Renault has published the first image of the interior of the new crossover Austral, which will replace the Renault Kadjar on the market.
So far, we have only a computer image, which, however, allows us to appreciate the non-standard design. The car will receive a digital instrument panel, as well as a huge display of the multimedia and entertainment system.
If this design is transferred to a production car, the screen will have an irregular shape that has not been used in any of the cars before. It is known that the total screen area will be 774 square centimeters. The car will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and will also receive built-in Google services, and access to most important functions will require no more than two taps.
The image also shows a steering wheel that has beveled top and bottom. There are plenty of storage compartments on the front, the total volume of which reaches 30 liters, and it will be possible to order a device for wireless charging of a smartphone as an option.
The car will be devoid of a transmission tunnel, which frees up more legroom for rear passengers. The folding back of the rear sofa adds practicality to the crossover: in expensive trim levels, it is equipped with an electric drive, which can be controlled using a button in the trunk.
The Austral is similar in many ways to the Megane E-Tech, however the vehicles are built on different platforms. The Megane is based on the electric CMF-EV it shares with the Nissan Ariya, while the Austral is based on a new version of the CMF-CD3 for internal combustion vehicles.
Austral will only be available in hybrid versions. The base version will receive a 1.3 TCe turbo engine with a 12-volt starter-generator. There will also be a version with a 1.2 TCe engine and a 48-volt starter-alternator. The top version will be a full hybrid E-Tech with 200 hp.
Austral will be fully presented this spring and will go on sale in the summer. In 2023, a seven-seater version of the Renault Austral will be released, with a coupe-crossover coming a year later.