Renault launched a new wave of model attack with the Kadjar in the spring of 2015. After changing design, they started to launch attractive models on the markets.
Today, it is clear that cooperation with Nissan is beneficial for both brands and the best of each is promoted to the production.
Together, they developed a new modular CMF platform that greatly simplified the development of new models. Kadjar has filled the gap between Captur and Koleos and is doing well. It was presented after short upgrading procedure last year. There are slight changes; new bumpers have extended the car by 40 mm.
The interior boasts new improvements too; the adjustment of the mirrors is new and more elegant, the air conditioning contorls are very nice too. The 7-inch multimedia system also possesses enhanced features.
Quiet and Dynamic Four-Cylinder
The real pleasure in Kadjar is the new gasoline engine. The four-cylinder has an unusual volume of 1332 cubic centimeters. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has developed it in collaboration with Daimler-Benz and it is produced in Spain, the UK, Germany and in two places in China. New emissions regulations were the main development trigger. Fortunately, the choice was a four-cylinder engine that has a refined operation and sound. The new engine has the same drilling performance as the 1.2-liter predecessor, but the 81.35mm stroke extension has greatly improved torque efficiency and performance. The other new feature is the direct injection of gasoline into cylinders at 250 bar, the injectors have six holes and are located in the middle of the compression space.
The new engine is very beneficial for Kadjar it has gained more dynamics and reduced gasoline consumption.
The steel shell of the cylinders is literally sprayed with a special technology into the aluminum block, the surface also features a plasma layer. The cylinder head has a delta shape and conceals the exhausts. Turbo has electronic pressure control. The valves on both camshafts that are driven by the chain have variable timing. The response to the accelerator pedal is instantaneous, and the competition can be green with envy. We have tried a version with a double clutch automatic gearbox from Getrag, which also has a production plant in Slovakia. Transmission shifting is smooth, the software recognizes the driver’s style and stores his/her routine. After some time, as if the gearbox could read driver’s mind and chooses gears accurately.
The consumption depends on the way of driving, although we did not care about the savings and enjoyed the dynamics, we reached the average of 6.8 l/100 km. The chassis also passed through some design improvements. It is a bit more precise and smooth, Neither the simpler rear axle nor eighteen-inch wheels cause big bounce on the bumps, however a slightly steeper steering shift would be nice. Driving comfort has also been improved by lower noise levels. The new engine is very beneficial for Kadjar it has gained more dynamics and reduced gasoline consumption.
Text: Martin Vasiľ, photo: Renault