Hybrid power comes first as Renault unveils new ‘electrified’ Austrian SUV


Renault has just revealed its new electric mid-size SUV, the Austral.

He replaces the Kadjar which has new styling, a large spec sheet and an all-electric powertrain.

A rival to the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4, it is the first Renault to use the new third-generation CMF-CD platform developed jointly with Alliance partners, Mitsubishi and Nissan. The range starts with two 12v mild-hybrid petrols powered by a 1.3-litre 4cyl engine (138hp and 157hp respectively).

After that, there will be two fully hybrid systems, each using a 1.2-liter three-round turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. They will produce a combined output of 157bhp and 196bhp respectively. For good measure, it looks like there will be a mild hybrid option with a 48volt battery.

The French manufacturer is doing its best to make its mark in the C-segment and in that focus, it introduces the sporty Esprit Alpine version for the first time on a Renault car.

With a design emphasis (new Renault logo) there are C-shaped headlights and alloys up to 20 inches.

Technologies include 4CONTROL Advanced and 32 driver aids while its OpenR monitor hosts the OpenR Link multimedia system.

This integrates many Google services and applications.

Renault says this is the “next major milestone” in the C-segment offensive started by the new electric Arkana and Megane E-Tech.

Depending on trim and options, the cabin combines real wood, leather, Alcantara, textiles and other materials that are soft to the touch.

It claims rear passengers benefit from knee space on par with best-in-class places, and there’s plenty of storage throughout the interior as well as a large trunk.

Two chassis versions are available: a flexible torsion beam for two-wheelers and a multi-link rear axle with 4CONTROL Advanced for four-wheel drive.

The rear wheel’s steering angle is now 5 degrees, making a rev of 10.1 meters (tighter than a regular city car).

A new active function to reduce fuel usage automatically suggests switching to Eco mode.

A total of 32 advanced driver aids: driver assistance, parking and safety.

These include the new Head Up Display, Active Driver Assist, Automatic Parking Assist, etc. Launches here will be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen is aiming to produce 40 million cars, each taking just 10 hours to build, well beyond the lifespan of a newly green-lit factory.

I wonder what the world will be like, and what kind of car will appear, when the 40 millionth car rolls off the production line?

The company will immediately use its mighty muscle in the electric world of tomorrow, it now plans to build a $2 billion (€1.8 billion) EV plant in Germany, allowing it locks horns at close range to Tesla.

The brand, whose ID Buzz is revealed to the world today, is pouring money into the production of the groundbreaking Trinity1 electric vehicle.

The new production site will be in Wolfsburg-Warmenau, close to the brand’s current and famous factory.

It says that production of the Trinity, which begins in 2026, will be net carbon-free and will set a “new standard”.

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