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Geneva: Renault's funky Kadjar unveiled

2015-03-04 09:43

NEXT RENAULT CROSSOVER FOR SA? The new Renault Kadjar could make its debut in South Africa during the first quarter of 2016. Image: Renault

GENEVA, Switzerland – Renault took the wraps off its new Kadjar crossover at the 2015 Geneva auto show.

It's 4.45m long, 1.84m wide, 1.60m tall and available in either 4x2 or 4x4. It has 190mm ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 18 and 25 degrees respectively.  

The Kadjar will go on sale in Europe later in 2015 and in 2016 will be the first Renault to be built in China. Renault SA reports the Kadjar is being considered for local introduction in 2016.

NEW CROSSOVER

The new crossover is built on the shared Renault-Nissan CMF C/D platform, used on the new X-Trail, and slots between Renault’s Captur and Koleos SUVs. The Kadjar has similar front-end styling as its hatchback siblings with a broad grille and LEDs. It sports body-coloured door releases and side-mirrors and aluminium roof rails.

The SUV is available with two diesel and one petrol option.

The diesel 82kW dCi 110, mated to either a six-speed manual or auto, has a claimed fuel consumption of 3.8 litres/100km and emissions of 99g/km. The 96kW/320Nm dCi 130 unit (available for both the two- and all-wheel drive) is mated to a six-speed manual.

The petrol 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol TCe 130, mated to a six-speed manual, is capable of 96kW/205Nm. More details including specifications will be released closer to its European launch.

The 4x4 version offers three modes (Auto, Lock and 2WD) and sports underbody protection and steel boot sill to protect against dirt and scratches.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Renault Kadjar
VIDEO: Renault Kadjar in action
VIDEO: Renault Kadjar at 2015 Geneva auto show

PRACTICAL SUV

According to Renault: “Packed with quality, modern equipment, the Kadjar ensures advanced connectivity with R-Link 2 and peace of mind thanks to the latest driving aids.”

The R-Link 2 system is, Renault says, "designed to make life easier and particularly adapted towards business use and offers a range of dedicated packages, such as fleet asset management aimed at supporting fleet managers."

Inside it has a sun-roof, 17cm touch screen, 60/40 split rear seats and 472 litres of boot space.

In terms of safety it boasts active emergency braking system, lane departure and blind spot warning, parking assist with reversing camera, hill assist, traffic sign recognition with speed alert and cruise control with speed limiter.

Also on display in Geneva is the automaker’s new R240 electric motor, powering Renault’s ZOE and Espace, as well as the new Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy limited edition.

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