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Renault unveils facelifted Kadjar

Renault has unveiled a facelifted version of its Kadjar crossover SUV ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The French manufacturer says that 450,000 examples of the Kadjar have been sold globally since its launch in 2015, citing styling as the main reason for buying one.

The revamped version features a new light signature, reworked front and rear ends, and a new choice of wheels and paint colours.

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The inside has been upgraded with a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and higher-quality interior materials with a wider choice of colours.

In addition, the seats have been redesigned to be more ergonomic, featuring length adjustment, double-density foam and a sliding front armrest. Heating distribution has also been improved, with the inclusion of air vents on the back of the central console for the benefit of rear passengers.

The central console itself has been refitted with larger cup-holders and an extra cubby hole in front of the gearstick. As a whole, the Kadjar’s interior has been given a more modular layout with a huge 527-litre boot.

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Moving on to powertrains, the facelifted Kadjar has adopted the new generation of Renault engines, with the 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe unit found in the Scenic, Captur and Megane available on the model for the first time.

There are also two modernised diesel engines – the Blue dCi 115 and 150. These units increase power by 5bhp and 20bhp respectively compared with the previous diesel powertrain.

The Kadjar is available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The latter system has three modes. In 2WD mode, power is supplied only to the front two wheels to save fuel consumption.

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Auto mode sees torque equally distributed between the two axles, while up to 50 per cent of the torque can be transferred to the rear wheels.

Lock mode locks the central differential for a permanent 50:50 torque split between the front and rear wheels. This mode is reserved for off-road driving and only works at speeds of up to 25mph.

Pricing is yet to be revealed. The Paris show runs from October 4 to 14.