The replacement for Renault's Kadjar SUV is due to be revealed within the next few months. In the meantime, the new AUSTRAL is undergoing its final phases of testing in various European countries.
The AUSTRAL is based on the same platform as Nissan's latest Qashqai - because of the Nissan/Renault alliance - and will replace the popular Kadjar.
Although still heavily disguised to avoid giving too much away to the opposition, some key styling elements such as narrow LED lights front and rear are obvious.
The new SUV will have a petrol hybrid-only engine line up, which includes a new E-Tech hybrid, a 1.3 engine with a mild hybrid function and a 1.2 TCe unit with 48V mild hybrid technology. The latter will be a first for Renault.
Renault says the car will have significantly reduced CO2 emissions – from 105g CO2/km (for the E-Tech engine, subject to testing) – and will have up to 200hp maximum power.