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 French magazine L’Automobile.

The second-gen Renault Kadjar (codename: Renault HHN) 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 2021. Many new images revealing more angles of the exterior and showing the design more clearly have surfaced online since.

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 appears to have some inspiration from the Renault Megane E-Tech. 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 E-Tech. The next-gen Renault Kadjar will feature the new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo that debuted on the Megane EV.

On the sides, 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. At the rear, the next-gen Kadjar will feature new tail lamps and a new tailgate. The license plate of the all-new model will be on the tailgate instead of the bumper.

Interior

As for the interior, expect enhanced styling and a touch of luxury with a minimalist design and significantly higher digitalization to appeal to young customers more strongly. The new cabin will be more digital, drawing inspiration from the Renault Trezor, Renault Symbioz, and Renault Morphoz concepts.

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

Spy shots, which you can check out on L’Automobile, have confirmed that the 2022 Renault Kadjar will embody the brand’s new interior design theme, just as speculated. Following the Renault Megane E-Tech, it will be the brand’s second production model to feature a (possibly 12.3-inch) landscape digital instrument cluster and a (likely 12-inch) portrait central console multimedia screen combined in upside-down L-shaped ‘OpenR’ single-screen.

The OpenR panel could house the central air vents, too, adding to the clean look of the dashboard. The base configuration(s) could have a slightly different setup, with a smaller (probably 9-inch), landscape multimedia screen. Another design cue borrowed from the Megane EV would be a compact squarish steering wheel.

Specifications

The next-gen Renault Kadjar will ride on the same platform as the new Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Qashqai – CMF-C/D. Like the Japanese SUV, it will come in only petrol and electrified variants – no diesel.

According to a report from French magazine largus.fr, Renault will offer the all-new Kadjar range two mild-hybrid variants. One of these will have a 1.3-litre TCe engine featuring 12V mild-hybrid tech, and it will work in conjunction with a CVT. There will be two output versions – 140 PS and 160 PS, and the configuration(s) with the high-output version will be available in AWD. The other variant will have a 1.2-litre TCe engine featuring 48V mild-hybrid tech.

The second-gen Kadjar range will include a hybrid variant that uses a 1.2-litre TCe engine and electric power to offer a combined output of 200 hp. Additionally, Renault is working on a plug-in hybrid powertrain using the 1.2-litre TCe engine and a rear electric motor for an AWD drivetrain layout and 280 PS of system output. The company could introduce the Renault Kadjar PHEV in 2024, as per another story from largus.fr.

Release Date

The next-gen Renault Kadjar will arrive in the second half of 2022, as per a report from europe.autonews.com.

2022 Renault Kadjar FAQs

What is the 2022 Renault Kadjar release date?

The all-new Renault Kadjar is expected to reach the market in the second half of next year.

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 the VW Tiguan.

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