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The Renault Austral SUV has been Unveiled

Two full-hybrid and two mild-hybrid powertrains are available for the third-generation CMF-CD platform-based Austral SUV.

Renault has unveiled the all-new Austral SUV, which will take the place of the Kadjar SUV in international markets. The Renault Austral features bold styling, a vastly improved equipment list, and all-electric powertrains.

  • First Renault to use third-generation CMF-CD platform
  • Sold abroad with two full-hybrid and two mild-hybrid options
  • Top spec variants come with multi-link set-up at the rear

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What’s New in The Renault Austral SUV?

Renault Austral SUV
Renault Austral SUV

It’s the first Renault to use the new third-generation CMF-CD platform, which was co-developed with Alliance partners Mitsubishi and Nissan and can accommodate a variety of electrified drivetrains, and is positioned as a competitor to the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4. The Austral will be available in two full-hybrid systems, with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor producing 157hp and 196hp respectively.

There’s also a mild-hybrid petrol option, which Renault touts as a “true diesel alternative.” It combines the same engine with a 48V battery and a belt-integrated starter-generator to provide an electric boost under load, lowering gasoline consumption. The 12V mild-hybrid petrols, which use a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine to produce 138hp and 157hp, kick off the lineup.

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The Austral comes standard with torsion-beam rear suspension, but top-of-the-line cars with four-wheel steering get a multi-link setup. These cars also have a 13:1 steering ratio (down from 14.7:1) for more precise handling and a 10.1-metre turning circle. Renault’s midsize SUV is getting a structural makeover as well as a major design overhaul to bring it in line with the new Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and improve aerodynamic efficiency.

Renault Austral SUV
Renault Austral SUV

Inside, the Austral is noticeably more upmarket than its predecessor, with a focus on material quality and enhanced technology.

The 12.3-inch display screen and 12-inch infotainment screen in the OpenR infotainment touchscreen fitted to higher-spec models is described as “one of the largest screens in the automotive market,” combining a 12.3-inch display screen and a 12-inch infotainment screen into one digital panel. To avoid scratches, it is protected by Gorilla Glass.

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Renault’s India Strategy

Renault is getting ready to launch the Arkana SUV in India, and the vehicle has already been spotted testing on our soil. In addition, the Megane E-Tech could be brought to India in the future, and the company is developing an all-new SUV to replace the now-defunct Duster.

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