Renault revamps Kadjar

14 September 2018

RENAULT has announced revisions to its range of Kadjar SUV models, which have so far attracted more than 450,000 buyers world-wide, thanks to a little help from Nissan.

The Kadjar owes its 4WD prowess to the expertise of partner Nissan, with models such as the Qashqai and X-Trail having perfected the process.

Renault’s offering is a stylish alternative to these mainstream models, and now it gets a raft of small but collectively significant changes.

They include a slightly modified appearance inside and out, plus the adoption of a new range of petrol and diesel engines.

Among the changes are an increase in perceived quality, firmer seating for a better ride on long journeys, and a new lighting system that is six times more efficient than that of the current car.

Outside the front end looks wider and incorporates LED indicators into the daytime running lights, plus new rectangular fog lamps with LED Pure Vision technology. Energy consumption is six times lower than with halogen lamps.

At the rear, the indicators also gain LEDs, as do the reversing lights and fog lamps, which are now slimmer and built into the bumper.

There is a wider grille with new chrome inserts, while the bumpers are revised and there is a larger area of body-coloured paintwork.

The redesigned rear bumper gets touches of chrome, and top trim levels gain a shark fin antenna.

There are also two new types of 17-inch and 19-inch wheels, along with three new colours of green, blue and grey.

There is a flush-fitting multimedia touch screen and redesigned air conditioning controls, whilst the air vent surrounds, door handles and central console gain touches of satin chrome. The inner door panels are fitted with new controls for the electric windows and door mirrors, with backlighting at night.

The redesigned seats are much firmer, and there is a sliding centre armrest to cater for drivers of different heights and sizes, plus larger door bins capable of holding a 1.5-litre water bottle.

There are now two USB sockets in the rear, plus outside puddle lamps to light up the ground next to the front doors.

The vehicle gets the four-cylinder 1.3-litre petrol engine from the Scenic, which is offered in four versions, and there is also a 1.5-litre diesel option, which is more powerful than that of the current model.

Power rises by 5bhp to 115bhp, with more pulling power too, and it is available with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

At the top of the pile is a 150bhp version of this engine, which represents an increase of 20bhp over that of the current unit, and it will be offered with a choice of two or four wheel drive plus manual or automatic transmissions in due course.

Despite the changes, Renault makes no mention of any cost alterations, with prices ranging from £19,785 to £26,620.