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2019 Renault Kadjar SUV gets a facelift and new turbocharged gasoline engines

More than three years after the Renault Kadjar was launched into the market, the French carmaker is finally introducing the facelifted version of its compact SUV. It boasts of a reworked exterior as well as a more comfortable and more elegant interior. It also employs a new generation of gasoline engines and powerful diesel mills.

Both the front and rear ends of the new Renault Kadjar have been reworked for a more appealing appearance. On the front end, the Kadjar is defined by a wider grille with new chrome inserts as well as more stylish bumpers with a larger section of body-colored finish. The front end also boasts of Renault’s C-Shape light signature, as complemented by LED indicators integrated into daytime running lights. Installed as standard from the Intens trim level, the now rectangular fog lamps make use of LED units with LED Pure Vision technology.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Renault Kadjar features LED units for the indicators, reversing lights and the slimmer fog lamps. Depending on the trim level, the redesigned rear bumper gains chrome touches with top trim levels featuring a shark fin antenna.

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Upcoming Renault Clio RS might get Megane RS turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine

During the 2016 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, Renault surprised us with an unusual turbocharged 2.0 liter engine of the previous generation Megane RS inside the Clio R.S. 16 concept. After debuting the said model, Patrice Ratti, Renault Sports Cars General Manager, said that Renault had actually been considering a small batch of road going models, and that he is just waiting for the approval of the executives.

The sad part is that his plan never pushed through, and it seems like it won’t happen again this generation because it is a bit too late considering that the new Clio will debut this fall.

What we can look forward to though is the Clio RS’s next iteration with a Megane RS engine that Renault is currently working on. According to automotive blog Caradisiac, they have been hearing rumours that the new flagship version of the supermini will borrow the automaker’s new turbocharged four cylinder 1.8 liter engine. Not only is this engine in the Megane RS, as it is also in the Alpine A110.

Read the entire article Upcoming Renault Clio RS might get Megane RS turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine

Renault EZ-GO Concept is a futuristic all-electric autonomous vehicle and service

It isn't just a vehicle as it is also a service. This is how Renault describes its latest concept, the Renault EZ-GO, at its official unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new EZ-GO previews the future of both personal and shared mobility, as packaged in an all-electric, autonomous ride.

According to the French carmaker, the new EZ-GO is an electric, autonomous robo-vehicle and ride-hailing concept that features an iconic design that allows it to integrate into the environment while maximizing new ways of urban mobility.

With operations undertaken by either private or public companies, EZ-GO allows people to hail a ride either from a pre-determined or a mobile location. Renault believes that mobility solutions and smart cities of the future could achieve success by integrating vehicle-service to city infrastructure, as this enables them to leverage sensors, data analytics and connected services as well as multimodal systems.

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2019 Renault Clio (5th gen) will come to the 2018 Paris Motor Show this September

Renault’s fourth generation Clio model has been around since 2012. In fact, it is one of the oldest supermini cars in its segment. But later on this year, the automaker will finally introduce the fifth generation of the said model.

According to a report by Auto Express, the French automaker will reveal the next generation Clio at the 2018 Paris Auto Show during the third quarter of the year. The debut will be scheduled months before its scheduled sale date in 2019, and it will be an enhanced version of the fourth generation model. It will share design elements with the Symbioz Concept, as well as with the larger Megane.

In addition, the 2019 Clio will get the C-shaped headlights - just like that of the Megane and Talisman. And expect the cabin to get a major makeover, thanks to the designers and engineers that decided to completely change its looks. This will include the brand’s portrait style tablet that can control the car’s infotainment system.

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Around a year ago, Renault expanded the Koleos family, starting with the range-topping Initiale Paris. It first made its debut in 2016 during the Paris Motor Show. And today, customers in the UK can now get their hands on them.

The Initiale Paris is offered with a starting price of £36,700 ($49,552) OTR. Deliveries for the said model will begin this spring. Dressed in an exclusive body colour, Amethyst, the SUV also gets a new exterior badging, 19” two tone alloys, and full LED headlights.

