► 2023 Renault Austral to replace Kadjar
► The SUV shares its vehicle architecture with the Nissan Qashqai
► Hybrid models confirmed, but no all-electric powertrain
Renault has confirmed the Austral will only be offered with electrified powertrains, which is set to replace the Kadjar when it launches later this year.
The French carmaker has named both 1.2-litre and 1.3-litre mild-hybrid engines for the new SUV, but has suggested there will be more engines on offer.
Under the camouflage wrap, the Austral appears to borrow its styling cues from the recently-unveiled Renault Megane E-Tech electric SUV, with C-shaped headlights and a rising shoulder line at the C-pillar.
Expect the 2023 Renault Austral to be unveiled in the second quarter, with the vehicle’s launch likely in the second half of 2022.
The Austral will share its underpinnings with the new Nissan Qashqai, using the CMF-C platform as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. That could mean a bigger size: the third-generation Qashqai has grown to 4510mm in length – 61mm longer than the Kadjar – giving greater interior space for occupants.
Named after the Latin word ‘australis’, meaning ‘of the south’, the new Austral is part of the company’s plan to 'reconquer' the C-segment of the European market, as outlined at the Renaulution event in January.
'[The name] Austral conjures up the vibrancy and heat of the south, the tranquil pleasure of nature, as well as wide open spaces, evoking limitless opportunities,' the company explained at the model’s announcement.