Renault Austral is a new weapon to attack the global SUV market in the C segment against the Peugeot 3008, Toyota RAV4, and BMW X3.
The Renault Austral is built using a new generation platform in collaboration with Mitsubishi and Nissan called CMF-CD.
The Renault Austral has a number of engine options, but all of them are hybrids. There are full hybrids and mild hybrids, but none are plug-in hybrids.
Its main mainstay is a hybrid engine dubbed the E-Tech Hybrid. It is a 1200 cc turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor which is used to supply power to a 1.7 kWh 400V Lithium-ion battery.
With a combined 7-speed automatic transmission, there are two options, namely 158 and 197 hp.
For the Renault Austral with a Mild Hybrid engine, use a different engine. The Renault Austral Mild Hybrid uses a 4-cylinder 1,300 cc turbo gasoline engine with a starter motor and Lithium-ion battery.
This engine is available with a choice of manual or automatic X-Tronic transmission.
For the Mild Hybrid engine power output, there are also two options, namely 138 and 158 hp. Peak torque is the same at 270 Nm which is available from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm.
Renault Austral is equipped with 3 standard driving modes, namely Normal, Eco and Sport. Plus one driving mode that allows the driver to customize his own settings (Personal Mode).
Renault Austral is also equipped with technology that can help drivers while driving and parking and improve driving safety.
For example, 9.3-inch Head-Up Display (HUD), Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, Around View Camera, Automated Park-Assist, and Blind-Spot Warning.
Renault Austral has 7 color choices and has Esprit Alpine variants, performance brands like the BMW M-Sport or Mercedes-Benz AMG-Line.
The highest variant is equipped with four-wheel steering which makes the turning radius only 10.1 m.