Launched here in early July, Renault Austral E-Tech full hybrid’s arrival in Ireland has already been a successful one winning two major accolades in the past two months. Voted Best Medium Crossover at the AA Ireland Car Awards 2023 in October by a panel of independent journalists, from some of Ireland’s top publications across print, web and video, Austral E-Tech full hybrid went on to win Irish Medium SUV of the Year 2024 at the annual Motor Media Association of Ireland Awards Irish Car of the Year Awards earlier this month.
Dealers are already reporting strong customer interest and order take for January 2024.
Irish customers of the innovative and boldly styled SUV hybrid benefit from a specification that has been finely honed to deliver optimum comfort, convenience and class-leading connectivity.
All versions of the Austral E-Tech full hybrid feature a comprehensive standard specification that perfectly complements the distinctive looks, advanced drivetrain and contoured cockpit. Equipment that is shared across the range includes a frameless automatic rear-view mirror, sliding centre console armrest, sliding rear bench seat, and automatic dual-zone air conditioning with air purifier. A truly spacious SUV, there’s 35 litres of easily accessible and modular internal storage space and up to 555 litres of boot capacity.
Available in three trim levels – techno, techno esprit Alpine, and iconic esprit Alpine, Austral E-Tech full hybrid is powered by a new 200hp petrol hybrid powertrain with a 400V 1.7kWh lithium-ion battery that fuses powerful acceleration with optimum efficiency. All in all, 80% of driving time on urban roads is possible in full-electric mode, which translates into urban cycle driving requiring 40% less fuel than a combustion motor, all without having to change one’s driving habits or plug in. Meanwhile, on the combined WLTP cycle, the Austral E-Tech full hybrid achieves from 4.7l/100km making it one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars in the Renault line-up, keeping CO2 emissions as low as 105g/km. The impressive figures highlight its status as an exceptionally efficient hybrid electric vehicle.
Together with a premium digital experience that includes up to 35 apps* as well as the ability to plot a route and even operate home devices with voice control, technological highlights of the sporty SUV include the availability of up to 30 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), four MULTI-SENSE settings that offer a variety of driving styles, plus Renault’s third-generation four-wheel steering system, 4Control Advanced.
Connectivity and entertainment solutions have been developed to make every journey an adventure for occupants of Renault’s latest hybrid car. The digital experience is delivered via the 12-inch OpenR multimedia screen, 12.3-inch driver information display, 9.3-inch head-up display, and a range of Google services built-in, including Google Maps, Google Assistant, and access to Google Play. Two front and two rear USB ports ensure connectivity with the 8-speaker Arkamys audio system.
The Austral E-Tech full hybrid is available to order now for 241 at Renault’s 31 dealerships, with prices from €45,295 and with PCP finance offers available from Mobilize Financial Services (MFS) from €379 per month.