The refreshed French SUV also comes with a redesigned exterior and revised interior.
The 2019 Renault Kadjar has been probably one of the most photographed vehicles in the last couple of months and we are happy to report the updated French SUV is finally making its official debut. It doesn’t come with a ton of innovations compared to its predecessor, but there are still some important improvements for the new model year to speak about.
Visually, the Kadjar carries over the familiar C-shape light signature from Renault’s other current models, but now the LED indicators are integrated into the LED daytime running strip. The higher trim levels also get standard reshaped LED fog lamps, which reduce the energy consumption six times compared to the conventional halogen units. Redesigned bumpers, additional chrome trim, and new 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels round off the design changes.
The most important improvement under the body is the addition of Renault’s new 1.3-litre petrol turbo engine. Developed in cooperation with Daimler, the motor is fitted with a petrol particulate filter, which destroys particles in the exhaust gases by trapping them in a microporous honeycomb structure that regenerates automatically at regular intervals. The new TCe unit will be available with 138 bhp and 158 bhp with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic.
The diesel range has also been updated and now features a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. The facelifted Kadjar will be offered with two diesels – Blue dCi 115 and Blue dCi 150, generating 113 bhp and 148 bhp respectively. Depending on the engine choice, a manual and an EDC automatic will be available, in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.
The interior of the refreshed Kadjar gets a couple of upgrades, too. Completely redesigned is the centre console, which is home to a new and more elegant multimedia touchscreen. Just below the display are the redesigned air conditioning controls. Renault claims it has used new and higher quality materials for the revised cabin, including new air vent surrounds, door handles, and inner door panels.
Check out the press release section below for more details.
Gallery: 2019 Renault Kadjar
2: Introduction and contents
3: Product film?
4: Exterior design
5: Interior design and perceived quality
7: Functional aspects
New KADJAR: taking attractive style and comfort to a new level
In 2015, Renault Kadjar established a strong position in the compact SUV segment. Its flowing lines, dynamic qualities and comfort attracted a wide range of customers. At the same time, Kadjar benefited from the expertise of our partner Nissan in all-wheel drive systems and off-road capabilities.
New Kadjar makes progress in all areas. While respecting traditional SUV design codes, it has a more attractive, stylish look, with dynamic contemporary lines.
New Kadjar places the emphasis on comfort, quality and ergonomic design. The interior has been redesigned for an even more enjoyable day-to-day driving experience.
Last, New Kadjar has more advanced, fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines for greater driving pleasure.
“Launched in 2015, Kadjar is a core vehicle in the Renault range, a global model already chosen by more than 450,000 customers in over fifty countries. New Kadjar will consolidate this position through a more modern, stylish design, improved comfort and better perceived quality. At the same time, it will build on its 4WD offering, since this sets it apart in the market."
Olivier Tschanhenz, Deputy Marketing Director
3: Product film?
4: Exterior design
Styling reviewed in every detail
“New Kadjar is more attractive, more luxurious, with a more assertive look. With a visibly wider and more refined front end, the exterior design is in harmony with that of other Renault SUVs. The strengthened LED light signature underlines the high-tech looks of New Kadjar. "
Stéphane Guarda, Vehicle Design Project Manager
Customer surveys show that styling is the main reason for purchasing Renault Kadjar. The lines of New Kadjar are more elegant, fluid and refined.
An all-new light signature
At the front, New Kadjar carries over the C-Shape light signature from the Renault range. It strengthens it by integrating LED indicators into daytime running lights. The fog lamps also gain LEDs with LED Pure Vision technology (standard from the Intens trim level). As a result, energy consumption is six times lower than with halogen lamps. The fog lamps are now rectangular, accentuating the “go-anywhere” style of Kadjar.
At the rear, the indicators also gain LEDs, as do the reversing lights and fog lamps, which are now slimmer and built into the bumper for a more elegant finish.
