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Post by Rob » Mon Mar 28, 2022 10:21 am

The All-New Renault Austral is the first Renault model to benefit from what the Alliance's new CMF-CD next generation platform has to offer. The brand-new CMF-CD platform heralds in a complete overhaul of the compact and high-end segment line-ups for the Alliance’s international brands.

The All-New Austral chassis comes in two versions: flexible torsion beam for two-wheel steering models and a multi-link rear axle with 4CONTROL Advanced for four-wheel steering.

The four-wheel steering model has turning circle measuring 10.1 metres. Handling for the All-New Austral on urban roads is similar to that of a city car. It is unrivalled by others in the segment.

The body on the All-New Austral has been made more rigid, the anti-roll enhanced and the chassis made lighter yet sturdier for the best comfort/efficiency/responsiveness ratio on the market.

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The best engines in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions
The All-New Renault Austral benefits from a range of innovative powertrains with a selection of electrified motors to cover all uses without having to change ones driving habits: the latest generation of E-TECH Hybrid motors on a 400V network for up to 200 hp, and two petrol engines: a 130 HP 48V Mild Hybrid Advanced and a 140 HP / 160 HP 12V Mild Hybrid.

The All-New Austral introduces a brand-new E-TECH ‘full hybrid’ self-charging engine that has been perfected to run a superior segment vehicle with better performance and greater driving pleasure, while also reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions. It comes equipped with a 1.2 L 3-cylindres turbocharged petrol motor paired with an electric motor, a 1.7 kWh lithium-ion 400V battery, and a smart multi-mode clutch-less dog box. It has a combined power of up to 146 kW, or 200 HP. As with the previous generation of E-TECH Hybrid engines, the car always starts in full-electric mode for a driving experience that is unique to electric cars, combining silence with responsiveness. Equipped with the latest E-TECH Hybrid engine, the All-New Austral has optimal levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions (starting at 4.6 L/100 km and 105 g of CO2/km, pending certification) making it one of the most cost-efficient hybrid SUVs to run.

The Mild Hybrid Advanced engine makes its Renault début with the All-New Austral and serves as a genuine alternative to Diesel. It combines the latest 1.2 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery and starter motor. The 130 HP engine and manual transmission make the All-New Austral a pleasure to drive while keeping fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions to the best level for the category: starting at 5.3 L/100 km and 123 g CO2/km (pending certification). The settings can be toggled to maximise energy output while keeping fuel use 20% lower than that of an equivalent non-hybrid combustion motor.

The Mild Hybrid engine is the first-level hybrid motor offered on the All-New Austral and utilises a 1.3 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that is already available on selection of Renault vehicles. Developed in collaboration with Daimler, the engine is backed up by a starter motor and a 12V lithium-ion battery. It boasts either 140 HP or 160 HP with the X-TRONIC automatic transmission, or as 140 HP on a manual model. The 160 HP 12V Mild Hybrid engine on the All-New Austral boasts maximum torque of 270 Nm available from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm and mixed cycle fuel economy as low as 6.2 L/100 km, with CO2 emissions starting at 136g/km (pending certification).

Electrification technology and eco-functions

In addition to the latest generation E-TECH technology, new petrol motor, optimised transmission, and increased battery capacity (from 240V up to 400V), the new model has been fitted with two other innovations. The air conditioning system has been fitted with an innovative cooling mechanism so the car can run normally no matter what the weather is like. Moreover, the number of possible energy sources has also increased from 14 to 15.

Each of the three electrified motors on the All-New Austral features regenerative braking. For the E-TECH Hybrid, the driver can select one of four different modes using a toggle located behind the steering wheel.

On the E-TECH Hybrid and Mild Hybrid Advanced versions of the All-New Austral, the brand-new digital dashboard features animations that are specific to hybrid models.

The Predictive eco driving advice helps the driver adopt a more fuel-efficient style by using either the instrument panel or the 9.3’’ Head Up Display to indicate the best time to release the accelerator pedal as the car approaches a particular road event (sharp turn, roundabout, drop in speed limit, toll area, or intersection with a ‘STOP’ or ‘GIVE WAY’ sign). On the E-TECH Hybrid engine, it is enhanced by the Predictive hybrid driving function that helps optimizing route planning while driving in electric mode.

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