2022 Renault Austral: Kadjar replacement revealed
Renault has taken the covers off the new Austral – an SUV that’s set to replace the Kadjar when it arrives later this year.
Featuring hybrid engine options and an all-new infotainment system, read on for the full lowdown.
Renault Austral styling
Externally, the Austral uses all the latest Renault styling cues we’ve seen on its most recent cars. Up front, there’s a razor sharp pair of headlights that are slatted and wrap around the front of the car.
The grille is also dominated by a large Renault badge – the brand’s latest insignia. To the side, there are large wheel arches with contrasting black trim, and further up the body is broken up with sharp creases that extend from the light units.
To the rear, there’s a similarly slatted set of tail lights that extend all the way into the boot lid. The whole look is finished off with large alloy wheels (17in to 20in units are offered) along with a contrasting two-tone paint options.
Renault Austral interior and tech
Inside, things have been seriously upgraded if you’re comparing it to the Kadjar. There are two 12in displays that make up the infotainment system. It’s Android based and uses Google as its operating system, meaning you’ll benefit from things like Google Maps without even connecting to Android Auto or Apple Car Play.
The left-hand screen makes up the digital driver display, with both offering vivid graphics and excellent input reaction. The quality of the cabin has taken a step up, with lots of trim carried over from the latest Megane. It’s a spacious place to be too, while the boot is set to offer up to 500 litres of space.
In a first for Renault, the Austral will be available in Esprit Alpine trim, which takes its influence from the Alpine sports car brand. Additions inside include contrasting black trim and a snazzy set of Alcantara sports seats with blue stitching.
Renault Austral drivetrains
There’s a choice of mild-hybrid petrol and full hybrid engines. The range kicks off with a 1.3-litre petrol engine coupled to 12V mild-hybrid tech. It’s available with 140hp in conjunction with a six-speed manual, or 160hp and an automatic CVT gearbox.
A 1.2-litre 130hp mild-hybrid is also available, which features a more impressive electric system. This 48V model is capable of more than 50mpg thanks to the electrical assistance.
At the top of the range is the E-Tech hybrid. This uses a large 1.7kWh battery and the same 1.2-litre engine to produce 200hp. All these models are automatic and are capable of more than 60mpg.
Renault Austral release date
The Austral is set to arrive later in 2022. We’ll bring you leasing plans and UK-specific specifications as soon as they are available.