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First Details Announced for Renault Austral SUV

14th Apr 2023

By Chris Russon

Renault Austral Side Renault Austral Rear Renault Austral Exterior Badge
Renault Austral Side Renault Austral Rear Renault Austral Exterior Badge

The first details of the new Renault Austral self-charging hybrid SUV have been revealed, with the French carmaker promising plenty of technology and a nod to its Alpine sports brand.

The Austral will come with up to 30 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and settings, which give four different driving styles suitable for a range of journeys and terrains, a four-wheel steering system and a new 197bhp petrol hybrid powertrain with a 400V 1.7kWh lithium-ion battery.

Renault says the car is capable of up to 60.1mpg on average, giving it a range of up to 683 miles with emissions of 105g/km.

Three versions will be available – Techno, Techno Esprit Alpine and Iconic Esprit Alpine – and the Austral follows the new Arkana and Megane E-TECH Electric in Renault’s medium-sized SUV line up.

At 4.51 metres in length, the vehicle is designed to replace the Kadjar in the current range. It uses a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor, which offers zero emission city driving while the battery recharges when decelerating and braking with no need to plug in.

With a city-car like turning circle of 10.1 metres, the Austal has a 555-litre boot and comes with rear and side parking sensors and a 360-degree 3D camera system.

There are also twin 12-inch OpenR screens and a 9.3-inch head-up display, powered by Google services, which includes Google Play, Google Maps and Google Assistant. A range of up to 35 apps are available and all can be voice operated.

Prices are still to be announced, but the Austral is expected to cost from around £40,000 when it arrives in the summer.

Prices correct as of 14/04/2023 and are subject to change.