Following on from the compact Captur, Renault is introducing a larger Qashqai competing crossover entitled the Kadjar.
The Renault Kadjar will go on sale in the summer after its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Not surprisingly it based on the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai as a result of the Renault- Nissan alliance; it even has a similar 4.45 metre long x 1.84 metre footprint.
It will be available with the choice of either two or four wheel drive; we assume it will have the same engine line-up as the Qashqai, with Renault not making any official comments. So we should expect a 1.2-litre petrol and two diesel variants, 1.5 and 1.6-litres.
The four wheel drive model with feature a three mode transmission with the ability to select (Auto, LOCK and 2WD) to aid traction. There is a 190 mm of ground clearance with an approach angle of 18 degrees / 25 degree departure. The underside is protected by front and rear skid plates, although whether many will venture off road has yet to be seen.
The Renault Kadjar promises to be family friendly with soft yet hard wearing surfaces and materials – and has a two boot configuration layout – offing a completely flat boot surface at the height of the boot aperture or ‘low’ position to provide a maximum carrying capacity of 472 litres, some 40 litres up on the Qashqai. The rear seats fold on a 60/40 basis via handles located in the boot.
The Kadjar will feature the latest in tech with the availability of full-LED twin headlights, a seven-inch touch screen interface with a myriad of apps to help you interact with the car and the outside world.
Safety equipment will include emergency brake assist, lane departure warning, road-sign recognition with speed limit alerts and a reversing camera.Published 5 February 2015