Following the successful launch of the B-segment Captur crossover in May 2015, Renault is expanding its offering in SA’s hotly contested SUV crossover market with the new Renault Kadjar.
The new Renault Kadjar line-up comprises three models all powered by forced induction turbo engines.
The turbo diesel-powered Renault Kadjar Dynamique 96kW 1.6 dCi (320Nm) 4×4 is the flagship of the line-up. Next are the turbo petrol-powered Dynamique 96kW (205Nm)and entry-level Expression 96kW variants. All three models come standard with 6-speed manual transmissions.
According to the manufacturer, the Renault Kadjar’s length, width, wheelbase and ground clearance dimensions exceed those of comparable competitor models making it a serious contender in SA’s SUV stakes. The Kadjar is the result of the integration of three vehicle categories: capable SUV, dynamic hatch and versatile sportswagon.
It features a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control (Dynamique) and intuitive digital instrument cluster.
There also are the options of the high-tech Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Self-Parking with Blind Spot Detection and 360° Park Distance Control with rear camera on the Dynamique.
The ECO mode function is available across the range and electronically modifies the engine’s response to automatically lower fuel consumption by up to 12%.
Heralded as a stylish crossover, the UK media in particular has praised the New Renault Kadjar for its “overall (value-for-money) package, driving dynamics, ride, efficiency, fuel economy and space.” In November 2015 it was named Best Crossover at Next Green Car Awards (UK) while in January 2016 it scooped top honours in the “Small SUV Class” in Contracthireandleasing.com’s 2015 Car of the Year Awards (UK).
Renault Kadjar petrol Expression 96kW Turbo R 359 900
Renault Kadjar petrol Dynamique 96kW Turbo R 384 900
Renault Kadjar diesel Dynamique 96kW dCi 4×4 R 449 900