NEW SUV CAR Grand brother and cousin of the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault Kadjar seems born to be successful. This compact SUV could become a bestseller Diamond globally. Within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, SUVs and other crossovers are a strategic issue. Thus, the Nissan Qashqai has been able to replace the dull fine style compact sedan Almera, becoming the best-selling Japanese manufacturer in Europe. Better: this model has launched a vogue, in which many manufacturers have rushed, starting with Peugeot and 3008. At Renault, it is at the lower scale than the recipe worked. The blend of style and practicality, dominates the head and shoulders its segment in Europe, even managing to outdo his cousin, the Nissan Juke. In its first full year of sales, the urban crossover has managed to climb to third place in sales in France.
Today, with the Kadjar, Renault hopes to replicate that success. Witness to the importance of this launch: it's Carlos Ghosn himself who revealed the car to the media at a conference at the City of Saint-Denis Theatre. Choosing duplicate the recipe a segment above causes the diamond to bar the way to Nissan Qashqai, the most obvious of this newcomer competitor. 4.45 m long and 1.84 m wide, the Kadjar has very close to that of his cousin template (4.38 m and 1.81 m respectively). French has the advantage of a larger volume of trunk with 472 liters against 430 liters for Japanese.
NEW SUV CAR. The Kadjar is also a little more than to stand in the way of his cousin, since it also uses the modular platform CMF, which will also serve as the basis for the next generation of Mégane, scheduled for late 2015-early 2016 . first marketed in Europe, this model will be launched later in the Mediterranean, Africa and China, the market for which it will be produced in the factory in Wuhan.
Aesthetically, the Renault Kadjar can not deny its influence. It could be the fruit of love between a Qashqai and Captur. First, there are the rear fenders and the step marked the waistline at the back door. Second, we recognize the cover of modeling, the wings or the very recognizable design sills. Like other models designed by Laurens van den Acker having some best aspirations (Scénic X-MOD, Space, Koleos ...), the Kadjar adopt specific variant of the whisker grille, accompanied for the occasion of a larger part in the logo. The view from rear three-quarter reminds meanwhile the Mazda CX-7 ... A late model Laurens van den Acker had to learn to appreciate during its visit Mazda. If the Kadjar complex can adopt without the grille, it is indeed because it uses the underside of the Nissan Qashqai, starting with the all-wheel drive. In addition to the supply and traction, enhanced traction version, with a differential lock (as on the Scénic X-MOD), will also be in the catalog. In addition to manual gearboxes, automatic versions will be offered, without knowledge for the moment the exact details of the variants.
If Renault has not yet revealed the full range of engines, of course, is the 1.6 dCi 130 hp, also well known, which should provide the majority of sales. This should be supported by the top with strong 160 hp twin-turbo version and bottom, with the indestructible 1.5 dCi 110 hp. The radius gasoline, we should find entry-the 1.2 TCe 115 hp, also fairly widespread in the Renault range, while the 1.6 turbo 163 hp should be the high-end offering, as the Qashqai .
NEW SUV CAR. Inside, the slice dashboard rather sharpl. Upper segment requires, it does indeed shows not as colorful and adopt wiser lines, along with more opulent materials, promised the best in the segment by Carlos Ghosn. The floating center console supports, such as on space, the touch interface of the R-Link infotainment system 2. Finally, the handle passenger holding remind the world of off-road. This Kadjar can carry five passengers. Remains to be seen if, like Nissan, a long seven-seat version will be added to the catalog. it could take the name of Koleos.