Renault has revealed images and specification details for its new Arkana coupe SUV, which will reach UK dealerships in September 2021.
Prices are expected to be revealed closer to the opening of order books in July next year, but the French carmaker today (September 23) revealed that the all-new model will be made available with a “range of electrified powertrains”.
It will also feature the brand’s new 9.3-inch Easy Link multimedia portrait screen, 10-inch TFT Driver Information Display and four USB connections provide a full digital and connected experience for all occupants
Only slightly longer than the Megane hatchback, the Arkana measures 4,568mm in length, offers a 513-litre boot, and will be built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-B modular platform, which underpins the Clio and Captur.
In 2020 Renault has axed the Grand Scenic MPV and Koleos flagship SUV from a range already shorn of the Twingo city car.
In an interview with AM magazine, which features in the current digital edition, Renault UK managing director Vincent Tourette indicated that the move came as part of a re-focus on more profitable segments.
He told AM: "We may decide to vacate some of the market segments that are less in demand – MPV being one – and refocus on areas where there’s strong demand, like SUVs and why not fully electrified.”
Renault’s latest full hybrid E-TECH technology while mild-hybrid technology will be offered alongside the 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TCe petrol engine in the new Arkana model.
The full hybrid powertrain will combine a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors for a total power output of 142PS.
Renault claims that the E-TECH hybrid powertrain can provide up to 80% of city driving under all-electric power.
The brand’s 1.3-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection TCe petrol engine, meanwhile, will deliver the same power output and come paired to an EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The engine will be available with mild-hybrid technology which is delivered through an added alternator-starter system paired with a 12V lithium-ion battery under the passenger seat.
Following on from the All-New Clio and New Mégane, Renault said that the Arkana will be available in R.S. Line trim, drawing inspiration from Renault Sport’s DNA and the New Mégane R.S. model.
It added: “The car’s bold design is further enhanced by the Orange Valencia colour and black-painted and dark metal exterior elements.”
An optional Colour pack further enhances the look of the New Arkana R.S. Line: its front and rear bumper and the lower protective door strip will be painted in the colour of the bodywork, with a black roof and gloss black spoiler.
Across the breadth of the new model’s trim range, customers will be able to choose from seven colours: Opaque White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Grey, Zanzibar Blue, Fire Red and Valencia Orange (exclusive to the R.S. Line version).
An optional black roof and three choices of 17- and 18-inch wheels will also be available, Renault said.
The Arkana’s on-board technology is boosted by the introduction of the new Renault Easy Connect system, which delivers access a number of services through the MY Renault app and the Easy Link multimedia system.
It features continuous 4G connectivity and additional services offered by partners such as Google (address finder) and TomTom (real-time traffic information).
The Renault Easy Link system will be available in three configurations; with seven-inch screen, seven-inch screen with sat nav or 9.3-inch screen with sat nav options.
Drivers will get the opportunity to personalise their driving experience through use of the Arkana’s Renault Multi Sense technology, meanwhile.
Interacting with engine mapping, power-assisted steering, ambient lighting and the digital screen configuration, Multi Sense can be switched between Eco, Comfort, Sport and My Sense settings.
The latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems provide added convenience and safety for the driver. The All-New Arkana will be available with a selection of systems including Motorway & Traffic Jam Companion, Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go), Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.