Renault has unveiled its new Austral mid-sized SUV, which will replace the Kadjar SUV in international markets. When Compared to the outgoing Renault Kadjar, the new Austral is about 60mm longer and 10mm taller, riding on a circa-25mm longer wheelbase (but a similar width). The 2022 Austral SUV will be manufactured at the carmaker’s facility in Palencia, Spain.
The Renault Austral is based on the new third-generation CMF-CD platform, which was codeveloped by Mitsubishi and Nissan. Renault claims that this CMF-CD platform can accommodate several types of electrified drivetrains.
The Renault Austral follows a design language similar to that of the Megane hatchback. Upfront, it gets matrix LED headlights wrapped around a huge honeycomb grille that houses Renault’s new retro-flavoured diamond logo. At the back, it gets LED tail-lights that extends into the tailgate.
The Austral comes in seven body colours and can be had in a variety of alloy wheels ranging from 17-inches to 20-inches. The Renault Austral comes standard with torsion-beam rear suspension, but top-of-the-line cars with four-wheel steering get a multi-link setup as well.
The interior design and features of the Renault Austral are similar to the Megane E-tech Electric with a curved panel in front of the driver, combining a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 9.0-inch or 12-inch infotainment touchscreen running Renault’s latest Android-based OpenR software with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and over-the-air updates.
Other features include a 9.3-inch head-up display, a choice of Arkamys or 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound systems, ambient lighting, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a driver’s seat with massaging and power adjustment.