Customers in France will be able to order the all-new Renault Kadjar from June 1, with the new model starting from €22,990 (approximately $25,560).
The Kadjar will be offered with three engine options: the Energy TCe 130 petrol unit, Energy dCi 110 diesel (with manual or EDC transmission) and Energy dCi 130 diesel.
The smaller diesel engine has an average fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100km (74.3 mpg UK or 61.9 mpg US), with corresponding CO2 emissions of 99g/km. The SUV can be had in 4×2, 4×2 with Extended Grip and 4×4 configurations.
The Kadjar is available in four trim levels (Life, Zen, Business and Intens) and a limited Edition One version. The entry level Life model is equipped with manual climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and a Bluetooth radio-CD with MP3 playback and voice commands. The trim level also includes 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome window surrounds and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The Zen equipment level adds rear parking sensors, electrically-folding door mirrors, lane departure warning, road-sign recognition and extra-tinted rear glass. It rides on 17-inch wheels as well, but they have a diamond-effect.
Moving up in the range, the Business trim level is equipped with front parking sensors plus the new Renault R-Link 2 multimedia system. Finally, the range-topping Intens equipment level rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and features standard full LED Pure Vision headlights, simile leather/fabric upholstery and a Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Customers also get the Renault R-Link 2 multimedia system, plus a range of driver aids including Easy Park Assist, a blind spot detector, a reversing camera and Active Emergency Braking.
As for the Kadjar Edition One version, it is based on the Zen equipment level and comes with additional features like front parking sensors, the new Renault R-Link 2 multimedia system, a 60/40-split rear bench seat complete with the Easy Break system and a forward-tipping front seat back that can form a small table.
The Kadjar Edition One also gets 19-inch alloy wheels, metallic grey front and rear skid plates and specific combined simile leather/fabric upholstery, along with exclusive interior trim features.
The Renault Kadjar is about to hit the European market, where it will go up against the Nissan Qashqai and rivals from Toyota, Ford, Mazda or the PSA group. The Kadjar is strongly styled and has strong engines, but will it be enough to steer buyers towards it over competitors?
Well, WhatCar? asked its readers what they though of it and whether they’d buy it or not.
The general impression is one of outright style, with some readers noting that the Kadjar looks like its designers actually tried harder than, say, on its Qashqai brother.
If Renault gets the formula right for its larger SUV, and infuses it with enough new Espace-ness, then the premium vehicles in the same size segment will start to look questionably expensive compared to it.
But until then, do scroll down for the video impressions below!