The new Renault Austral
The new Renault Austral is on the way to Ireland

Renault has released the first images and details of their new electrified SUV, the new Renault Austral.

The Austral is an all-new model for the French brand and will replace the Kadjar in the brand’s line-up of SUVs.

Features of the new Renault Austral

Designed on the 3rd generation CMF-CD platform, the new Austral will be available as a hybrid. It will have many technology features, including Renault’s 4CONTROL Advanced and 32 driving aids.

The Renault Austral chassis will come in two versions. The first is a flexible torsion beam for two-wheel steering models. Then there’s a multi-link rear axle with 4CONTROL Advanced for four-wheel steering. It promises the agility of a city car in urban driving.

17″ to 20″ wheels are available, a bi-tone roof option, and an exclusive Esprit Alpine version for a sportier look.

The new Austral’s cabin is built around the new OpenR Link multimedia system. It combines a 12.3″ dashboard instrument display with the 12″ vertical multimedia screen. A new 9.3″ head up display is also available.

The modular design means that some models feature a 2/3–1/3 split-folding rear seat. It can also be individually adjusted along 16 cm rails. There’s also a handsfree tailgate and 500 litres The generous boot comes fitted with a hands-free power tailgate. There’s 500 litres of boot space in mild hybrid versions of the new Austral.  

Hybrid for the new Austral

The new Austral will be available with a number of powertrains, including the latest generation E-Tech Hybrid with up to 200 hp. There are also two petrol engines – a 130hp 48V Mild Hybrid Advanced and a 140hp/160hp 12V Mild Hybrid.

The Mild Hybrid Advanced engine makes its Renault debut in the new Austral. It combines the latest 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery and starter motor. It has 130hp and comes with a manual transmission.

The Mild Hybrid uses a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine. It can be found already in a selection of Renault vehicles. Developed in collaboration with Daimler, the engine is backed up by a starter motor and a 12V lithium-ion battery. It comes with either 140hp or 160hp with the X-TRONIC automatic transmission, or as 140hp on manual models.

When it arrives in Ireland, the Austral will join the new Arkana and new electric Megane E-TECH in the brand’s C-segment offering.