Electrified 2022 Renault Kadjar to spawn 7-seat SUV – Report [Update]

It seems like the Kadjar is set to evolve into a family of SUV models in its second generation. The 2022 Renault Kadjar will be followed by two derivative SUVs, as per a new report from L’Automobile.

The next-gen Renault Kadjar will have a 7-seat version, suggests the report. Renault plans to replace the Espace and Scenic MPVs with the three-row SUV. A coupe version is also planned, although how it would be positioned in the line-up with the Arkana already present is yet to be known. The 7-seat version would arrive first, and then the Kadjar Coupe would complete the next-gen Kadjar range in 2023.

With customers increasingly preferring SUVs for their robust and aspirational design, and greater rough-road/off-road capability, MPVs are a dying breed. The Espace and Scenic have poor sales because of this reason, and according to a report from Reuters, they would be discontinued.

A photo shared by Instagram user mariushanin_automotive had shown the next-gen Renault SUV prototype undergoing road-testing on a public road for the first time in February.

In March, Motor1 published spy pictures showing the 2022 Renault Kadjar under cold-weather testing. The new images revealed more angles of the exterior and showed the design more clearly.

2022 Renault Kadjar Design

The next-gen Renault Kadjar’s fascia is reminiscent of the Euro-spec Skoda Kamiq, as it probably features similar split headlamps. However, there’s a good chance it appears so only because of the camouflage’s deliberate cut-outs. The cluster of the headlights could be inspired by those of the Renault Megane eVision Concept. The new front bumper sports vertical air inlets. The hood is flatter, while the radiator grille is larger and more upright. At the rear, a steeper windscreen and redesigned tail lamps can be seen in the new spy pictures. Overall, the 2022 Renault Kadjar looks more like a crossover and less like an SUV.

In mariushanin_automotive’s image, the all-new Renault Kadjar looks to have thorough changes all around. We can see it featuring a higher hood that is flattish as on a proper SUV and an upright grille, wider, with vertical slats. The headlamps are slimmer and more angular, and they look like they’ve been split into two sections. Both hood and headlamps have hints of the Renault Megane eVision electric SUV concept. The mirrors are rounder and probably bigger than those of the first-gen Renault Kadjar, which debuted as the French brand’s first compact (C-segment) crossover in February 2015.

According to a report from auto-moto.com, the next-gen Renault Kadjar will feature a new Renault logo. The new brand emblem will be inspired by artist Vasarely in the early 1970s and debut on the next-gen Renault Megane electric crossover in early 2022.

Interior

The report also talks about the Renault Kadjar 2022 interior, expecting it to have more opulence. The new cabin will be more digital, drawing inspiration from the Renault Symbioz demo car. It would comprise an L-shaped cluster of three displays – a virtual instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, and a secondary touchscreen for basic functions like climate control and cabin lighting.

Renault Symbioz interior dashboard demo car
The 2022 Renault Kadjar will feature an interior inspired by that of the Renault Symbioz demo car (pictured). Image Source: Renault Group

2022 Renault Kadjar E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid

The new Renault Kadjar model range will include two hybrid variants, a hybrid (E-TECH) and a plug-in hybrid (E-TECH Plug-in), as per a report from largus.fr.

The 2022 Renault Kadjar E-TECH, the first-ever Renault Kadjar hybrid, will employ a new 170 PS (168 hp) 1.2-liter HR12 engine. The 2022 Renault Kadjar E-TECH Plug-in, the first-ever Renault Kadjar PHEV, will use the same platform as the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – CMF-C/D – but with a different powertrain.

Renault is developing a future-proof powertrain for the 2022 Renault Kadjar PHEV. The French website expects this system’s internal combustion engine to be a new HR15 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit developing 160 PS (158 hp).

When asked if the Kadjar plug-in hybrid will borrow the Outlander’s powertrain, Luca de Meo, the new CEO of Renault, said: “E-Tech technology (Renault’s proprietary system) is more suited to the driving style and the emission regulations established in Europe.”

The next-gen Renault Kadjar could debut in early 2022 and hit European showrooms in the summer of the same year. Meanwhile, the next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander has just been unveiled. Production of the US-spec Japanese SUV has already begun. The PHEV of the 2022 Outlander is now confirmed for this year.

2022 Renault Kadjar FAQs

What is the 2022 Renault Kadjar release date?

The all-new Renault Kadjar could go on sale in summer 2022.

What is the expected 2022 Renault Kadjar price range?

Renault should price the redesigned Kadjar from around EUR 32,000 (France)/GBP 27,000 (UK).

Which models will be the new Renault Kadjar rivals?

The new Kadjar will compete with the Peugeot 3008, Nissan Qashqai, and VW Tiguan.

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