply a brace of 12V mild-hybrid petrols, which usage a 1.3-litre four-cylinder motor to produce 138bhp and 157bhp and crack 45.6mpg.
Renault says the caller level makes the Austral "a existent joyousness to drive", hailing its rigidity and "optimised" suspension set-up arsenic factors that springiness the imaginable for "true driving pleasure".
The Austral is equipped with torsion-beam rear suspension arsenic standard, but top-rung cars with four-wheel steering get a multi-link set-up astatine the rear. These cars besides get a 13:1 steering ratio (down from 14.7:1 arsenic standard) for much precise handling and a turning ellipse of conscionable 10.1 metres.
The structural reinvention for Renault's mid-size SUV comes alongside a wide-reaching plan overhaul aimed astatine bringing it into enactment with the caller Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric and boosting aerodynamic efficiency.
C-shaped headlights, a caller Renault logo, 4x4-inspired chunky skidplates and alloy wheels measuring up to 20in successful diameter are among the defining cues.
The Austral volition beryllium the archetypal Renault exemplary to travel successful an optional Esprit Alpine (spirit of Alpine) trim modelled connected the look of Alpine's sports cars. It's painted successful a unsocial shadiness of satin grey with contrasting achromatic trim details, sits connected bespoke 20in Alpine-badged alloys and comes with Alcantara-upholstered seats with bluish stitching.
Renault has besides visibly pushed upmarket inside, wherever the Austral dramatically departs from its forebear with a absorption connected worldly prime and enhanced technology.
The OpenR infotainment touchscreen fitted to higher-spec models is described arsenic "one of the largest screens successful the automotive market", comprising a 12.3in show surface and 12.0in infotainment surface successful 1 integer panel. It's covered successful Gorilla Glass to debar scratches.
Buyers tin specify the Austral's compartment with a raft of "sophisticated" materials, including wood, leather, Alcantara, padded textiles and different soft-touch, form-fitted materials.
Renault volition commencement taking Austral orders successful mid-2022, up of deliveries getting nether mode successful the autumn - oregon 2023 for the UK.