Renault releases details of efficient new Kadjur

2015-10-31 11:29:20

Renault has released details of its Nissan Qashqai competitor, the Kadjur. Sitting above the Captur, the company’s smaller compact SUV, the Kadjur is actually based on the car that it hopes to beat – by virtue of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

On sale in the UK from July, the Kadjar will also echo the Qashqai in the range of engines and drive trains underpinning it. The company says that 18 different versions will be on offer, offering FWD or 4WD capability.

The engine choices are familiar to other Renault products. The petrol option is the 1.2-litre turbocharged TCe 130 which offers 128bhp and is capable of returning 54.4mpg.

There are two diesels: the entry-level diesel unit is the 108bhp 1.5-litre ENERGY dCi 110 with 74.3mpg, or a more powerful 128bhp 1.6-litre ENERGY dCi with 128bhp capable of returning 65.7mpg.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but if you opt for the dCi 110 and 4WD on the dCi 130 (excluding the Expression+ model), you can also order Renault’s EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission. Be warned though that the fuel economy will suffer slightly.

Four trim levels will be available: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.

Entry-level Kadjar Expression+ models range in price from £17,955 to £21,095. They feature LED running lights, front fog lights, an automatic electronic parking brake, a seven-inch TFT instrument panel, all-round electric windows, two-way adjustable steering, trip computer, air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity with DAB digital radio. From a safety perspective, they also get ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (with traction and understeer control), Hill Start Assist, cruise control (with speed limiter) and six airbags.

Next up is the Dynamique Nav which ranges from £19,695 to £24,295. Its appeal comes in the form of 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights which follow the direction of the front wheels, chrome enhancements to the exterior and privacy glass. Inside it gets automatic door locking, hands-free keycard, climate control, auto lights and wipers, and an Arkamys 3D digital audio system linked to an R-Link 2 multimedia system with satellite navigation and European map included. It also benefts from traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic headlight beam adjustment. It is likely to be the best-selling model in view of its value versus equipment.

The Dynamique S (ranging between £20,495 and £25,095) has a more sporty emphasis, and as such gets larger 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, leather and cloth rim, a one-touch folding rear seat, a multi-position boot floor, passenger seat height adjustment, and electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors.

Range-topping Signature Nav (£21,695 to £26,295) come equipped with bespoke 19-inch wheels, full LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, painted skid plates, a cloth and leather upholstered interior, Nappa-wrapped steering wheel, and an eight-speaker Bose Sound system with subwoofer.

The Renault Kadjar is going to be built at Renault’s manufacturing facility in Palencia, Spain. It received its official public debut at the Geneva motor show in March and went on general release in the UK during July and reached its first customers in September.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

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