The new Renault Austral knows how to be desired. The builder is playing a long and exhausting game of teasers, slowly preparing us for the full, official debut scheduled for March 9. Today a new set of teaser photos of the new SUV have just been released and this time they show more of the exterior design.
Don’t get your hopes up too high, though, as these new photos don’t reveal much. It is essentially the same vehicle that was presented at the very beginning of the year (see links below) and he still wears full camouflage. In an official press release, the Renault design teams explain that they are proud of the design of the camouflages but that the goal is to ensure that we cannot see the final design.
Indeed, the automaker insists that the Austral’s camouflage is unlike any other disguise in the industry. Renault wants to hide the SUV’s design in style and the lead designer of the brand’s design department says the camouflage does its job in hiding the exterior look “while carrying the brand’s new visual identity.”
“Why do you have to hide something beautiful under an ugly facade? Why can’t you hide art with art?”, asks Renault. And honestly, that logic makes sense to us. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that the Austral’s camouflage is made up of individual pieces of aluminum foil, each one tailor-made to perfectly fit its respective segments on the body. It’s like a giant puzzle that fits together to hide the design of the Austral from your eyes.
The replacement for the Kadjar will follow a stylistic language very similar to that of the Megane E-Tech Electric and it will likely be launched as a more upscale and slightly more expensive alternative to the new Nissan Qashqai. The Austral will be available with traditional combustion engines, although we wouldn’t expect a diesel option in the range.