Apparently there may be room for an additional SUV providing in Renault’s vary – particularly if it comes with coupe styling traits
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by Thanos Pappas
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Renault already has the Austral and the Espace overlaying the compact and midsize SUV segments in Europe, however there may be one other mechanically associated mannequin on the horizon. The Austral Coupe – or Avantime – is about to reach in 2024 including sexier styling into the combination whereas sharing the electrified underpinnings of its siblings.
Rumors a couple of compact coupe-SUV by Renault had been circulating the online for a very long time, however camouflaged prototypes solely made their spy debut in April 2023. These pictures proved that the brand new mannequin can be greater than only a coupe-SUV variant of the Austral, adopting the brand new design language of Renault.
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The rendering we created integrates the brand new fashion of LED headlights that was just lately launched by the facelifted Renault Clio. Vertical DRLs attain decrease into the entrance bumper, merging with the intakes whereas being thicker than these present in rival Peugeot fashions. The flagship Esprit Alpine trim will possible function sportier bumpers, larger-diameter alloy wheels, and particular badging.
Different styling cues and the surfacing may very well be shared with the Austral, though the tail shall be absolutely redesigned to help the coupe-SUV stance. From the camouflaged prototypes, it’s evident that the SUV has toned-up shoulders and a closely inclined rear glass. Count on elongated LED taillights pointing to Renault’s emblem and twin spoilers.
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As for the inside, we might be stunned if Renault didn’t use the digital cockpit discovered within the Austral and the Espace because it already has the most recent tech from the automaker’s components bin – a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the 12-inch OpenR Hyperlink infotainment touchscreen, and a 9.3-inch head-up show. Moreover, the 48-color ambient lighting and the 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system would improve the premium really feel as with the Alcantara patches on the Esprit Alpine.
The Austral Coupe is anticipated to experience on the most recent evolution of the CMF-CD structure which underpins a number of fashions from the Renault Group. Likelihood is that the mannequin will share the two,738 mm (107.8 inches) wheelbase with the Espace, giving the designers extra freedom to create a horny profile, and permitting for a roomier inside. Consequently, the general size of the coupe-SUV can be someplace between the 4,510 mm (177.6 inches) of the Austral and the 4,722 mm (185.9 inches) of the Espace. This dimension would permit it extra respiratory room above the Captur-based Arkana which measures 4,570 mm (179.9 inches) lengthy.
Electrified However Not Absolutely Electrical
When it comes to powertrain choices, we count on a heavy dose of electrification and sufficient energy to justify the sporty seems to be. Choices may embody the E-Tech self-charging hybrid producing a mixed 197 hp (147 kW / 200 PS) and 205 Nm (151.2 lb-ft) of torque, as within the Austral / Espace. This setup contains a turbocharged 1.2-liter engine, an electrical motor, a high-voltage starter-generator, a 2 kWh lithium-ion battery, and an automated gearbox sending energy to the entrance axle.
There’s a excessive likelihood Renault will even supply a extra highly effective and extra environment friendly plug-in hybrid, with an honest zero-emission vary and greater than enough efficiency. In contrast to Peugeot which presents hybrid and absolutely electrical variants of its fashions, Renault makes use of a unique platform for EVs, just like the technique of the VW Group. Which means that the Austral Coupe / Avantime will most certainly miss out on a zero-emission variant, leaving different fashions to cowl this hole.
The Renault Austral Coupe, or Avantime if the corporate chooses to revive the nameplate of the two-door minivan, is rumored to debut someday in 2024. From what we perceive, the French mannequin will rival each the next-gen Peugeot 308 which is about to remodel right into a coupe-SUV, and the bigger 408 fastback, probably transferring nearer to the latter.