New crossover Renault Austral with hybrid technology.

The car received 32 electronic driver assistants.


An editor at eMobilCar

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Renault has officially unveiled the all-new Austral crossover, with 32 electronic driver assistants, all-wheel drive, top-of-the-line wood trim and four hybrid versions.

The car is a five-seater C-class crossover that will replace the outgoing Kadjar in Renault's European range. The crossover is based on a variation of the CMF-CD3 modular platform, which was used in the third generation Nissan Qashqai. The exterior features include modern front optics with matrix headlights, a two-tone body color and original wheel design, the size of wheels in the basic configuration is 17 inches. In general, the model has a clear resemblance to the electric Megane E-Tech.

The interior uses premium materials such as Alcantara and leather. Decorative inserts made of wood veneer are available in the maximum configuration. 12.3 inch virtual instrument panel, 12 inch infotainment center touch console. Also available as an option is a 9.3-inch head-up display, a middle airbag that deploys between driver and passenger, adaptive cruise control with lane keeping system, automatic parking system and all-round cameras. Austral is equipped with 32 driver assistance systems.

The car will be available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A semi-independent suspension is available for the front-wheel drive version, and a multi-link suspension for the all-wheel drive version. For all-wheel drive, the 4Control Advanced chassis is laid, at speeds up to 50 km/h the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction with the front ones for better maneuverability, if the speed is over 50 km/h, the wheels turn in the same direction as the front ones. The angle of rotation of the rear wheels is up to five degrees.

Austral will be offered in four modifications. In the basic version, the crossover has a three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-liter engine with a capacity of 130 hp, with an electric superstructure in the form of a 48-volt starter-generator. In this version, only a manual transmission is available. The second modification has a 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a 12-volt starter-generator, this version is available in 2 versions for 140 and 160 hp, manual gearbox or CVT. The third modification has a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor, the total power is 160 hp.The fourth modification is the top one in relation to others, the car will receive a full-fledged Austral E-Tech hybrid. The car will be produced on the basis of a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine with a total capacity of 200 hp. and a 1.7 kWh battery, claimed fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 km combined.

Renault Austral prices will be announced closer to the launch, which will take place around the end of the year.

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