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Renault joins C-segment crossover field

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The Renault Kadjar.

By Gerry Murphy

One car in every five sold around the world today is a crossover, and the sector is projected to continue growing in the coming years.

Renault has entered the C-segment crossover field with the new Kadjar, which is a bigger brother of the Captur and they will be hoping that the new models will be equally liked by the car-buying public. Indeed, they are claiming already that this car will be their best selling model next year.

Based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s versatile Common Module Family (CMF), which allows a wide variety of cars of different sizes to be created using a common basket of out-of-view parts, it brings cost reductions which can be passed on to customers in the form of increased content at attractive prices.

All this means that the Kadjar is a direct relative of the Nissan Qashqai, using the same engines and many of the same parts.

The three engines on offer are a 1.2-litre turbocharged TCe 130 hp four-cylinder direct-injection petrol unit, a 1.5-litre ENERGY dCi 110 hp four-cylinder diesel available in manual and EDC, and a 1.6-litre ENERGY dCi four-cylinder 130 hp diesel. Intelligent four-wheel drive with three operating modes – Auto, LOCK and 2WD –is offered with the dCi 130 in the three upper trim levels.

The three engines, two gearboxes and two drive systems offer fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg (3.8 l/100km), with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. Prices start at €24,990 for the 1.2-litre petrol 2WD with the basic diesel model starting at €26,790.

The version that is likely to be the best seller is the Dynamique Nav S model which will set you back €29,290. The car is already in the showrooms and I had the opportunity to test drive it at the official launch this week.

On the open road it feels sturdy with just a hint of roll in the cornering. Also, the build-quality seems better than anything that Renault has ever produced. As with others in the sector, there is lots of space in the cabin and the ambience is bright and comfortable. Off-road, this car in 4WD mode does handle the terrain with ease.

Fifteen versions form a line-up of petrol and diesel models based on four trim lines familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. You will also be able to specify a four-wheel drive and automatic versions, and all provide a comprehensive standard specification, rising to the truly luxurious at the top-of-the-range.

Renault’s fabled active and passive safety has been democratically applied across the range, while connectivity via the easy-to-use R-Link 2 system is fitted to all models above Expression+.

Standard safety features include ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, electronic stability control with traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats.

The Visio system on Dynamique Nav and above provides lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic headlight beam adjustment, while Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav have front and rear parking sensors. Signature Nav also has a rear parking camera with a display in the R-Link 2 screen. Automatic park assist – capable of parallel, perpendicular and even angled steering into parking spaces – is also available on Signature Nav.

Kadjar allows a significant level of personalisation through individual options and cost-saving packages. There are seven themed high-value equipment packages, depending on model.

Other accessories include side running boards, wheel arch extensions, a retractable tow bar which can be released from within the boot and illuminated lower body side mouldings.

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Breathe easy in new Volvo

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The Volvo S60, which features the new air technology.

Volvo has introduced new premium air-quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and it can even clean the air inside the cabin ahead of their journey.

The company’s world-first Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature not available in any other car currently on the market. Now Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to that outside the car.

PM 2.5 is a widely used measure for air quality by measuring the amount of fine particulate matter in the air. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organisation, underlining the need to minimise their impact.

This new technology is now available in all 60 and 90 series Volvo models since this Spring. The Advanced Air Cleaner cleans out fine particulate matter from the cabin and thanks to a synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation, up to 95% of all PM 2.5 particles are kept out of the cabin.

This optimises air quality inside the car, limiting the adverse health effects that are associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air inside the car also helps to advance safe driving, since healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Details announced of 10th generation C4

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Citroën C4

Citroen Ireland recently revealed details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, the Citroën C4. They have also announced more particulars of the fully electric e-C4.

Known for boldness of design and for technology, Citroen has a long history in the segment and the new C4, like many of its predecessors has a character all of its own compared to what’s out there in the compact hatchback market. It will be available in a choice of petrol, diesel or all-electric, and will be first seen in Ireland in the first quarter of next year. Prices and detailed specifications will be announced closer to the launch of the car.

For now, we get a look at the pictures where the front end of the new C4 comes with a V-shaped lighting signature and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into to the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom.

The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of the bigger C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape.

It has a gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows and is a nod to the iconic Citroen GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 litres.

Personalisation levels are vast and the C4 comes with a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to seven exterior colours options and five exterior colour packs. There are also six different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.

On the inside, the wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.

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New van model from Toyota

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The new Proace City from Toyota.

Toyota’s latest offering in their commercial range, the Toyota Proace City has arrived in Ireland and is available at Tony Burke Motors at Ballybrit on the outskirts of Galway City.

To celebrate the launch of the new Proace City, which is priced from €15.038 (ex VAT) and is aimed at the Light Duty Van segment, there are a range of offers that customers can avail of, from leasing offers with Toyota Financial Services, or a 3.9% APR Hire Purchase offer, or a scrappage bonus of €3,000.

The vehicle comes with the option of two wheelbase lengths, 4.4m or 4.7m.

The shorter base has a cargo volume of up to 3.30 m3, a standard cargo length of 1.80m, and two individual front seats. For those who need to carry more personnel and cargo, the Smart Cargo feature allows for a three-seat bench with a folding outer passenger seat and a bulkhead hatch which provides an extra 0.4m3 load space, increasing the maximum load length by 1.30m to 3.10m.

The centre passenger seatback can also be rotated to create a handy desk space, with additional under-seat storage.

With the longer wheelbase option, its standard cargo length is 2.20m, and cargo volume is 3.90m3. Both cargo length and volume increase to 3.40m and 4.30m3 respectively with the Smart Cargo feature.

The Proace City has a payload capacity of up to 1 tonne and both the long and short wheelbases can accommodate up to two Euro pallets.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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