Renault Austral — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Renault Austral is a compact SUV (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the French automaker Renault. It started to be marketed in 2022 as a replacement for the Renault Kadjar. It is built on the third-generation CMF-CD platform, shared with models such as the Renault Talisman, the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan X-Trail. It has only one generation so far.

The Austral is a crossover which offers hybrid engines. That is its main difference compared to the Kadjar, which did not offer electric versions. On the other hand, Renault has worked extensively on the design of this model to make it more visually striking, something that did not happen in its predecessor, which started from a very continuist and conventional design.

In terms of powertrains, all versions of the Renault Austral are sold with some form of electrification. It only offers gasoline engines, as Renault decided not to equip diesel engines in this crossover. The most basic models start with a light hybridization (Mild Hybrid), while the rest use a standard non-plug-in hybridization system.

Some alternatives to this vehicle include other hybrid SUVs in its segment, such as the Opel Grandland, the Toyota RAV4, the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Peugeot 3008 and the Ford Kuga.

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Renault Austral. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Renault Austral models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Renault Austral models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Renault Austral I – First Generation (2022)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Renault Austral Gen 1.

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • H5Ht 1.3 Mild Hybrid 12V X-Tronic CVT 140 CV (2022)
  • H5Ht 1.3 Mild Hybrid 12V X-Tronic CVT 160 CV (2022)
  • HR12 1.2 Mild Hybrid Advanced 48V 130 CV (2022)
  • HR12 1.2 E-Tech Full Hybrid 200 CV (2022)

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