As you enter the cabin of the Renault Koleos Initiale Paris, you will no doubt appreciate its heated and ventilated front seats, two-tone Nappa leather interior, heated and cooled front cup holders, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, R-Link2 infotainment system with an 8.7” display, 13-speaker Bose sound system, Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility, Tom-Tom built in satellite navigation, and an automatic tailgate with key card or sensor for hands-free opening.

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It’s Star Wars fever once again, and the second installation of the trilogy sequel -- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” -- is finally hitting theaters. Avid fans of the franchise would love to know that a limited edition Renault Zoe will soon arrive with Star Wars special touches. In partnership with Star Wars, Renault is unleashing the force with the new 2018 Renault Zoe Star Wars Limited Edition electric vehicle.

Just like Anakin Skywalker and Ben Solo becoming Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, respectively, the best-selling EV in Europe has transformed into the Renault Zoe Star Wars special edition. Interestingly, the Zoe Star Wars isn't the first vehicle from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to use the force. Just last year, Nissan’s mid-size crossover merged into the world of the Jedi by becoming the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars limited edition. That marked the first time that a carmaker officially partnered with the Star Wars franchise. The partnership now continues, but with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault.

To enter the world of the Jedi, the Renault Zoe Star Wars features an exterior covered with a number of decals related to the franchise. For instance, the bonnet, roof and boot of the Renault Zoe Star Wars sport decals starring Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon star ship. Specific Star Wars badging can be found on the front fenders just below the A-pillar, as well as on the door sills.

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Back in 2009, Renault introduced to us the Fluence, a compact sedan that was based on the Megane. Whether you remember it or not, that model is still available in many parts of the world such as South Korea, where it is referred to as the Samsung SM3. It was first built at a factory in Busan, and since then it has been available in an all-electric Z.E. (Zero Emission). After several years, the automaker will finally update the said model.

The former Samsung SM3 came equipped with a 22-kilowatt per hour battery pack, while the updated version will be given a bigger battery pack of 36-kWh. The best part about this is that it will not have an impact on the car’s weight. This new and improved battery will let the 2018 Samsung SM3 Z.E. drive for as far as 213 kilometers (132 miles) between charges. However, these are based on the Korean type approval cycle. Overall, the new SM3’s driving range has improved by 57 percent. In the real world (EPA estimated), that would probably be equivalent to 115-120 miles / 185-195 kilometers.

It was just the other day when the SM3 Zero Emission first made its reveal, during the Daegu International Future Auto Expo. In one of their studies, it was found that an average person’s daily trip around South Korea lasted for approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) last year. This was where Renault and Samsung based their development of the electric sedan, enabling it to run for about five days without the need for its battery to recharge. This will be the perfect choice for those who suffer from range anxiety. The SM3 Z.E. also is considered the market’s only three box saloon.

Read the entire article 36-kWh battery pack on 2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. allows for 132-mile range

Clearly, Renault is way ahead of many automakers with their all new Symbioz Concept. The concept isn’t intended for this year or the next as it’s targeted to be ready by 2030.

As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is a five-door hatchback that can be converted into a space that functions like a living room. While presenting it to the audience, Renault showed how you can drive this all-electric into a house, park it, and turn it into an extra modular room. This appears to be the French automaker's interpretation of a mobile home.

The Symbioz is the next concept that Renault has come up with after the Trezor from last year's Paris Motor Show. It’s different in its own way. It has a low and flat roof design, a large greenhouse, and C shaped LED headlights and tail lights. When talking about the design, Renault argues that the Symbioz' appearance is suitable for the year 2030, when everyone will be driving nothing but electric cars.

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The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.

It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.

But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.

Read the entire article 2018 Renault Megane RS now has more power and tech

For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.

Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.

The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

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The 2018 Renault Megane RS is scheduled to be revealed this September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, months before its debut, we are already seeing leaked images of the hot hatch. This time, a Megane RS in a bold red paint emerged on Facebook and its images have been circulating the net. Looking at the images, it seems like the photos have been taken at Renault’s facility. We are assuming this because there are other prototypes around it that seem to be camouflaged.

