Renault Kadjar gets new 163bhp engine and CVT gearbox option

Renault has added a new range-topping engine and CVT gearbox option for its Kadjar transmission line-up as part of the crossover 2017 updates.

The Tec 165, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit producing 163bhp and 177lb ft, exceeds the existing Tec 130 as the most powerful engine available with Renault’s rival to the Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai.

The engine offers up to 47.1 mpg combined, produces as little as 134g/km of CO2 and allows a claimed 0-62mph time of 9.2 sec and a top speed of 127mph. Is only available with the Dynamique Nav spec, and towards the top, so Tec 165 equipped Kadjars from £22,915.

Renault has also added the option of a CVT Automatic X-Tronic transmission to the Kadjars with a dCi 130 diesel engine for the first time, providing what it says is a smoother drive. With the CVT, the 128bhp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot oil-burner is able to eke out a claimed 58.9 mpg combined, while the production of just 123g/km of CO2. It takes 11.1 sec to hit 62mph and has a rate of maximum speed of 117mph.

The CVT can be optioned on two wheels-drive Dynamic Nav spec and upwards, so that the prices for the dCi 130 £26,015. As standard, the dCi 130 is provided with a six-speed manual and starts at £24,465.

Elsewhere, the 2017 updates have brought a new hands-free keycard, which automatically activates the car’s lights and daytime running lights puddle and opens the doors as the driver approaches. The car will also be automatically block, fold his mirrors, and turn off the daytime running lights when the driver walks away with the card.

Prices for the updated range now start at £19,785, £300 increase. This leaves the Kadjar £895 more expensive than the HR-V and £510 more expensive than the Qashqai.

Renault has sold 45,000 Kadjars in Britain since its launch in the country two years ago. The Qashqai remains the segment bestseller by a little margin, however, with 39,698 and those who have sold in the first eight months of 2017.

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