► All-new model
► Available with three hybrid engines
► Coming in the first half of 2021
You’re looking at the Renault Arkana, an all-new (for Europe) product that targets three key consumer trends; hybrid power, interior tech – and coupe SUV-ishness. It’ll add some extra presence and height to the existing model range when it arrives in the first half of 2021.
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The Arkana slots next to the Mégane, Kadjar and Scénic and it borrows key design elements from all three. From some angles, it even looks like a swollen Clio with added chrome. The latter makes sense, because it’s based on the Alliance’s CMF-B modular platform which you’ll also find under the Clio and Captur. The Arkana, however, is much larger; 4568mm in length, 1571mm in height with a 2720 wheelbase makes it longer but lower than a Kadjar. It’s also a hybrid.
At the front, you’ll find the same light signature elsewhere in Renault’s range, and some of the same lines. Renault says it’ll be available in a sportier, more aggressive-looking RS Line trim too. The Arkana will launch in seven colours, including an RS Line only Valencia Orange, and 17- or 18-inch wheels are available.
The Arkana continues where the Clio left off, and offers a 4.2-, 7- , or 10.2-inch coloured cockpit screen depending on the trim you spec. The centre screen is available in 7- or 9.3-inch portrait in higher trims, making it a class leader – if you get the pricey one.
Wireless smartphone charging, adaptive cruise, AEB and blind spot warning is also present to make driving easier – while a 360-degree camera and parking sensors help when the journey has ended.
What about the engines?
The Arkana is only available as a hybrid and comes with a choice full E-Tech powerplant or mild-hybrid TCe 140 and TCe 160 engines. The E-Tech is the same used on the Clio and uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder combustion engine alongside an e-engine and high-voltage starter generator.
Both the TCe 140 and 160 units use a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo capable of 138bhp and 158bhp respectively. Both are paired with a 12V battery for better fuel consumption and CO2 figures.