The Palencia Factory is now ready for the production of the first of the vehicles of the 2021-2024 Industrial Plan, the Austral, and for this it has been preparing for almost a year and a half to have the most innovative facilities, the most demanding and all this under modern environmental parameters.
In addition, the entire industrial apparatus of Renault in Spain has been put into operation, from the Body Factory in Valladolid – where parts such as the tailgate and bumpers are manufactured -, the Engine Factory in Valladolid – produces thermal and hybrid engines de Austral – and the Renault Refactory in Seville, where its gearbox is manufactured. The Valladolid R+D+i Center also has a special role , which has been responsible for the design of an important part of this model, as well as its engines, and will also deal with the series life of the model.
Modern and technological, ergonomic and modular, the new Austral embodies the strategy of reconquering segment C of the Renaulution strategic plan. It is positioned at the heart of the C-SUV segment and is aimed at both individuals and professionals looking for a vehicle with status and distinctiveness. The efficiency of its E-Tech full hybrid engine allows it to meet the needs of both individuals and the most demanding fleets in terms of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
To offer a driving experience that combines dynamism and efficiency, Renault has developed a new generation full hybrid E-Tech engine for the Austral, with 160 hp (available in 2023) or 200 hp. This engine is made up of a new turbocharged 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 96 kW (130 hp) and 205 Nm of torque. It is combined with a new electric motor, a lithium-ion battery (2 kWh / 400V) and an intelligent multi-mode gearbox that offers 15 combinations, two of them in 100% electric mode. Its fuel consumption, starting at 4.6 l/100 km, and its CO2 emissions, starting at 104 g/km, are unrivaled in its category. And all this without compromising driving pleasure.
A mild hybrid 12V engine completes the range of engines, based on a 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine offering 140 hp (manual/automatic) or 160 hp (automatic). This engine achieves reduced fuel consumption from 6.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 138 g/km.
The range of the new Austral has three levels of equipment: balance, techno and iconic. The two upper levels can be configured with a very special finish: esprit Alpine. The esprit Alpine finish, introduced for the first time in the brand, inherits the sporty DNA of the Alpine brand to reflect it with a unique design. The esprit Alpine versions reinforce New Austral’s appeal with its sporty satin gray foil front bumper, 20″ Daytona alloy wheels, gloss black window surrounds, 3D effect taillights, Alcantara fabric upholstery with stitching blue and its nappa leather steering wheel with blue, white and red stitching.
From the range access, balance, the Austral offers an elegant and attractive design both on the outside, with its large chrome grille and gloss black wheel arches, and on the inside, with an attractive dashboard and a 9-inch central screen. ” and a large 12.3″ driver’s display. This trim level is fully equipped, including rear park assist, hands-free access and card start, and pure vision LED lights.
The techno finish is enhanced by a host of styling cues, including 19” Komah diamond-cut alloy wheels, leather/fabric upholstery and custom ambient lighting. It offers state-of-the-art equipment as standard, such as the OpenR link system on a 12.3″ screen with Google connectivity and services, including navigation through Google Maps. The techno finish offers the best interior space in its class, thanks to the rear row of 1/3 – 2/3 sliding seats with central armrest.
The iconic finish includes 20″ Effie diamond-cut alloy wheels, two-tone paint with a black roof, chrome roof bars and 3D-effect LED taillights. In addition to its elegant design, it comes standard with comfort features such as an electric driver’s seat with massage function, heated front seats and a power tailgate.For a premium experience, the iconic trim level is also equipped with a 3D 360º view camera and stop & go adaptive cruise control.