Pictured in a number of spy shots over the last few months undergoing testing, and contraire to the extensive masking on the prototypes, the Kadjar’s exterior changes are subtle and consists out of redesigned front and rear bumpers, a restyled grille with chrome surrounds on higher-spec models, new rectangular fog lights integrated into the front bumper, Renault’s C-shaped headlights with optional Pure Vision LEDs, a choice of newly designed alloy wheels with sizes from 17 to 22-inches, new LED taillights and three new colours; Highland Grey, Iron Blue and Oural Green.
With a focus on comfort and design, Renault has given the Kadjar’s interior an equally mild refresh in the form of new climate control switches, satin chrome detailing for the updated air vents, door handles and inner panels, window switches and on the centre console, upgraded materials, ergonomically designed seats, larger centre console cupholders and a flush design for the seven-inch R-Link infotainment system that now comes with better resolution, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
New the Kadjar range are two appearance packages; the Black which gets aptly finished 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear skidplates, exterior paint finish and mirror caps and the French market only Wave based on the entry-level Life that boasts blue stitched leather seats, dual-zone climate control, blue stitching on top of the infotainment system, diamond-cut 19-inch alloys, chrome grille and bumper inserts, roof rails and a shark fin antenna.
As alluded to previously, the Kadjar is new underneath its bonnet with the old 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine making way for the 1.3-litre petrol-turbo co-developed with Daimler, which comes in two states of tune; 103kW/240Nm and 118kW/270Nm. Standard with both engines is a six-speed manual gearbox and, contraire to previous speculation, a seven-speed EDC as option. Drive is again routed to the front wheels only.
On the diesel side, Renault has done way with the simply titled dCi moniker in favour of Blue dCi representing the fitment of a selective catalytic reduction system to cut down on emissions, and conform to the new WLTP requirements. Despite remaining unchanged displacement-wise, the 1.5 Blue dCi has been upgraded to produce 85kW/260Nm instead of 80kW/250Nm, while the previous 1.6 dCi has been dropped for the brand-new 1.7 Blue dCi that makes 110kW/340Nm.
As with the pre-facelift Kadjar though, the entry-level oil burner can be specified with the same transmission options as the petrol, while the latter is again restricted to the manual with a choice of front or the Nissan derived 4x4-i system with three modes; 2WD, Auto and Lock. Ground clearance on all modes is rated at 200mm.
While prices for the Kadjar in the United Kingdom will start at around £20 500 (R402 073), its future in South Africa has reportedly been sealed in that it will be replaced by Koleos, also set to be updated, next year due.