Renault has just revealed to us the appearance of the new Renault Australa model manufactured in the Palencia Factory destined for the national and international market that will be one of the pillars of the reconquest of the C segment that makes up the heart of the world automobile market.
The new Renault Austral sports an athletic, sensual and technological exterior design and is the first Renault vehicle designed on the third-generation CMF-CD platform developed jointly within the Alliance.
Although the orders of new Renault Austral will open in mid-2022 For marketing in the fall, today we are going to tell you everything we know about this new SUV from the diamond brand.
The new Renault Austral is part of a strategy through which the brand wants to reinvent itself.
At the front, it sports a wide grille made up of squares that is crossed at the top by a horizontal chrome line that extends to the headlights. At the bottom, on higher versions, a sporty color-matched louvre and Gloss Black aerodynamic side vents complete this characteristic front end.
At the rear, the vehicle’s name is proudly displayed in chrome lettering in an elegantly sculpted and dynamic ensemble.
For the new Austral, designers have used proportions made up of overhangs (925 mm at the front and 917 mm at the rear) and wheel dimensions (up to 20 inches and 720 mm in diameter), giving it muscle and refinement.
At 1.62 meters high, 1.83 meters wide and 4.51 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.67 meters, the model sports ideal proportions.
The front and rear lighting of the new Austral is LED. At the front, it integrates the C-shaped light signature that characterizes Renault models. This multifunctional lighting is proposed in three versions: LED Pure Vision, LED Adaptive Vision and LED Matrix Vision with dynamic indicators.
The taillights are also C-shaped and join the Renault logo to create a light signature that runs along both sides of the boot. Dynamic turn signals highlight the whole.
Equipped with the Matrix Vision LED headlights, the headlights are turned on from the inside to the outside and then the daytime running lights and turn signals come on. At the rear, the light strip and headlights illuminate while the turn signals activate with a dynamic boost.
The new Renault Austral will be available with seven elegant body colors: Glacier White, Pearlescent White, Desire Red, Lightning Blue, Brilliant Black and a new Slate Grey. In the Esprit Alpine version, it also has the exclusive Satin Slate Gray color that accentuates its sporty look.
In order to personalize the vehicle and refine its silhouette, the higher versions have a two-color finish as standard (also available as an option on other versions) that combines the roof with the color Glossy Black, the mirror caps, the of air from the front bumper and those found under the bodywork.
The vehicle boasts an imposing presence with wheels sporting 17- to 20-inch rims, most of which are diamond-coated.
Inside, the large OpenR screen stands out, which is activated with a welcome sequence. The ambient lighting lights up highlighting the driving position and the speakers emit a new Renault identity sound.
The model combines the digital display on the instrument panel and the multimedia screen on the center console, forming an inverted “L”. These two elements together form a single large screen.
The OpenR screen offers a total viewing surface of 321 cm² for the 12.3” instrument panel screen (1,920 x 720 pixels, horizontal format) and 453 cm² for the 12” multimedia central screen (1,250 x 1,562 pixels, vertical format), which make a total of 774 cm². With the high resolution image projected by the 9.3” head-up display and 210 cm², we will be more than served.
In the normal range, the multimedia screen measures 9 inches (1250 x 834 pixels, landscape format). Both screen formats have the same characteristics: IPS TFT LCD technology, HD resolution 167 pixels per inch, refresh rate 60 Hz, 8 bits per color (that is, 16 million colors), Gamut NTSC 80% and compatible capacitive screen with the use of gloves.
The instrument panel part of the OpenR screen allows the driver to display four different views according to their current priority: Driving (counters), Navigation (mapping), Zen (minimalist) and Realistic (realistic modeling of the road and traffic around the vehicle).
The interior design allows for the introduction of a tall and wide center console, baptized “great comfort console”. This palm rest frees up a small “pocket void” space at the front complete with two cup holders, two USB Type-C sockets as well as a 12V socket. Others two USB Type-C sockets are available on the back.
Depending on the version and the options chosen, the interior of the Austral is accompanied by real wood, leather, Alcantara, quilted fabric, upholstered materials that are pleasant to the touch and lacquered trim in Glossy Black and Satin Chrome.
At the front, each occupant has a width at the elbows of 150cm and a width at the hips of 137cm.
Passengers are not far behind. The radius available for the knees reaches 27.4 cm – in the versions without sliding rear bench seat or with sliding seat in standard position – and the height under roof exceeds 90 cm. On-board accessibility has been optimized and the width of the doors is 67.6 cm at the front and 57.7 cm at the rear.
Storage spaces have been key and we have: 2 liters hidden under the palm rest, 3.6 liters in the rear of the center console, a glove box of 6.4 liters and the capacity of the glove boxes of the doors of 4.3 liters in the front and 2.1 liters in the rear.
Second-row passengers can also enjoy a large center armrest with cup holders – available with the sliding rear bench seat. In front of them, the front seat backs carry ample storage bags of 2.2 liters each. In total, New Austral has 35 liters of storage space in the automatic versions and 31 liters in the manual transmission.
Depending on the version, the new Austral offers a rear bench seat that can be folded down in two parts, 2/3-1/3. Each part can slide 16 cm independently. In addition, the backrest of the rear bench has adjustable inclination (25 °, 27 ° and 29 °).
In the Mild Hybrid version, with the fixed rear bench seat, the trunk offers a volume of 500 dm3 VDA (430 dm3 VDA in hybrid E-TECH version). With the sliding bench, it reaches up to 575 dm3 VDA (555 dm3 VDA in hybrid E-TECH version). When folding down the seat, the available volume reaches 1,525 dm3 VDA (1,455 dm3 VDA in hybrid E-TECH version).
The model is equipped with a motorized gate available as an option in the Techno version and as standard in the Iconic version.
The chassis of the new Austral is offered in two versions: flexible axle with torsion beam for the two-wheel drive models and multi-link rear axle for the versions equipped with the four-wheel drive 4CONTROL advanced.
In the version with two steering wheels, the turning radius is 11.5 meters. In the four-wheel drive version, it falls to 10.1 meters.
The new Renault Austral has a range of innovative powertrains with a new generation of 400 V mains hybrid E-TECH system that reaches up to 200 CV, in addition to another gasoline engine: a MildHybrid 12 V of 140 CV and 160 CV. These engines are part of the collective electrification framework of the Renault range.
The hybrid E-TECH engine features a combined power of 146 kW, i.e. 200 hp. It is made up of a new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 96 kW of power and a torque of 205 Nm. It is associated with a more powerful electric motor with higher torque (50 kW and 205 Nm), a lithium-ion battery with greater capacity (1.7 kWh / 400 V) and a gearbox that goes from 6 to 7 gears. The latter has been optimized in terms of torque capacity (step from 350 Nm to 410 Nm).
With two possible power levels of 160 hp and 200 hp, the hybrid E-TECH engine comes as the most desirable option.
The first level of hybridization offered with the new Austral, the MildHybrid engine, is based on a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection turbochargeralready available in part of the Renault range.
It is available with a automatic gearbox X-TRONIC with two power levels, 140 hp and 160 hp, and a 6-speed manual transmission in the 140 hp version.
Thanks to the new 160 hp 12V MildHybrid engineNew Austral reaches a maximum torque of 270 Nm, available from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm and mixed consumption from 6.2 l/100 km, with initial CO2 emissions of 136 g/km – pending final homologation -) .
The new Renault Austral will have up to 32 driving aids and elements such as Google Maps, Google Assistant or Google Play. Music lovers will be able to enjoy their favorite tunes thanks to connectivity and optional equipment from Harman Kardon.
Source | Renault