The Austral will represent the beginning of the firm’s new design language with more dynamic lines and improvements to common design elements seen on SUVs on sale today, describing the Austral as “robust as well as agile”.
“The Austral combines strong stylistic elements that give it a dynamic and elegant design. Its quality is visible at first glance,” said Renault design director Gilles Vidal. “We’ve reduced the bodywork gaps, refined the flushes so that it develops an immediate high-quality feeling.”
The Austral entered the final stages of its development earlier this month, when Renault gave the public the clearest view of its final production design so far.
The car, which gets a new look, an overhauled interior and revamped powertrains, was pictured in an eye-catching livery with line-distorting shapes, colours and the newly updated Renault logo.
Due to be fully unwrapped in spring, the Toyota RAV4 rival’s new was chosen by Renault as it “conjures up the vibrancy and heat of the south, the tranquil pleasure of nature, as well as wide open spaces, evoking limitless opportunities”.
Previous sightings of camouflaged prototypes have confirmed that the flagship SUV has undergone a substantial styling overhaul, following the lead of the Mégane E-Tech Electric, which sets the tone for Renault’s new-era design ethos.