The new Renault Austral SUV will take the place of the Kadjar in the brand’s 2022 lineup.

All-New Renault Austral – Overview

The advent of an all-new model with a fresh moniker has reinforced Renault’s continuous new product push.

The Renault Austral is a brand-new entrant in the fiercely competitive C-segment SUV market.

As a result, this new crossover replaces the Kadjar in the brand’s lineup.

Moreover, thanks to significant technological and electrification advancements, it offers a greater level of specification than its predecessor.

The Renault Austral will compete against models such as the Peugeot 3008, Toyota RAV4, and possibly even premium brand entries such as BMW’s X3.

The Austral will go on sale in late 2022, but Renault has yet to confirm whether it will be sold in the United Kingdom.

The Austral will be manufactured in Valencia, Spain, at Renault’s factory. It runs on the most recent version of the Group’s CMF-C/D platform, which evolved from the Kadjar’s.

The new Renault Austral SUV will take the place of the Kadjar in the brand's 2022 lineup.
The new Renault Austral SUV will take the place of the Kadjar in the brand's 2022 lineup. 3

Thanks to the upgraded platform, Renault made significant changes to the new model’s design, interior layout, driver aid, and hybrid drivetrain technology.

The Australis is 4.51 meters long, 1.83 meters wide, and 1.62 meters tall, identical to the car it replaces.

However, it has been created using Renault’s latest design cues, as seen on the all-electric Megane E-Tech Electric, and appears nearly utterly different from the Kadjar.

The Austral is the first combustion-engined model to adopt Renault’s new sensual tech’ design philosophy, so we can see how some of the stylistic features from the electric Megane translate to a car with a motor under the hood.

Renault Austral
The new Renault Austral SUV will take the place of the Kadjar in the brand's 2022 lineup. 4

In addition, the interior is brand new, with considerable improvements over the Kadjar’s cabin design and technology.

The ‘Open-R’ cockpit has Android Automotive-powered infotainment on a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch portrait-oriented center touchscreen.

There’s also a new Esprit Alpine trim level, which Renault appears to be positioning as their sportier trim for regular cars.

Based on the Alpine sports car brand, this new specification adds a racier body kit to the Austral and distinctive paint color options and 20-inch wheels.

With half Alcantara upholstery and a Nappa leather steering wheel, the Esprit Alpine adds a touch of luxury.

The Austral will be available with an electric engine lineup but no plug-in alternatives; instead, conventional hybrid and 12-volt mild-hybrid engines will be available.

The Austral E-Tech hybrid will be offered in two power outputs: 197 horsepower and 158 horsepower, respectively.

It is powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 67-bhp electric motor connected to a 1.7-kWh battery.

While the battery is recharged by brake regeneration, power is transmitted to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Renault claims that about 80% of ‘city driving’ is done electric and that the Austral E-Tech can get 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 105g/km, depending on spec.

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