Presented for the first time in August 2018 as a showcar, the Renault Arkana will finally go on sale very soon in Europe. The mainstream coupe-crossover has been on the Russian market since May of last year and will be available in select markets on the Old Continent from the first quarter of next year.
There are a number of very significant differences between the Russia-spec model and the new Euro-spec Arkana. First of all, the latter gets a more refined appearance mainly thanks to a new RS-Line package, as well as a wider range of customization options thanks to the new Color package.
In addition, the interior is also much more elegant and benefits from a vertical tablet-style display for the infotainment system, as well as a fully digital instrument panel in 4.2, 7 or 10.2 inch versions. depending on the version. Despite its coupe-SUV form, the Arkana offers a generous trunk volume of 18.1 cubic feet (513 liters) for non-hybrid variants.
But that’s not all. While the Arkana for Russia is powered by a 1.3-liter turbo petrol engine, the Euro-spec model benefits from Renault’s latest hybrid powertrains. These include 140 horsepower (104 kilowatt) and 160 hp (119 kW) mild hybrid versions of the 1.3 TCe engine, paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, plus the already available Clio E-Tech 140 Hybrid, Captur and Megane. The French manufacturer claims that the latter is a new system which “has been the subject of more than 150 patents and which is based on the Group’s experience in electric vehicles and F1”.
“Arkana is another example of how modernity and innovation are anchored in Renault’s DNA”, comments François Laurent, director of the Arkana program. “It is a hybrid at all levels, and perfectly combines the codes of the coupe and the SUV, combining responsiveness and versatility. It gives new impetus to the mainstream compact SUV segment, which is at the heart of the European market. “