Renault Kadjar facelift gets updated styling, engines

Renault Kadjar facelift gets updated styling, engines

The Renault Kadjar has been given a refresh after it first made its global debut three years ago, with revisions to its styling, equipment and engine line-up. According to the French automaker the Kadjar was bought by more than 450,000 customers since its introduction in over fifty countries, so a facelift will help increase that figure further.

On the exterior, the Kadjar’s LED headlamps retain their C-shaped daytime running light signature within them but they now double as indicators rather than being separate lamps. The fog lamps are also rectangular in shape rather than circular, and also incorporate LED technology that are more power efficient.

Also revised is the crossover’s grille, now slightly wider and with chrome inserts like on the recent Arkana, while the new bumper has more body-coloured sections and chrome trim than before. At the rear, the indicators, reverse lights and fog lamps also gain LEDs, accompanied by a redesigned bumper that comes with chrome touches on higher trim levels. Two new types of 17- and 19-inch wheels have been added, along with three new exterior colours – Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

The modest revisions extend into the interior, where there is a new seven-inch touchscreen display that is linked to the car’s R-Link 2 infotainment system. Compared to the outgoing model, the new unit has a more flushed mounting for a better profile.

Just below that is the all-new climate control switchgear with three thumbwheels for a more intuitive operation rather than the multi-button and dial setup of old. Other revisions are more ergonomic seats, remodelled door inner panels, larger centre console cup holders, enhanced trim and materials, plus new air vents for rear passengers.

The Kadjar will be available in a new, range-topping Black Edition that comes with Alcantara upholstery, a black headliner and unique floor mats. This variant also receives 19-inch alloys, contrast coloured front and rear skid plates, and black side mirror caps.

Engine-wise, the Kadjar gains a new 1.3 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol unit co-developed with Daimler that is available in two states of tune – Tce 140 (140 PS/240Nm) and TCe 160 (160 PS/260 Nm) – both with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF). The petrol mill can be had with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

On the diesel side of things, the brand’s 1.5 and 1.7 litre four-cylinder turbodiesels gain a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system as well as the ‘Blue dCi’ name. The smaller of the two engines is known as the Blue dCi 115 for the Kadjar, offers 115 PS/260 Nm, and has the same transmission options as the petrol. Meanwhile, the larger Blue dCi 150 is available as a manual only (with all-wheel drive as an option), and has 149 PS/340 Nm.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Bernard on Sep 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Dont bother selling here, no one interested. No brand presence, poor RV.

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    • Renault build quality way much better than any other conti cars. Malaysian mindset still thinking Japs cars with low spes is the best. Im a Renault Megane RS owner. I dont regret buying a renault. It always shows me as unique

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  • Daniel on Sep 13, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Loveeee the 6 speed manual! Bring it here Renault. To hell with the RV snobs!

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  • Ben Ooi on Sep 21, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    After drive american car and Conti Car,NO MORE interest in Japanese Car as safety was the main feature for me.

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