2022 Renault Austral Interior teased with big screen

Renault is preparing to unplug the Kadjar by stepping up the teasing campaign for its direct successor. The latest preview gives us the opportunity to peek inside the cabin where there are two screens, one larger than the other. Where have we seen this setup before? On Mégane E-Tech Electrique, of course.

The new Austral will have a similar screen layout by combining an all-digital instrument cluster with large infotainment to form an “L” shape. Renault says its new compact crossover will have a 24.3-inch screen and an intuitive interface with 90% of functionality in just 1-2 clicks. The OpenR Link interface will integrate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, not to mention Google Maps and even Google Search.

Elsewhere, the Renault Austral 2022 has several storage spaces in the cabin to offer more than 30 liters of cargo volume. The company with the diamond logo goes so far as to say that the cabin offers a cocoon atmosphere. We’re particularly interested in seeing the rear compartment since the transmission tunnel is gone. Does that mean it will have completely flat ground? It would be a rare sight on a car still powered by combustion engines.

For added practicality, the Austral has a feature we mostly associate with minivans – a sliding rear seat. It can of course also be folded, and on the more expensive trim levels there’s a button on the back to power lower the rear seats. Overall, the cabin gives us the impression that it has a much more modern look compared to the mechanically linked 2022 Nissan Qashqai.

This could very well be the final teaser since the French brand has already confirmed its intention to market the Austral in Europe this spring. It’s unclear whether the crossover will come without a diesel engine like the Qashqai or the dCi will be retained. Much like its Japanese cousin, we expect the gasoline powertrains to be sold alongside a hybrid setup.

Betty K. Park