The French have just unveiled the updated 2019 Renault Kadjar crossover and when it arrives in the UAE next year it will slot into the line-up priced just right for budget-conscious buyers
We like the French best when they stick to what they know best: awesome hot hatchbacks. Recently however they are no more immune to the crossover craze than any other manufacturer – the new Renault Duster and Renault Arkana are just a couple of upcoming examples.
Now there is also a mid-life update to consider for the new 2019 Renault Kadjar that was launched three years ago and seems ripe for a facelift. Slotting in between that AED51,030 Duster and the AED69,930 Koleos, you can pretty much guess the Kadjar’s pricing once it’s ready to roll out next year.
Up front the car gets Renault’s new family face with LEDs in the fog lamps and indicators, which is repeated around the back. The grille is now also wider and the designers have splashed on more body-colour where there was only black plastic cladding before, plus you’ll get to choose between 17-inch and even 19-inch wheels and three new exterior colours, including the Iron Blue in these photos.
Inside the 2019 Kadjar the highlights is a new capacitive touchscreen (with a smartphone mirroring function so you can see what your phone is showing on the dash display) and air conditioning controls, plus decorative touches like satin chrome and backlighting. According to the French, emphasis was placed on comfort so the seats got a complete redesign with added length adjustment and higher-density foam used throughout. For the all-important rear passengers Renault has thrown in two USB sockets to keep your kids’ devices charged for peace-keeping duty.
As for the engine, in Europe at least, the sole petrol powerplant is 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder although it’s available in two trims. The first is the TCe 140 mated to an automatic transmission, and the top-spec TCe 160 makes 160 horsepower and 260Nm of torque, which is enough to motivate the 2019 Renault Kadjar from zero to 100km/h in less than 10 seconds. It remains to be seen whether our Middle East cars will move with the times or retain the current 1.2-litre turbo producing 130bhp and 205Nm of torque.