Auto – Renault Austral, a new start

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Replacing the Kadjar, the French manufacturer’s compact SUV uses hybridization to reduce its CO emissions2.

By Yves Maroselli

Thanks to its 4-wheel steering, the Austral is as easy to handle as a Clio.

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Luca de Meo had announced it, Renault intends to strengthen its offer in the segment of compact models. Thus, after the electric Mégane E-Tech launched at the start of the year, here is the Austral, an SUV which replaces the Kadjar in the Renault range. It is a question of finally being able to compete with the reference of the segment on the French market, the Peugeot 3008.

To achieve this, the Austral, which measures 4.51 m in length – 6 cm longer than the 3008 – was developed on a new platform shared with Nissan. It also introduces a new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine that can be combined, as desired, with low voltage hybridization (48 V) for a power of 130 hp (consumption 5.2 l/100 km, 118 g/ km of CO2) or the latest generation of high voltage hybrid traction chain (400&nbs…

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