The forthcoming new Renault Kadjar – available with two or four-wheel drive – will return up to 74.3mpg, equating to CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km.
There’s a choice of two small-capacity Renault dCi engines or one TCe turbocharged petrol unit, with manual and automatic transmissions.
A six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox is available with the dCi 110 engine, with a capacity of 1.5 litres and a power output of 110 hp. Fuel economy and CO2 figures are similar for both the manual and automatic versions.
The Kadjar is also available with the 1.6-litre dCi 130 engine, with power and torque figures of 130 hp and 320 Nm, and the 1.2-litre TCe petrol unit which, with power and torque outputs of 130 hp and 205Nm, produces similar performance to a normally aspirated 2.0-litre unit.
All three engines are allied to Renault’s Start & Stop technology to ensure that they use no fuel and emit no CO2 when the car is stationary in traffic, and are equipped with energy recovery systems which become effective when decelerating or braking.
Other fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies include latest-generation high-pressure fuel injection systems, low inertia turbochargers, friction reduction and the Renault Driving eco2 functions to help the driver adopt a more efficient driving style. All three meet EU6 emissions regulations, which has entailed the fitting of a NOx trap and particulate filter to the diesels.
The Kadjar also features a number of aerodynamic aids which reduce CO2 emissions by 4g/km at typical motorway speeds. They include wind tunnel-honed wheel rims, door mirrors, spoilers, underbody fairings; vents to reduce turbulence in the wheel arches; and active flaps which ensure that engine cooling is provided only as necessary.
The Kadjar has 190mm of ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 18 and 25 degrees respectively. Two-wheel-drive versions will be available with Renault’s Extended Grip traction control system. They will also be available with 17-inch Mud and Snow tyres with a specific tread pattern.
The four-wheel-drive models use the Renault-Nissan Alliance Electronic Traction Control (ETC) system, which drives a coupler to deliver torque to the wheels according to speed and level of grip. A rotary switch gives the driver access to three different driving modes.
‘LOCK’ places the transmission in four-wheel drive and transfers 50 per cent of torque to the rear. It functions at speeds of up to 25mph and is recommended for rough, uneven or low-grip conditions.
‘AUTO’ automatically distributes torque as necessary, and can transmit 50 per cent to the rear.
‘2WD’ locks out the rear wheels and is the best setting for dry, grippy roads.
The full UK model range, specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the UK on-sale date in the autumn.