2022 Renault Kadjar spied, arriving in two hybrid variants [Update]

Last month, 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 of an SUV.

The 2022 Renault Kadjar has made its spy photo debut this month. A photo shared by Instagram user mariushanin_automotive shows the next-gen Renault SUV prototype undergoing road-testing on a public road for the first time.

In mariushanin_automotive’s image, the all-new Renault Kadjar looks to have thorough changes all around. It can be seen featuring a higher hood that is flattish as on a proper SUV and an upright grille, which could be 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 the one created by artist Vasarely in the early 1970s and debut on the next-gen Renault Megane electric crossover in early 2022.

Interior

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: Groupe Renault

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.

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 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 expected to break cover in Fall 2022.

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