The Kadjar clearly does not have the commercial career of his little brother, the Captur. In 2020, when the latter prances at the top of the ranking of best-selling SUVs in Europe, the Kadjar only points to 30e position. Light years from his rival, the Peugeot 3008, which points to the 7e place with nearly twice as many registrations to its credit. A problem that the new boss of Renault immediately pointed out, explaining that the poor performance of the C segment models (including the Kadjar) played on the profitability of the brand. Citing in passing the work and success of Peugeot with its 3008 which is a real cash machine. For the second generation of Kadjar, the Italian boss does not hide wanting to be inspired by the recipe of his competitor.
Kadjar 2: a more Renault style
If the sharing of technical elements with Nissan will continue, this will be less visible. So, the second Kadjar of the name will have more Renault spirit than its predecessor. The curves will give way to tighter lines, especially at the level of the wings while the engine cover will be more horizontal, the shield largely openwork and the headlights slimmed down. However, we should not expect an aesthetic revolution as Peugeot was able to operate with its 3008 II. The Kadjar II will thus retain a conventional Renault grille and a light signature still in the shape of C. The objective is to visually translate the move upmarket with an elegant aesthetic.
At the rear, the SUV will take up a gimmick initiated by the Mégane eVision concept: the light strip spanning the entire width. The light units thus do not encroach on the tailgate. It will not have escaped you that the model will adopt the new logo of the French brand to be inaugurated by the electric Mégane E-Tech, whose presentation is expected at the end of this year.
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The “Renaulution” aboard the Kadjar!
Inside, the evolution compared to the current generation will be much more obvious. Indeed, the Kadjar II should adopt the L-shaped dashboard, also released by the 100% electric Mégane. Thus, there is little risk of seeing layouts similar to those of the recent Nissan Qashqai … With this new layout, Renault will position the automated gearbox control behind the steering wheel in order to completely free the central console.. The infotainment system will be completely renewed, and the car will finally have digital meters. Moreover, according to our information, clear progress has been made on the quality of materials as well as that of assemblies. Luca de Meo, the new boss of Renault, intends to follow the path taken by Carlos Tavares with the brands of the former PSA group: move upmarket and sell high finishes in order to improve the margin.
Electrified, but not diesel
This new Kadjar will be based on the same evolution of the CMF-C / D platform as the third generation Nissan Qashqai. Thus, it will gain in lightness but also in rigidity. As for engines, it will abandon, like its Japanese cousin, diesel, to devote itself only to electrified gasoline. Initially, it will adopt the 4-cylinder 1.3 TCe associated with a micro hybrid system via a 12 V battery. It will be associated with a manual gearbox or an original Nissan CVT offer. However, this unit should give way, from 2023, to the 3-cylinder 1.2 TCe (internal code HR12) which will serve as the basis for many electrified systems. Starting with a light hybridization, but this time with a 48 V battery. This gasoline engine will also be used for the standard hybrid version developing around 170 hp and associated with the new E-Tech Medium gearbox. Subsequently, a rechargeable offer will also be offered. This PHEV system, which should deliver 200 to 210 hp, however, will arrive much later: Renault has long considered taking over Mitsubishi technology, before changing its mind, in the fall of 2020, to switch to the E- system. Tech Plug-in. The 4×4 transmission will also be in the catalog of this new Kadjar, as will the possibility of having a directional rear axle.
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A real Kadjar family
The story of Kadjar could have ended there. But Renault intends to offer a real family around its compact SUV, known by the internal code HHN. So, it will be joined, in the course of 2023, by a model responding to the RHN code, which is none other than the replacement for the Koleos. It could very well keep this name, but it should be able to accommodate up to 7 places. It would thus be the only one able to do so in the Renault range, after the disappearance of Espace and Scénic. A year later, a third thief will appear: the DHN. It will be a “coupe” version of the Kadjar which should have the most powerful engines of this small family.
Everyone in Spain
Spain will be the stronghold of Kadjar. Thus, in addition to the E-Tech boxes manufactured in the Seville plant, and the HR12 engine assembled in the Valladolid unit, the entire “Kadjar” family will be manufactured in Palencia. Moreover, production of the standard version, HHN, will start, according to our information, from November. The commercialization of the model is expected for the following spring..