8 March 2022

Renault Austral

Renault introduces Austral

8 March 2022 - Renault brings a new model to its SUV range: the Austral. The All-New Renault Austral merges together the hallmarks of SUV models with Renault's new design principle. The Austral comes in seven body colours. The Esprit Alpine version also features the exclusive Satin Shale Grey that helps accentuate its look. The Austral's high-tech cockpit is built around the large OpenR screen that combines the 12.3" dashboard instrument display with the 12" vertical multimedia screen. The new 9.3" Head Up Display, projected through the windscreen, adds to the total number of screens on board.

The Austral also features the cruising console. Depending on the trim and chosen extras, the interior of the Austral incorporates real timber, leather, Alcantara, padded textiles and other form-fitted materials that are soft to the touch and paired with lacquered highlights in Deep Glossy Black and Satin Chrome.

Renault Austral

The modular design means that some models feature a 2/3-1/3 split-folding rear seat that can also be individually adjusted along 16 cm rails. The boot comes fitted with a hands-free power tailgate and 500 dm3 VDA on the Mild Hybrid and Mild Hybrid Advanced models. Thanks to the sliding bench seat, the tank capacity goes from 575 dm3 VDA to 1,525 dm3 VDA (when the rear bench seat is folded away).

For the first time ever on a Renault vehicle, the Austral also comes in an exclusive Esprit Alpine version for a sportier look. It draws inspiration from the sporting DNA of Renault Group's flagship brand, Alpine. This version sees the Austral with an more assertive design underpinned by a new, specially designed, Satin Shale Gray body colour. This latest generation of matte-finish body colours is robust and easy to maintain. The sporty feel is enhanced by the addition of a grille bar and Satin Grey sport blade; 20" diamond-cut black Daytona aluminium rims with 'Alpine' branding; Satin Black roof rails; and décor highlights in Diamond Black, Extra Glossy Black and Ice black appear across the car's exterior. Esprit Alpine badges located on the car's side round out the range of the trim's unique features.

The Austral is the first Renault model to benefit from what the Alliance's new CMF-CD next generation platform has to offer. The brand-new CMF-CD platform heralds in a complete overhaul of the compact and high-end segment line-ups for the Alliance's international brands. The Austral chassis comes in two versions: flexible torsion beam for two-wheel steering models and a multi-link rear axle with 4CONTROL Advanced for four-wheel steering. The four-wheel steering model has turning circle measuring 10.1 metres.

The Austral benefits from a range of powertrains with a selection of electrified motors to cover all uses without having to change ones driving habits: the latest generation of E-TECH Hybrid motors on a 400V network for up to 200 hp, and two petrol engines: a 130 HP 48V Mild Hybrid Advanced and a 140 HP / 160 HP 12V Mild Hybrid.

The Austral introduces a brand-new E-TECH 'full hybrid' engine. It comes equipped with a 1.2 L 3-cylindres turbocharged petrol motor paired with an electric motor, a 1.7 kWh lithium-ion 400V battery, and a smart multi-mode clutch-less dog box. It has a combined power of up to 146 kW, or 200 HP. As with the previous generation of E-TECH Hybrid engines, the car always starts in full-electric mode for a driving experience that is unique to electric cars, combining silence with responsiveness. Equipped with the latest E-TECH Hybrid engine, the Austral has optimal levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions (starting at 4.6 L/100 km and 105 g of CO2/km, pending certification) making it one of the most cost-efficient hybrid SUVs to run.

The Mild Hybrid Advanced engine makes its Renault début with the Austral and serves as an alternative to Diesel. It combines the latest 1.2 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery and starter motor. The 130 HP engine and manual transmission keep fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions to 5.3 L/100 km and 123 g CO2/km (pending certification). The settings can be toggled to maximise energy output while keeping fuel use 20% lower than that of an equivalent non-hybrid combustion motor.

The Mild Hybrid engine is the first-level hybrid motor offered on the Austral and utilises a 1.3 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that is already available on selection of Renault vehicles. Developed in collaboration with Daimler, the engine is backed up by a starter motor and a 12V lithium-ion battery. It boasts either 140 HP or 160 HP with the X-TRONIC automatic transmission, or as 140 HP on a manual model. The 160 HP 12V Mild Hybrid engine on the Austral boasts maximum torque of 270 Nm available from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm and mixed cycle fuel economy as low as 6.2 L/100 km, with CO2 emissions starting at 136g/km (pending certification).

In addition to the latest generation E-TECH technology, new petrol motor, optimised transmission, and increased battery capacity (from 240V up to 400V), the new model has been fitted with two other innovations. The air conditioning system has been fitted with an innovative cooling mechanism so the car can run normally no matter what the weather is like. Moreover, the number of possible energy sources has also increased from 14 to 15.

Each of the three electrified motors features regenerative braking. For the E-TECH Hybrid, the driver can select one of four different modes using a toggle located behind the steering wheel. On the E-TECH Hybrid and Mild Hybrid Advanced versions of the Austral, the brand-new digital dashboard features animations that are specific to hybrid models.

The Predictive eco driving advice helps the driver adopt a more fuel-efficient style by using either the instrument panel or the 9.3'' Head Up Display to indicate the best time to release the accelerator pedal as the car approaches a particular road event (sharp turn, roundabout, drop in speed limit, toll area, or intersection with a 'STOP' or 'GIVE WAY' sign). On the E-TECH Hybrid engine, it is enhanced by the Predictive hybrid driving function that helps optimizing route planning while driving in electric mode.

Linked up with the My Renault platform, it provides practical solutions for remote check-ups and guidance. Private and professional owners alike benefit from a full range of services whereby some functions can be controlled and certain vehicle data can be accessed remotely.

Unveiled in a digital world premiere on 8 March, Renault Austral will go on sale from the last quarter 2022.