The Renault Austral will be available with a choice of electrified powertrains.
No fully-electric option will be offered.
The car is set to embark on over 1 million miles of testing prior to its launch.
Further details of the new Renault Austral SUV have been announced by Renault UK. The car will be offered with a range of electrified powertrains:
The latest version of the E-Tech Hybrid powertrain
A 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system
A 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system
This range of engines has been designed to offer excellent performance, with reduced CO2 emissions – from 105g CO2/km (for the E-Tech engine according to the WLTP cycle, subject to approval) – and up to 200bhp of power.
As we previously speculated, there will be no fully-electric version of the Austral as this role will be taken by the upcoming Renault Megane Electric.
With the Austral now in the final stages of development, the car has hit the road in a striking camouflage livery for a last round of testing. Over 900 drivers will take the car across France, Spain, Germany and Romania in order to confirm the results of the previous checks. The test vehicles will cover 370,000 miles on open roads in real-life conditions, while a further 870,000 miles will take place on the track.