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Renault to expand crossover line-up with Kadjar


WITH the early success of the new Captur crossover, Renault has decided to keep the momentum going by introducing the Captur’s bigger brother, the Kadjar. Official South African pricing, release date and engine derivatives will be unveiled in the coming weeks. However, we do have the information on the UK-based vehicles.

What is it?

This C-segment crossover was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 and will be making its way to local shore in the not-too-distant future. It will certainly take the fight to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai’s upcoming ix35 replacement, the Tucson and Kia’s Sportage.

Standard kit?

Even on the most basic model you’ll get things like ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, electronic stability control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, LED daytime running lamps,  seven-inch TFT instrument panel with digital speedometer, all-round electric windows, air conditioning, Bluetooth/USB/AUX and a 4x20W DAB radio with fingertip controls.

New vehicle architecture

Kadjar is based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s versatile new Common Module Family (CMF) architecture, which allows a wide range of cars of different sizes to be created using a variety of modules consisting of out-of-view parts. The platform is based around five available modules: cockpit, engine bay, front under-body, rear under-body and electronic architecture.

Engine range?

Overseas, we’re seeing the introduction of three engines, namely the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 1.6-litre diesel. There will be the option of the EDC automatic gearbox or a manual. The Kadjar will also be available in four-wheel-drive in certain models, while the bulk of the range will remain front-wheel-drive.

So when?

The first customer cars are expected in the UK in September so local availability should be in the final quarter of the year. Autodealer will be attending the international launch of this vehicle in the coming weeks and will keep you posted.

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