Launched in 2015, the Renault Kadjar has just finished production at the Palencia plant in Spain. During his career a total of just under 700,000 copies will have been sold. Marketed for one year less, the Peugeot 3008 already passed the million mark last year. In short, the first authentic family SUV of the diamond brand has not achieved the success of its main rival, which is among the benchmarks in the category in Europe. A (relative) failure that aims to erase the diamond mark with the replacement of Kadjar, the Austral.
But one wonders if the chosen approach is not too cold to hope to upset the established order in the category. The Austral indeed shows very classic lines. Inspired by the recent Mégane E-Tech, the front end shines with its elegance. And the interior ergonomics takes a giant leap compared to the Kadjar, with a dashboard also similar to that of the new electric compact in the range (integrating a very efficient Google OpenR interface). But the general proportions and appearance of the Austral seem less demonstrative than those of the Peugeot 3008. It is true that the Volkswagen Tiguan continues to dominate the European market with a design at least as versatile as that of the Renault SUV…
Based on an advanced version of the CMF-C platform (Nissan Qashqai 2, Renault Kadjar, Mégane 4, Espace 5, Koleos 2) similar to that of the recent third generation Nissan Qashqai, the Austral has engines of the same type as those of his Japanese cousin. It also ditches the diesel and uses a 1.3-liter four-cylinder micro-hybrid petrol unit in 140- and 160-horsepower versions. Its entry range will be equipped with a new 130-horsepower 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol block (also micro-hybrid) coupled to a manual gearbox. As for the top of the range, you can count on 160 and 200 horsepower “E-Tech” gasoline hybrid blocks with technology similar to that of the Arkana and Captur. And the plug-in hybrid? Maybe for a little later.
The Austral will also offer an “Alpine Spirit” pack available on both top trims, showing off a sporty look with matte paint, specific 20-inch wheels and some nice touches. But as in the good old days of the highly criticized Gordini finishes of the 2000s, this Esprit Alpine pack does not bring any mechanical improvement or power increase. So you’re only interested in styling, even if the presence of standard rear-wheel steering should improve agility. Sales of the Renault Austral will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Caradisiac, partner of the Paris Motor Show
As in 2018, Caradisiac is once again a partner in 2022 of the Mondial de l’Auto that will take place in Paris from October 17 to 23. Caradisiac’s editorial team will thus move to its own stand for the duration of the show to analyse, dissect, photograph and film all the new models. And this, of course, will also be an opportunity for you to come, as you are used to, to meet our journalists. What new or used car to buy? They will answer all your questions. Until then, we will give you in Caradisiac all the information that we have been able to obtain from the manufacturers about their new models.
Where : Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles
When ? From Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 October (day reserved for the press on Monday 17)
What time? From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22: from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day; Sunday, October 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
the essay news It will take place in the hall from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
How much ? Two different rates during the week and weekend for adults (€16 and €20); for children from 7 to 17 years old: €8 and €10 (ie 50% discount).
Free entry for children under 7 years old.
How ? By taking tickets by following this link, or by logging in at https://mondial.paris/billetterie. Purchase also possible at the reception desks in Hall 5.1 (depending on the number of places remaining)
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