A stronger visual identity
Designers reworked the front and rear ends of New Kadjar to give it even greater appeal. New features include a wider grille with new chrome inserts. The bumpers are more stylish with a larger area of body-coloured paintwork.
More opulent exterior styling
Depending on the trim level, the redesigned rear bumper features touches of chrome that give the car a stronger on-road stance. Top trim levels gain a shark fin antenna.
Even more choice
New Kadjar is available with two new types of 17- and 19-inch wheels, along with three new colours: “Oural Green”, “Iron Blue” and “Highland Grey”.
5: Interior design and perceived quality
An airy, opulent cabin
“For New Kadjar, we placed the emphasis on quality. We gave the trim inserts a more homogenous design and improved overall gap and flush. We also developed a flush-fitting multimedia touch screen and reviewed the design of the air conditioning controls. The improvements are clear to see."
Mehdy Delemer, Chief Product Specialist, Kadjar
Right from the start, Renault Kadjar made passenger comfort a priority. New Kadjar goes even further with a more contemporary design and improvements in perceived quality.
A new, more elegant multimedia touch screen
The central part of the dashboardhas a new multimedia touch screen with capacitive technology for a brighter display and greater sensitivity. Measuring 7 inches diagonally, this screen displays the R-LINK 2 system, with the controls on either side. The screen is flush-mounted for a perfect profile, giving the dashboard a more elegant, unbroken line.
Air conditioning controls with a more modern, ergonomic design
The new control panel for the automatic air conditioning has a more modern, ergonomic design, with the temperature and ventilation settings displayed in the centre of three thumbwheels. Clear and intuitive.
Further improvements in quality
New Kadjar has an eye for detail! The air vent surrounds, door handles and central console feature touches of satin chrome. The inner door panels are fitted with new controls for the electric windows and door mirrors, with backlighting for easier use at night.
New choices in interior ambience
New colours are now available, alongside new upholstery with top-stitching, in some cases with a textured 3D effect. Alcantara upholstery is also available, with the new Black Edition trim.
Encadré: KADJAR Black Edition
A new sporty finish called Black Edition now tops the Kadjar range. Distinctive interior features include Alcantara upholstery, a black headliner and special protective mats. On the outside, Kadjar Black Edition features new 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear protective skid plates in a contrasting colour and black door mirror housings.
Encadré: KADJAR Wave
For the launch of Kadjar in France, there will be a new limited series called Wave. Based on the Life trim, it includes special upholstery with blue top-stitching, a 7-inch multimedia touch tablet and dual-zone regulated air conditioning. It also features a front grille and rear bumper with chrome inserts, a chrome strip on the lower door guards, some 19-inch diamond-effect, roof racks and a shark fin antenna.
“Customer surveys highlight the comfort of Kadjar. With New Kadjar, we are aiming to do even better in this respect. We redesigned the seats to provide better support, improved the ventilation system and devoted particular attention to practical aspects such as the armrest, which now has a sliding function. "
Jean Chevennement, Assistant Program Director, Kadjar
On board New Kadjar, the upgrades in interior comfort make a real difference.
More ergonomic seats
The redesigned seats now feature length adjustment. They also include double density foam to enhance comfort and prevent fatigue on long journeys, and firmer side reinforcements provide better support. The sliding front armrest adapts to all body shapes.
Remodelled door inner panels
The door inner panels have been completely reworked. The controls for the electric door mirrors and one-touch windows are now on the same panel, which includes backlighting for use at night. Positioned under the inserts with their satin chrome trim, the door bins are now big enough to hold a large bottle of water.
Improved heating distribution
The new air vents on the back of the central console provide improved thermal comfort for passengers in the rear.
7: Functional aspects
New KADJAR makes life easier
New Kadjar has been reviewed in every detail to make it even more practical for everyday use.
A refitted central console
The central console has two larger cup holders with an adjustable function for greater convenience. The cubby in front of the gear lever now includes lighting.
