Perhaps I’m wrong, but it appears that Renault has got more benefit from their collaboration with Nissan than the Japanese carmaker. Just look the current Kadjar crossover: the vehicle is among the most attractive in the class and moreover, it may even surpass Nissan’s highly-popular Qashqai in the coming years. The 2018 Renault Kadjar will be even better than the current model. The vehicle is not only getting a few cosmetic changes, but it will also receive an all-new engine and a few extras inside.
So where to start? Well, the biggest fuss will happen under the hood. The mid-cycle update will include an all-new 1.3-liter turbo engine without any doubt. If I have the right information, the engine which has been co-developed with Daimler will probably replace the current 1.2-liter. The unit will reportedly deliver a better efficiency and will provide three power stages: 115 hp (85 kW), 140 hp (103 kW), and 160 hp (120 kW).
The 2018 Kadjar Diesel will use the existing options. More precisely, you will be able to get either a 110-hp 1.5-liter dCi or a 1.6-liter dCi with 130 ponies. All three engines are going to be paired with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. The manual has been available with FWD and AWD so far, while the auto transmission was limited to front wheels. This will likely change this year, so the potential buyers should be able to get the 2018 Kadjar with AWD and automatic transmission.
The exterior changes are mostly hidden beneath the camouflage. However, regardless of the fact, I’m pretty sure that the nose is featuring a bigger grille and badge. Plus, the bumper seems to have a different (larger) air intake, which will make the SUV more aggressive. Of course, Renault will not miss the chance to make some small changes in headlights as well. Around back, the facelifted crossover hosts new taillights and a refreshed bumper with new exhaust layout. The cab will probably get a few new upholstery options and a totally redesigned dashboard. They will probably add a larger infotainment display and updated technologies. Plus, the carmaker will introduce a few additional safety aids for sure.
The 2018 Renault Kadjar will be introduced at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. The price of the base model will be slightly raised.