New electric SUV set to replace Renault Kadjar in 2022

Our exclusive images preview how the new model may look

Renault large SUV render
  • New name likely
  • Set to debut at next year’s Paris Motor Show
  • Will slot in above Megane E-Tech SUV in Renault’s range

A new fully electric SUV is expected to replace the Renault Kadjar in the next two years. The new model would sit above the recently launched Renault Megane E-Tech electric crossover and share parts with the Nissan Ariya. It’s expected to be revealed by Renault at the 2022 Paris Motor Show before going on sale in 2023.

The Kadjar’s replacement, which may get a new name, will also rival the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. It’s likely to be more expensive than the Kadjar due to the electric tech, so could cost a similar amount to an entry-level Hyundai Ioniq 5.

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Like the Megane SUV, this new Renault SUV will feature bold styling, with LED daytime running lights giving it a distinct character. It’s likely to have flush door handles that pop out as you approach in order to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

It’s going to be a little longer than the existing Kadjar, which measures 4.49m long. The CMF-EV platform that will underpin the new model can be stretched by another 200mm or so, and the wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) can be made longer than the current car too. That will improve both passenger and boot space.

A very slim battery pack will help increase room inside too. Even though the Megane is becoming a family SUV, it seems unlikely that the bigger model will become a seven-seater. Renault has hinted that a separate electric SUV with seven seats is in the pipeline.

Speaking to our sister site Auto Express, Gilles Le Borgne, Renault’s vice president for engineering, said that the French company is “already working on a new car in between the [electric] Megane and the Nissan Ariya.”

Le Borgne added that the new model won’t be available with two electric motors and four-wheel drive, like the Ariya does. Instead, a hot Alpine model will use this setup, which will be more powerful than the powertrains available in the Kadjar’s replacement.

Battery sizes of 60kWh and 87kWh batteries are likely and, while performance stats are unconfirmed, we’d expect a maximum range of around 250 and 330 miles for the respective batteries respectively.

Read our reviews of current Renault models or check out our guide to the best family SUVs

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