Renault has decided to streamline its Kadjar SUV line-up by introducing two, all-new trim levels that pack in a higher tally of standard equipment.
The run-out models are priced from £25,595 for ‘Equilibre’ versions and £27,195 for ‘Techno’ variants respectively. Both are intended to keep the French family car match fit ahead of it being replaced next Spring.
A single engine powers both Kadjars in the form of a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder TCe 140 turbo petrol engine. Customers are able to choose from either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As part of the shake-up, Renault says “exciting new features” are now available for the first time. ‘Equilibre’ models wear 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and have chrome detailing on the grille, around the windows and on the door mouldings while the rear windows are now tinted.
Creature comforts include a part-digitised driver instrument binnacle and a seven-inch multimedia touchscreen that features satellite navigation with live traffic and travel alerts on top of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
A reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, lane-departure warning, automatic lights and wipers help bump up the equipment tally as does automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and a steering wheel that can be adjusted for rake and reach electronically.
Sitting on 19-inch wheels, other styling upgrades introduced by ‘Techno’ versions of the Kadjar include roof bars, front and rear skid plates, and a chrome finish for the driving light surrounds. LED headlights with directional indicators and LED fog lights with cornering function also appear.
Changes to the cabin see the chairs upholstered in a leather and cloth mix. The front passenger seat is height adjustable, and those travelling in the back benefit from their own set of air vents.
The safety equipment count is boosted by an auto dimming rear view mirror for the driver and the addition of blind spot warning for lane manoeuvres and Active Emergency Braking System.
Irrespective of grade, the Kadjar has 60/40 split-folding rear seats that can be lowered by tugging on one of two levers found in the boot, thus removing the need to open either rear door.
At 408-litres, the cargo area is on a par with class rivals and should be able to cope with most day-to-day jobs, while the height adjustable floor means taller items can be carried around in the boot.
Renault has confirmed that ‘Equilibre’ and ‘Techno’ is going to be rolled out across the rest of its range, although it is still to be seen if that means simplifying line-ups in a similar way to the Kadjar.
Both new Kadjar models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in February 2022.