Renault is continuing its offensive in the world of crossovers with the launch of Kadjar, the brand’s first C-segment crossover.
In a fast-growing and extremely popular area of the market, Kadjar will boost Renault’s ambitions on the international stage, as it is due to go on sale initially in Europe and in many African and Mediterranean Basin countries, followed by China.
This sibling to Captur shakes up established thinking by bringing an innovative and attractive proposition to the crossover market. The Renault Kadjar stands out through its fluid, athletic exterior styling. Meanwhile, its interior is both sporty and refined, courtesy of the quality of the materials employed and the attention that has gone into its finish.
Available with either four- or two-wheel-drive transmission, the Renault Kadjar encourages adventure while at the same time delivering easy manoeuvrability in town thanks to its compact footprint (4.45 metres long x 1.84 metres wide).
Furnished with high-quality interior appointments and modern equipment, the Renault Kadjar offers advanced connectivity with the R-Link 2 multimedia system, along with a relaxed experience behind the wheel, courtesy of the latest driving aids.
The Renault Kadjar also benefits from a range of particularly efficient engines which position it at the forefront of the segment in terms of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It is expected to share engines such as the 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesels from the new Qashqai .
The Renault Kadjar will be unveiled to the public at the 85th Geneva Motor Show which opens to the public on 5th March 2015.
It will go on sale in the summer in both Europe and a high number of countries in Africa and the Mediterranean Basin region and is scheduled to appear in RHD form in the UK in the Autumn.
Fluid, athletic exterior styling
The Renault Kadjar is a C-segment crossover that draws from the cues associated with SUVs, saloons and estates. It shares the DNA of the Captur concept car, along with hints of the DeZir concept car. Captur illustrates the ‘Explore’ petal of Renault’s design strategy – a world that evokes dynamism, strength and adventure – while DeZir, the concept car born from the ‘Love’ petal, endows the vehicle with an emotional, sensuous touch. Kadjar is moreover presented in Renault’s Flame Red colour which is emblematic of vehicles that inspire passion.
The big brother to Captur brings a new proposition to the crossover market through its unique design which marks a break from the segment’s current trends. The Renault Kadjar combines a bold personality with seductive appeal. Its compact footprint (4.45 metres long x 1.84 metres wide) and low roofline (1.60m) accentuate the vehicle’s dynamic stance.
The front end exudes an impression of strength. The manner in which the chrome strip continues across the head lights enhances the visual impression of width and contributes to Kadjar’s assertive character. Its flowing, athletic silhouette is reinforced by the muscular form of its wings, while the sensuous fluidity of its lines is accentuated by the finish of the doors which are flush with the sills.
The sculpted sides and powerful shoulders also contribute to the overall sensation of dynamism and strength. At the rear, the bodywork subtly integrates the bumper and firmly establishes the Renault Kadjar as a high-quality vehicle.
Renault Kadjar incorporates all the indispensable cues of the crossover world. Its generous ground clearance (190mm) provides an immediate impression of strength and hints at Kadjar’s ability to head off the beaten track.
The structured form of the grille heightens the assertive character expressed by the front end, while the front and rear skid plates – characteristic of SUVs – underline the Renault Kadjar’s adventurous temperament.
The large 690mm wheels and rims of up to 19-inches (depending on version) are further pointers to the Renault Kadjar’s sporty nature.
The lower door protective mouldings reinforce the model’s solid stance, while the black wheel arch extensions form an extension of the lower part of the body and provide another indication of the vehicle’s taste for escaping the crowd, as do the anodised aluminium roof bars which add to Kadjar’s dynamic poise.
Renault Kadjar’s strong character is reinforced by the new lighting signature which characterises the brand’s mid-range and high-end models.
An LED light guide in the form of the letter ‘C’ for the daytime running lights combines a sense of status-enhancing distinction with a high-tech feel. The continuity of the chrome strip within the headlight contributes to the impression of elegance and quality exuded by the vehicle.
The similarly modern rear lighting signature creates a rippled light effect, as seen on the Captur concept car. The Renault Kadjar’s refined and balanced lines are emphasised by the fitment of body colour door mirror housings and door handles for all versions.
Finally, the use of chrome for the windows and daytime running light surrounds, as well as for the sill guards heightens the impression of strength and quality exuded by this athletic crossover.