The images reveal several details including the RS-specific checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights to the beefy diffuser that is complemented with the central trapezoidal exhaust tip. There is no doubt that this is the 2018 Megane RS, as you can spot the “RS” logos on both the front (below the diamond badge) and the rear (under the tail light) ends of the car.

One can definitely tell the difference between the Megane GT and the Megane RS. For instance, the new model has vented front fenders, flared wheel arches, and has added vents at the back. The RS is also much lower compared to the GT when it comes to the sporty suspension setup. Other than that, it comes equipped with large two-tone alloy wheels that are exclusive for the RS version.

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The wait is over for those who have been waiting to see more of the 2018 Renault Megane RS. Though, the actual model will be officially revealed in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, patent images have already been published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These images show the hatch's built from every angle, exposing all of its features without any kind of camouflage.

Overall, the performance model looks significantly sportier and more aggressive than its GT counterpart. The patent images had the same design elements from the teasers and spy shots that we have seen earlier. These elements include: flared wheel arches on the car's profile, huge air vents up front, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip.

Other than what we have already seen before, there are some bits that are new to us like the headlights up front that are not like the other Megane models, as well as the taillights on the rear end of the car. The bumpers just by the taillights also look more muscular with two side scoops. Like the Clio RS, the Megane gets the same checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights.

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Renault previously did not have a luxury model under its belt and the French automaker kept bustling its releases further up-market especially in its homestead. This hasn't produced an Initiale Paris variant of the brand new Megane. But the new Megane model has finally received its timely new flagship luxury trim called Renault Megane Akaju.

Megane Akaju is set to be the popular hatchback range's most luxurious trim level and is set to be displayed during the sale network's promotional week scheduled on June 15-19.

The most economical version bears a price tag of around €27,600 and rises to about €31,400. Choose the 3 alternative options previously mentioned and the price will increase to €33,000.

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Renault is bound to unveil the next generation of the 2018 Renault Megane RS at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. All the French carmaker has done so far was to show off the new-gen Megane RS – albeit in a camouflaged form – at the Monaco Grand Prix. There have been spy shots of the hot hatch, but all of them were also in disguise.

However, an image of the new Renault Megane RS in all its crowning glory has been leaked on the Internet, providing us a good peek as to how the hot hatch actually looks sans any camouflage. This particular Megane RS has been painted white. As photographed, the Megane RS only shows a part of its rear end and its sides. As the image shows, the Megane RS features a pair air vents behind the front wheels, a body work that is laden with angles and a small roof spoiler. This roof spoiler features the same shade as the body, resulting in a more seamless look.

In addition, the image shows the new Renault Megane RS sport a rectangular exhaust protruding out from the center of the rear diffuser. Likewise, a pair of vents is also found on the rear end of the Megane RS. Under the right rear light can be found the RS badge. It also rides on the black and silver wheels that were previously seen on Megane RS prototypes.

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When French carmaker Renault gave the Initiale Paris treatment to the Clio, Espace, Captur, and Koleos, these models never looked so great – making customers wanting more of these vehicles. Now, Renault is applying the same treatment to the Scenic and its bigger sibling, the Grand Scenic. Thus, customers could now avail from the Renault the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris.

This means that the Renault Scenic and the Renault Grand Scenic – in their Initiale Paris versions – will now be wrapped in the exclusive dark prune-hued metallic Amethyst Black finish and the star-pattern grille. Likewise, both the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris feature LED fog lamps with cornering function and ride on specific 20-inch wheels. Of course, this exclusive edition of the Scenic and the Grand Scenic will don the 'Initiale Paris' branding just below the diamond logo.

