Tweaked diesels and a new 1.3-litre petrol engine for Europe’s eighth-bestselling SUV

Renault has revealed the facelifted version of its Nissan Qashqai-rivalling Kadjar at the Paris motor show

Among the tweaks to the car, which was first introduced in 2015, are revised engines, with a new 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol unit co-developed with Daimler. It’s available in 138bhp and 158bhp guises, with both manual and EDC automatic gearboxes, and is claimed to have strong low-range torque. 

The Kadjar’s 1.5-litre dCi diesel engines have also been tweaked, and are now branded Blue dCi to signify their use of selective catalytic reduction in pursuit of lower NOx emissions. Power has increased for the engine in both states of tune, with 113bhp and 148bhp variants now available, in place of 109bhp and 128bhp pre-facelift.

Renault claims that most customers bought their Kadjar for its design, so changes to the car’s look have been subtle. On the outside, the Kadjar has been given a gentle refresh, with redesigned front and rear bumpers. Above this, the grille is wider and has more chrome than before. 

The headlight clusters keep the C-shaped Renault daytime running light signature, although this now incorporates the indicators, where before they were separate lamps. The foglights are now square, instead of round. At the rear, there are now LED reverse lights, foglights and indicators too.

Two new 17in and 19in alloy wheel designs are now available, while shades of grey, blue and green have been added to the car’s colour palette.

Inside, much of the car’s switchgear has been redesigned, with the air-con, window and door mirror switches improved – the last two of which are now backlit. The door cards have been redesigned and have larger storage capacities, while the centre armrest now slides rather than being fixed in place. Particular attention has been paid to the seats, which now use a new type of foam, are more supportive and have length adjustment up front. 

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The door handles, air vent surrounds and centre console trim have a metallic finish, while the infotainment system sits flush with the dashboard, and is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Rear passengers also get two USB ports. 

Details on pricing and specs are not being released until nearer the car’s on-sale date in the first quarter of 2019. Prices for the entry-level car are expected to start at around £20,500 - a small increase over the pre-facelift model’s £19,790.

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12 September 2018

 Can it do off a Road?, I only ask because the Eng8ne line up is a bit weedy......?

Peter Cavellini.

12 September 2018

4x4 available. Thank you.

RickM, Wheelman

12 September 2018

With up to 160bhp, just how fast do you wish to go 'off road'?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

12 September 2018

These type of things aren't built to go off road, they're designed for people who think they're a Kardasian in a Range Rover but they can't quite stretch to that. Fashion, fad, craze.

12 September 2018

Kadjar certainly needed improving because it was lagging behind especially with that plain dated interior.

As for it's off-road credentials...  What world has Peter Cavellini been living in for the past 6 years since the SUV boom? Actually make that the last 20 years or whenever the phrase "Chelsea tractor" became popular.

12 September 2018
Kadjar has dated and quickly, it was also too much like the Kumquat; almost a Kumquat with a Renault badge.

Good to see that it now has Renault switchgear as opposed to the awful Nissan ones and Renault A/C controls as opposed to the dated Nissan ones, hopefully it will have more of its own identity now and sales will pick up as I know it isn't doing as well as Ranult have hoped (in the UK at least).

12 September 2018

The 150hp engine is from a new 1.7L engine ( Which will replace the old 1.6dCi in most of the range following the WLPT reg ), not from the 1.5 as stated in the article.

 

 

TBC

12 September 2018

I had one as a hire car earlier this year, only because they didn't have what hey promised me. It was a manual petrol, swore I'd never have another, horrible underpowered thing.

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