It took Renault about a year to bring the facelifted Kadjar to Australia, but the compact crossover is finally here and is available to order.
For the base Kadjar Life, the automaker is asking a minimum of AUD $29,990 (equal to USD $20,513). The mid-range Zen starts at AUD $32,990 (USD $22,565) and the Intens at AUD $37,990 (USD $25,985).
All models are powered by the new 1.3-liter, turbocharged petrol engine co-developed with Daimler. It’s connected to a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and produces 157 HP (159 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque at 1,750 rpm in all trim levels. Performance is quite decent, with the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) taking 9.6 seconds and top speed standing at 210 km/h (130 mph).
Choosing the entry-level Kadjar gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, lower door protection, chrome trim and the R-Link 2 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Zen adds two-tone 17-inch wheels, push-button start, smart key card, two rear USB charging ports, dark carbon leatherette and cloth upholstery and others. The Intens rides on 19-inch wheels and features leather trim, ‘Kadjar’ front sill plates, LED interior lights and heated front seats.
Cruise control with speed limiter, hill start assist, emergency brake assist, distance warning, automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control are standard across the range. The Zen and Intens come with lane departure warning, blind spot warning and side parking sensors, while the top-of-the-line grade also has easy park assist.
Options include the AUD $750 (USD $513) metallic paint and AUD $1,000 (USD $684) fixed panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror.