Renault launched a new electric SUV for the European market, the Renault Austral. The name means "southern" in Latin, reflecting the vehicle's design inspiration from Australia's landscapes and culture. The Renault Austral is based on the Renault Megane eVision concept that debuted in 2020, and it features a sleek and modern design, a spacious and versatile interior, and a range of advanced technologies.
Design and Dimensions
The Renault Austral has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other electric SUVs on the market. The front end features a large diamond-shaped logo that lights up, along with slim LED headlights and daytime running lights. The side profile has a coupe-like shape, with a sloping roofline and flush door handles. The rear end has a horizontal light strip that spans the width of the tailgate, along with a spoiler and a diffuser.
The Renault Austral measures 4.21 meters (165.4 inches) long, 1.80 meters (70.9 inches) wide, and 1.50 meters (59.1 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2.70 meters (106.3 inches). It has a ground clearance of 19 centimeters (7.5 inches), which allows it to handle rough terrain. It also has a drag coefficient of 0.29, which improves its aerodynamics and efficiency.
Interior and Features
The interior of the Renault Austral is designed to be spacious, comfortable, and practical. It has a minimalist dashboard features a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The center console has a wireless charging pad, a rotary gear selector, and a storage compartment.
The Renault Austral can seat up to five passengers, with plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows. The rear seats can slide forward or backward by up to 16 centimeters (6.3 inches), which allows for more cargo space or passenger comfort. The trunk has a capacity of 440 liters (15.6 cubic feet), which can be expanded to 1,400 liters (49.4 cubic feet) by folding down the rear seats.