Renault begins confirmation runs of Austral SUV

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Renault says that its latest SUV, the Austral, has now entered its final stage of development, with the last checks of the new CMF-CD3 platform and the all-electric engine options underway.

Development cars are set to undertake a round of confirmation runs, using a fleet of around 100 vehicles covering 2,000,000km.

Renault’s new SUV will cross France, Spain, Germany and Romania during the test in order to confirm the results of the previous checks. Nine hundred drivers will cover 600,000km of open roads in real-life conditions, while the remaining 1,400,000km will take place on the track.

These tests will enable the development teams to approve the adjustments made to the new CMF-CD3 platform and driver assistance systems, as well as the soundproofing and comfort of the suspension system. The test program will also provide final prove out of the Austral’s hybrid petrol electric powertrain options.

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