RENAULT'S LATEST CROSSOVER ARRIVES IN SA: Renault has expanded its SUV crossover offering with the launch of its new Kadjar in SA. Image: Wheels24
Cape Town - Renault expands its local SUV offering with the launch of its latest model in South Africa - the new Kadjar. The Kadjar expands Renault’s presence in crossover segment and follows the launch of its Captur sibling in May 2015.
The Kadjar takes over from the Koleos as Renault's top SUV and shares a platform with its alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai and X-Trail. The new model will take on the likes of Toyota's Rav4 and Ford Kuga as well as the Korean duo - Kia Sportage and Hyundai's Tucson.
According to Renault: "The new Renault Kadjar SUV Crossover is the embodiment of the brand’s entire DNA and set to make its mark on one of South Africa’s most hotly contested vehicle categories."
Wheels24's Janine van der Post is attending the local launch of the Kadjar in Cape Town. Lookout for here driving impressions later this week.
New crossover range
The Kadjar line-up comprises three derivatives all powered by forced-induction turbo engines. At the top end of the range is the turbo-diesel Dynamique 1.6 dCi 4x4 (96kW/320Nm) followed by the 1.2 turbo petrol-powered Dynamique (96kW/205Nm) and entry-level Expression variants.
Image gallery: 2016 Renault Kadjar
Fuel consumption for the petrol powered Expression and Dynamique units is 5.7 - 5.8 litres/100km respectively with emissions of 127g/km and 131g/km. The diesel unit has a claimed consumption of 5.4 litres/100km.
Standard across the Kadjar range, ECO mode function is available at the push of a button and electronically modifies the engine’s response to automatically lower fuel consumption (by up to -12%).
- Renault Kadjar petrol Expression – R359 900
- Renault Kadjar petrol Dynamique – R384 900
- Renault Kadjar diesel Dynamique – R449 900
- 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine: 96kW/320Nm; in 4x4
- 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine: 96kW/205Nm; FWD
- Six-speed manual gearbox
- 5.4 litres/100km for diesel; 5.7-5.8 l/100km for petrol
- 200mm ground clearance
New 4x4 mode
The new 4x4-i Four Wheel Drive offers three modes:
2WD - Power is only transferred to the front wheels to optimise fuel consumption under normal driving conditions; or when driving in towns and cities.
Auto - The transmission ratio between each front and rear wheel adapts to ensure optimal traction and safety and also automatically corrects the torque distribution.
Lock - On uneven surfaces such as soil, sand, mud and snow, 50/50 distribution between the front and rear wheels is maintained up to 40km/h; Anti-Spin Regulation (ASR) is disconnected.
The ASR controls wheel spin and engine torque and automatically distributes up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels. Combined with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ASR can control each wheel independently.
Below is a breakdown of standard kit for both Expression and Dynamique versions:
Renault Kadjar petrol Expression 96kW Turbo - R359 900
Renault Kadjar petrol Dynamique 96kW Turbo - R384 900
Renault Kadjar diesel Dynamique 96kW dCi 4x4 - R449 900Options:
Cornering fog lights - Expression - R2000
17" Alloys - Expression - R6000
Fixed sunroof (with electric sunblind)- Dynamique - R8000
- Dynamique - R8000
Self-Park System (with reversing camera, blindspot warning, side PDC) Dynamique - R10 000
Leather seats (electric and heated) - Dynamique - R12 000
Metallic paint - R2500