Over two years after its global release at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault has finally unveiled the Kadjar SUV to the Kenyan market. The French brand’s mid-sized SUV enters a hotly contested local segment comprising the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Toyota RAV4, the Hyundai Tucson and VW Tiguan.
Speaking at the launch of the car yesterday, Renault Brand Manager, Jonathan Dos Santos said that the Kadjar enters the market at a very interesting time when Kenyans want value for their money.
“It’s absolutely stunning to look at with some striking features that are further enhanced by the awesome LED daytime running lights”. You will be hard pressed to get a better deal on a mid-sized SUV” Jonathan Said. “
Kadjar is borrowed from the words ‘Kad’ out of quad meaning go anywhere four wheel drive and ‘Jar’, a French term meaning agile. The car measures 4.45 metres long, 1.84 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall. Off-road ability is assured thanks to its 190mm ground clearance, front and rear skid plates and approach and departure angles of 18 and 25 degrees respectively.
“This car defines innovation, on the technology front, the Kadjar boasts of easy park assist, LED daytime running lights, dual zone climate control, electronic parking brake, keyless entry and voice activated controls, amongst many more” said Jonathan.
Simultaneously, Renault has unveiled the new Duster model as it aims to rump up its motor offering for the growing Kenyan middle class. The new improved model, popular in the Indian market, has a new face lift and is available in 4×4 manual and in 4×2 automatic by end of 3rd quarter. It has an upgraded exterior and interior design that makes it a head-turner.
The vehicle is further equipped with a new rear view camera with guidelines, new automatic air conditioning, a new window with anti-pinch and new multimedia 7” touch screen.
In a bid to enhance the safety of its users, the New Duster has a host of active and passive safety features including ABS, EBD with Brake Assist, Dual Airbags, ESP & Hill start assist. It is also equipped with front driver and passenger airbags as well as a visual and sound signal to alert you just in case you forget to buckle up.