A refined, sporty interior
The Renault Kadjar offers a smart, comfortable and carefully appointed interior which mirrors the refinement of the model’s exterior lines.
The instrument panel falls naturally in the driver’s line of sight and suggests genuine enjoyment behind the wheel. The horizontal lines of the dashboard design emphasise the width of the cabin.
The Renault Kadjar’s dashboard is pleasant to the touch and of a very high-quality thanks to the use of foam-backed materials. The outstanding quality of the interior combines with a precise, immaculate finish.
The bold, expressive design of the gear lever serves as a reminder of the model’s sporty calling and is enhanced by refined, glittering inlays. A 1.4-square metre fixed glass sun roof adds to the balanced feel and brightness of the cabin.
Double rows of visible stitching for the seats, door handles and instrument panel cowling further enhance the Renault Kadjar’s interior. Kadjar’s personality is expressed as much inside the car as it is through its exterior styling to deliver a uniquely stylish blend of comfort and distinction.
Versatility inspired by estate cars
While the Renault Kadjar’s lines are honed to meet the exacting demands of customers in the segment, the model’s versatility also answers the needs of families thanks to its practical, modular design. The generously-equipped Renault Kadjar benefits from a raft of relevant, intuitive technologies which contribute to an efficient, relaxed driving experience.
Available with either 4x2 or 4x4 transmission, Kadjar is equally at home on open roads as it is in built-up areas.
Kadjar blends a subtle combination of SUV, estate car and saloon cues, while retaining the undiluted DNA and design thinking of the Renault brand. It offers an intuitive driving experience and first class travelling comfort for owners looking to get away from the crowd.
The Renault Kadjar takes its robust build from the world of SUVs. With all-wheel-drive, it offers improved traction thanks to a choice of three modes (Auto, LOCK and 2WD), allowing drivers to select the ideal transmission option for any given situation.
The generous 190mm ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 18 and 25 degrees respectively guarantee outstanding driveability whatever the type of terrain. Front and rear skid plates protect the vehicle’s underbody, while the stainless steel boot sill guard protects against damage and dirt.
Kadjar’s interior modularity is user-friendly and intuitive. Courtesy of handles located in the boot, the Easy Estate system automatically unlocks and folds the 60/40-split rear seats.
The two different boot configurations make it possible to choose between a ‘high’ position with a completely flat floor to facilitate the loading of large items, or a ‘low’ position to provide a maximum carrying capacity of 472dm3.
Meanwhile, the option of compartmentalising the boot into two or three sections is a smart way to protect items and prevent them from moving about while on the move.
The interior offers impressive cabin space. In the back, the height-to-roof lining dimension (910mm at 14°C) and 1,456mm of elbow room are amongst the best in the segment. The Renault Kadjar also provides 30 litres of practical stowage space in the cabin.
Quality equipment for a personalised, connected driving experience
The Renault Kadjar comes with an ultra-modern dashboard incorporating a seven-inch capacitive colour touchscreen TFT display that is brightly lit to optimise the clarity of information.
Kadjar is available with the Renault R-Link 2® multimedia system which is also available for the new Renault Espace. R-Link 2® comes as standard with voice recognition to control the navigation, telephone, apps and radio, ensuring a simple and safe means of accessing these functions. Its customisable home page facilitates access to the most frequently used functions.
The range of available apps provides an enriched experience in every area: motoring, travel, news, social media and practical solutions for everyday life.
Escapism and adventure in complete safety
Kadjar benefits from Renault’s expertise in the area of safety, assisted by the latest technologies designed to take care of passengers.
The Renault Kadjar’s head light units with Full-LED (Light Emitting Diode) twin head lights improve safety courtesy of a more intense and precise beam. The head light units incorporate two LED ‘Pure Vision’ modules that perform the functions of dipped and main beam. This Full LED ‘Pure Vision’ technology endows the Renault Kadjar with lights that are both precise and efficient. The ray emits a light close to that of the sun and 20 per cent more powerful than a halogen beam for enhanced night-time vision.
All of the driving aids are accessible from the R-Link 2® menu. The extensively-equipped Renault Kadjar features a raft of useful, intuitive technologies such as emergency brake assist, lane departure warning, road-sign recognition with speed limit alerts and a reversing camera.