Renault has confirmed the mid-sized Kadjar SUV will be making the trip Down Under, with an arrival set for some time in 2019.
Andrew Moore, Renault Australia managing director, this week confirmed the news at the local launch of the Megane RS. The car coming Down Under is the facelifted model, revealed on Thursday morning for the European market.
Compared to the car it replaces, the facelift gains a fresh infotainment system, sharper looks and the option of a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developed alongside Mercedes-Benz. Front and all-wheel drive variants are offered, along with a choice of petrol or diesel power. We'll have more details on the engine line-up closer to launch.
“It is with great excitement that I can confirm that the Renault Kadjar SUV will be coming to Australia in the second half of 2019," Moore said.
"The stylish Kadjar mid-size SUV is a strong seller in Europe and along with our smaller Captur SUV and larger Koleos SUV product offerings, will provide Renault with a genuine SUV line-up to appeal to a wide range of Australian customers."
Along with the Kadjar, which slots into the Renault range between the Captur and Koleos, the company is reportedly making good progress on the dual-cab Alaskan and compact Oroch utes, both of which have been on the wish list for a while now.
The new Arkana, or some variation of that car, is also on the table – at least, it will be if it's developed for right-hand drive markets, which isn't currently the case. Instead, it's built in Moscow for the Russian market, and the Russian market alone.
“Our ambition for Renault Australia is to become a strong player in the SUV segment. We’ve already seen success in the popular SUV space with our top-selling Koleos and Captur and our intention is that in the future we will have an SUV that perfectly matches the various lifestyles of all Australians,” Moore said.