The facelifted Renault Kadjar has been revealed, but it’s not yet clear whether it is destined for South African roads.
The local arm of the French automaker says it is still deliberating over whether to launch this updated Kadjar or the latest Koleos in South Africa, although a Renault customer support agent recently suggested to CARmag.co.za that the latter choice had been made.
So, back to the facelift. The Boulogne-Billancourt-based automaker says the Kadjar’s cabin has been “redesigned for an even more enjoyable day-to-day driving experience”, while “more advanced, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines” have been added.
The refreshed Kadjar gains the brand’s latest C-shaped lighting signature, complete with LED indicators integrated into the daytime running lights. The rectangular front foglamps also gain LEDs, as do the rear indicators, reversing lights and (slimmer) rear foglamps.
The grille, meanwhile, is wider than before and gains additional chrome inserts. The updated Kadjar will be offered with new 17- and 19-inch alloys, as well as three new exterior paint colours (“Oural Green”, “Iron Blue” and “Highland Grey”).
Inside, you’ll find a new, centrally mounted, seven-inch multimedia touchscreen with capacitive technology. This flush-mounted screen displays the R-Link 2 system (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), with the controls sited on either side. There’s also a new control panel for the automatic air-conditioning system.
The air-vent surrounds, interior door handles and central console feature satin chrome accents, while the inner door panels are fitted with new controls for the electric windows and door mirrors. The redesigned seats, meanwhile, now feature length adjustment.
And the engine line-up? Well, the Kadjar gains the 1,3 TCe petrol four-cylinder unit that was developed in co-operation with Daimler (and that does duty in the new Mercedes-Benz A200), available in two outputs and mated either to a manual transmission or a dual-clutch gearbox.
In terms of diesel, there’s a Blue dCi 115 engine (85 kW) as well as a Blue dCi 150 (110 kW) powerplant, both of which gain a little extra power other their predecessors. The latter will be offered in 4x2 and 4x4 versions.