Facelifted crossover could be coming to Australia
The updated Renault Kadjar has been spotted during development testing in Europe, giving us an early look at what to expect from the refreshed crossover.
It appears the majority of the changes will be focused on the front- and rear-end styling – hence the concentration of black-and-white camouflage in those areas – with a design more in keeping with the company's newest models, namely the Megane hatchback and Koleos SUV.
The grille appears larger and the front bumper gets a new fog-light arrangement and air intake design, while the rear should get a new bumper in addition to revised tail-lights. Expect new lighting signatures for the head- and tail-lights, too.
While not clear in the images supplied, our photographers noted that this prototype's interior appeared to be covered, so a significant update to the dashboard design could be in the works as well – expect the large portrait-style display in the Megane and Koleos to be offered on higher grades.
The updated model should also get the latest and greatest driver assistance and active safety technologies. Currently, the Kadjar range in Europe offers AEB, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning – we'd wager adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and high-beam assist will be added with the update as per the related 2018 Nissan Qashqai.
In terms of powertrains, it's believed revised versions of the current four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel units will carry over, though we'll have to wait for the official reveal for full details.
Despite not currently being available in Australia, the Kadjar could one day join the French brand's range Down Under, with the company's local division recently telling CarAdvice the updated crossover is under consideration.
Considering the larger Koleos is the top-selling Renault model in Australia, and our market's increasing hunger for SUVs, the Kadjar would be a logical addition to the local range – provided it's priced right.
The Kadjar is solely produced in Spain, meaning it would be expensive to source, potentially pushing it too close to the Korean-sourced Koleos. In saying that, Nissan imports the Qashqai from the UK and that kicks off at $26,490 before on-road costs – some $3000 cheaper than the most affordable X-Trail, which shares its underpinnings with the Koleos.
We're not sure exactly when the new Renault Kadjar will be revealed, but it could debut as soon as the Paris motor show in October, ahead of a European market launch at the end of this year or early next.
Should the new model be green-lit for Australia, we could see it in local showrooms sometime in 2019. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest updates.
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