Renault puts the focus on crossovers
Within three years, the manufacturer will have three crossover products in the UK, comprising the Captur and Kadjar and a new version of the Koleos, which had been withdrawn at the end of 2011. This is likely to be a similarly-sized vehicle to the Nissan X-Trail, possibly with the option of seven seats.
The Kadjar, which opens for ordering on the 1st of July, shares its platform with the Nissan Qashqai and will give Renault the tool to compete for sales with cars including the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-3 and Volkswagen Tiguan for the first time.
Its 1.5-litre diesel engine is likely to be the most popular with fleets, offering fuel consumption of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km with either the six-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox options. A 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre turbodiesel, both producing 128bhp, complete the range.
Trim levels mirror the Captur, comprising Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and the Signature Nav trim introduced on the smaller crossover earlier this year.
Sales are expected to be heavily weighted towards the top two trim levels, particularly Dynamique S Nav which adds 19-inch wheels, parking sensors and half-leather upholstery for £800. Predicted to be popular with company car drivers, it’s possible to downsize from 19-inch to 17-inch wheels, which keeps CO2 emissions under 100g/km.
Customers will be able to order from the 1st July, with first deliveries in September.