2022 Renault Kadjar spied, arriving in two hybrid variants

The 2022 Renault Kadjar has made its spy photo debut this week. 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.

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.

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.

2022 Renault Kadjar E-TECH Plug-in

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s powertrain, the main drive unit of which will likely be a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, won’t meet the upcoming Euro-7 emission norms (effective from 2025). Therefore, 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 Renault 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 PHEV breaks cover today at 6 PM EST. Production of the US-spec Japanese SUV has already begun, and so, the US launch should take place in the coming months.

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