Arkana, the “coupé-style” SUV unveiled in hybrid version in Europe

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Renault has unveiled the highly awaited European version of its Arkana coupe SUV. After its success in Russia and Korea, this international model relies on its distinctive design, technologies and hybrid powertrains to appeal to customers on the old continent...
by Charlotte Legrée

First seen at the Moscow show when it was unveiled in 2018, the Arkana show-car became a production vehicle first in Russia and then in Korea under the XM3 name. It has been a success in these two markets, bringing stylistic innovation and a new breath to its segment, and already selling more than 50,000 units.

This coupe SUV is now about to be marketed in Europe. Renault is the first generalist manufacturer to offer such a silhouette, previously reserved for premium brands. The New Arkana completes the Renault compact range (Mégane, Kadjar, Scénic) by entering the fast-growing global SUV market. The New Arkana has been technically adapted to the European market, with the Alliance's new CMF-B modular platform, to benefit from the latest technologies in terms of engines and driving aids.

A unique concept with a striking design

The New Renault Arkana combines fluidity, elegance and robustness, sporty and dynamic lines assert its character. Despite its coupé-like silhouette, it boasts record-breaking roominess, thanks in particular to spacious rear seats with knee room of 211 mm - the largest in its class - and a generous boot with a volume of up to 513 liters. The 100% LED C-shaped headlamps, Renault's signature identity, underline its taut and elegant lines. 

The New Arkana is proposed in R.S. Line version, offering a sportier look and more dynamism. It can feature a specific Valencia Orange body color, enhanced with black lacquered or dark metallic elements, including the aerodynamic blade inspired by the world of Formula 1. Inside, the mixed leather-suede like seat upholstery, carbon-look inserts, and red stitching and trim reveal its sporting inspiration derived from Renault Sport's expertise.

A hybrid and versatile approach

The New Arkana has a range of 100% hybrid engines. First with the E-TECH Hybrid engine, for maximum versatility while enjoying the sensations of electric driving. E-TECH technology maximizes efficiency in the city, where all-electric driving time is up to 80%. Thanks to the MULTI SENSE settings that offer different modes (Eco, Sport and MySense), it offers driving pleasure in all circumstances. The New Arkana brilliantly combines economy, flexibility and driving pleasure, without the need to plug it in to recharge.

Another novelty under the hood: the 1.3 TCe petrol engine - first available in 140hp and then in 160hp - has been upgraded to micro-hybridisation with the addition of a starter-alternator system coupled to a 12V lithium-ion battery.

This technology improves Stop & Start and ensures energy regeneration during deceleration phases. It also assists the engine in its most energy-consuming phases, during starting or acceleration. This reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while ensuring greater fluidity and driving comfort.

A connected and personalized driving experience 

The dashboard has a digital display on a screen up to 10.2 inches and a central screen up to 9.3 inches. With a total size never seen before for a vehicle in this category, they contribute to the modernity of the passenger compartment. The central screen hosts the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, as well as practical and ergonomic applications for a connected and personalized driving experience.

The New Arkana also has a full range of driving aids. These latest-generation technologies include a 360° camera to detect all obstacles around the vehicle as well as the Highway and Traffic Assistant. The latter combines Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and the Lane Departure Assist function. This level 2 autonomy service provides a significant increase in driving comfort.

 

The all-New Renault Arkana will be presented to the public for the first time on October 15 at the "Renault eWays" event dedicated to the electric mobility of today and tomorrow."

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