As soon as occupants open the door of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris, they will be greeted by the 'Initiale Paris' sill guards. They will be welcomed by an interior that is wrapped in black or grey-patterned full-grain Nappa leather upholstery with embossed 'Initiale Paris' letterings. This full-grain Nappa leather is the same material that wraps the electrically-adjustable seats with heating and massage functions. This high-end material also wrapped the steering wheel and the gearshift lever of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris. The center console and around the infotainment system will feature a specific color finish.

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You guys are probably aware of the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan. Knowing this, you would expect that both companies will come up with something impressive. Sources say that the partnership has been working on some new gasoline four-cylinder engines. However, rather than developing a more powerful engine, they seem to have come up with 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines instead. Why small engines, you might want to ask?

The reason behind the downsizing is because the German company aims to lower emissions while increasing the efficiency of the new engines. The new 1.2- and 1.4-liter units will benefit from direct injection, and will be a standard in the next generation base variants of the A-Class and B-Class lineups, according to reports from Autocar. There are currently eight cars lined up for Mercedes’ compact models for 2018 including: the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, a rumoured GLB, and an unknown model that has yet to be announced by the company.

The new four-cylinder units, which currently go under the codename M282, are being engineered exclusively for transverse applications. Therefore, these engines will not be available for use in larger Mercedes-Benz models. These new units will be joined by an updated version of the “M274” which will soon be given a codename that is “M260”. The M260 will be bigger and is going to be available in two versions: 1.6- and 2.0-liter units.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan to downsize engines, will use 1.2- and 1.4-liter powerplants

French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

Read the entire article Renault Zoe e-Sport and Formula E racer lead EV parade in Paris

The 70th Cannes International Film Festival isn’t just about films and celebrities. During this year’s event, French automaker Renault surprised us with their range topping high-end shuttle, the Trafic SpaceClass. The van was used as a shuttle for VIPs going to the event.

The name “SpaceClass” comes from the idea that the luxury van provides both “space and comfort” for up to nine passengers. Renault expects the van to be part of the luxurious shuttle market, along with its competitors: the Citroën Spacetourer and the Peugeot Traveller.

SpaceClass comes in an exclusive shade of grey paint, exclusive head- and taillights, gloss black detailing, colour-coded bumpers, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Though it may just look like a regular van from the outside, don’t judge the SpaceClass based on its exterior, as all the amazing features can be found inside the cabin.

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A global scale ransomware cyber-attack has caused several factories of Renault-Nissan Alliance to stop production on Saturday. According to Automotive News, the company’s spokesperson said they have administered “proactive measures” which led to the temporary shutdown of certain production sites. Reuters however confirmed the next day that regular work is slated to resume on Monday particularly in France.

Over the weekend, thousands of computers have been infected with WannaCry ransomware, spreading to almost one hundred countries worldwide. The French carmaker has particularly shut down its Sandouville plant in Northwestern France following the attack. The first sign of threat in Renault’s Sandouville factory occurred when the assembly line’s alarm didn’t work on Saturday. This happened shortly after a ransom demand appeared on their monitors.

Renault-Nissan failed to give a full list of the affected sites but a spokesperson from the UK said that files in Nissan’s Sunderland factory were hit on Friday evening. It didn’t however confirm if the Sunderland plant was shut down afterwards. The UK production facility has about 7,000 employees which manufactures the Infiniti Q30 and QX30, the Nissan Juke, Note, Qashqai and Nissan Leaf. In any case, Renault reassures that almost all factories will be opening today.

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Let us welcome the latest special version of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 - the new Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit - that has become sportier in both performance and looks.

Nowadays, most hot hatches are powered by engines boosted by turbochargers. This way, these powerplants could produce more output and torque without having to employ more displacement. Moreover, these turbocharged mills are usually paired to automatic transmissions, allowing for a more convenient and easier drive.

But that doesn’t mean that hot hatches have lost their old-school feel. This is powered by a naturally aspirated engine paired to a manual gearbox. The Renault Sandero RS 2.0’s appeal is made stronger by the addition of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit, which like the regular version, is only available in Brazil.

Read the entire article Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit Special Edition offers old-school vibe and more tech