Renault continues the teaser campaign ahead of the premiere of a new model – a C-class crossover called Austral. The successor to the unpopular Kadjar in the European lineup has already been shown outside (albeit only in camouflage), and the interior design has been declassified in a design sketch. Now the French brand publishes several photos of interior details of Austral, which used “very soft” materials, “satin chrome” inserts and natural wood.
Everything that an Austral passenger can reach is made soft and pleasant to the touch, Renault says. The upper part of the front panel has a matte finish, while the lower part is finished with natural wood. It was processed using the Japanese maki-e technology: using a cloth, metallic pigments are applied to the varnish, further emphasizing the texture.
The levels of the front panel are separated by a light strip that continues on the doors. They are finished with the same soft material, black to light gray gradient textile and synthetic leather called synderm.
The center armrest, framed in satin chrome, has a sliding design inspired by clockwork that clicks like a safe lock when changed.
In addition, the L-shaped cluster familiar from Megane E-Tech was placed in the Austral cabin, combining the dashboard and the huge touchscreen of the OpenR Link multimedia system. The total screen area is 774 square centimeters.
Other features include plenty of storage with a total capacity of 30 litres, a spacious second row (no transmission tunnel) and power rear seatback with a button in the trunk.
As for technology, Austral will be offered exclusively with hybrid power plants. The initial version will receive an E-Tech system with a 1.3-liter TCe turbo engine and a 12-volt starter-generator, while an alternative will be a mild-hybrid system with a 1.2 engine and a 48-volt starter-generator, delivering 200 horsepower.
The premiere of Renault Austral is scheduled for March 8, 2022, and sales in Europe will start before the end of spring.