Renault has unveiled the all-new Kardian compact crossover SUV designed specifically for emerging markets. It will be manufactured entirely in Brazil as part of Renault’s global strategy through 2027.
The Kardian is positioned above the Kwid and is considered a successor to the Renault Sandero. Built on a CMF platform, the all-new Renault Kardian is tailored to the South American market and is expected to be initially available in Brazil, with later expansion to Morocco. This model represents the first vehicle outside Europe to showcase Renault’s latest design language.
In terms of dimensions, the Kardian measures 4,119 mm long, 2,025 mm wide, and 1,595 mm tall while having a wheelbase spanning 2,604 mm. The ground clearance stands at a generous 209 mm. The design of the Renault Kardian is characterized by distinctive split headlights, robust front and rear bumpers, and a prominent double-layer grille, in line with Renault’s design identity. The rear end showcases C-shaped taillamps reminiscent of the Renault Kiger. Higher-end models offer additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a shark-fin antenna, and chrome accents.
Inside, the Kardian features an elegant dashboard with a drive mode selector, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a three-spoke steering wheel, maintaining the signature Renault SUV design elements. Depending on the trim level, the interior incorporates wood inlays along with piano black and faux brushed metal accents.
Under the hood, the all-new Renault Kardian is powered by a newly developed 1.0L turbo-petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed DCT automatic transmission. This engine generates 123 hp of power and 220 Nm of torque, it is versatile and capable of running on either petrol or ethanol.
The Renault Kardian represents Renault’s targeted entry into specific markets, tailored to local preferences and needs. With its compact crossover design, modular platform, and newly developed engine, it aims to address the demands of the South American market and is poised to become a noteworthy addition to Renault’s global lineup.
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