On New Kadjar, the R-LINK 2 connected multimedia system includes a smartphone mirroring function, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Drivers can display their favourite driving-compatible apps directly on the cabin screen for greater safety and more ergonomic use.
An array of ingenious features
The bins in the front doors are now big enough to hold a 1.5 litre bottle of water. Passengers at the rear gain two USB sockets to charge phones, tablets, games consoles, etc. Last, puddle lamps light up the ground next to the front doors for easier access at night.
A more modular layout
Kadjar has one of the largest boots in its segment, with capacity of 472 dm³ VDA (527 litres). The rear 2/3-1/3 bench folds instantly with the “Easy Break” handles on either side of the luggage space. At the same time, the front passenger seat folds flat to load objects over 2.5 meters long.
Improvements in fuel-efficiency and performance
New Kadjar adopts new-generation Renault engines. To respect applicable standards, both the gasoline and diesel powertrains feature the latest emission control technologies. At the same time, they gain enhanced drivability and performance, along with lower fuel consumption.
Gasoline: An ultramodern 1.3 TCe GPF engine
New Kadjar adopts the 1.3 TCe engine first fitted on Scénic and subsequently deployed on Captur and Mégane. Developed by the Alliance in cooperation with Daimler, this powertrain meets the highest standards in performance and drivability. Performance is smooth and vibration-free with the 4-cylinder architecture. The engine also performs well at low revs, with its generous torque. On Kadjar, this engine is fitted with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF). The filter destroys particles in the exhaust gases by trapping them in a microporous honeycomb structure that regenerates automatically at regular intervals. The TCe GPF engine is available in four versions: TCe 140 GPF manual transmission, TCe 140 EDC GPF, TCe 160 GPF manual transmission and TCe 160 GPF EDC.
Diesel: more power, more drivability, fewer pollutant emissions
New Kadjar features modernized diesel engines with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, considered as the most effective nitrogen oxide (NOx) post-treatment solution. This technology cuts engine pollutant emissions with no trade-off in performance! At the same time, the engines now referred to by the name of “Blue dCi” gain enhanced power and drivability on New Kadjar.
- The Blue dCi 115 engine increases power by 5 hp and torque by 10 Nm compared with the previous-generation engine, for smooth, frugal performance. Available with a manual transmission, it will be available at a later date with the dual-clutch EDC transmission.
- The Blue dCi 150 is the cutting-edge option on New Kadjar. Increasing output by 20 hp compared with its predecessor, it delivers outstanding performance. Mated to a manual transmission, it will be available in 4x2 and 4x4 versions.
Reliability tested and approved
Powertrain durability is a key concern for Renault. The new 1.3 TCe gasoline engine underwent no fewer than 40,000 hours of tests on an engine test bench. This is equivalent to 14 years of operation, eight hours a day!
Equally at home on the road – or off it
Proven 4WD transmission
The 4WD transmission on Kadjar benefits from the expertise of Nissan. Kadjar delivers a surefooted performance on slippery roads, driving up to a ski resort in winter, for example, or driving on soft ground.
Three modes for a full range of requirements
The 4WD transmission on Kadjar offers a choice of three operating modes:
- 2WD: power is supplied only to the front wheels, to bring down fuel consumption.
- Auto: the onboard electronics automatically splits the torque between the two axles. Up to 50% of torque can be transferred to the rear wheels.
- Lock: the central differential is locked for a permanent 50/50 torque split between front and rear. Reserved for off-road use, this mode is available at speeds of up to 40 kmph.
These modes are selected using a thumbwheel ion the central console, behind the gear lever.
Real off-road capacities
With generous clearance of 200 mm, Kadjar can take on sunken paths without difficulty. The angle of attack (17°) and angle of departure (25°) are also geared to requirements.
The Extended Grip system for 2WD versions
Extended Grip remains available on 4x2 versions of Kadjar. Used with “mud and snow” tires, this anti-skid function improves traction for easier driving on muddy or sandy surfaces. Three modes can be selected using a thumbwheel on the central console, behind the gear lever.