24 September 2020 06:49

Renault Arkana Hybrid vehicle Sport utility vehicle

New Renault Arkana: hybrid SUV coupe coming in 2021

It took Renault more than a year since the Arkana's launch in Russia to realize that a compact SUV coupe is just what the doctor ordered for its European lineup. Looking just like the Korean-spec model (minus the badges), Europe's 2021 Renault Arkana is based on the CMF-B modular platform shared with the latest Clio and Captur. For starters, the Renault offers an all-hybrid lineup consisting of the 140 PS (138 HP) E-Tech Hybrid powertrain and the TCe 140 and TCe 160 turbo petrols with 12V micro-hybrid assistance. Shared with the Clio, the self-charging E-Tech system consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors (an e-motor and a high-voltage starter generator) and an innovative multi-mode clutch-less dogbox transmission. Always starting in EV mode, the E-Tech hybrid is said to provide up to 80 percent of city driving time with all-electric power, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40 percent over a conventional combustion engine in urban driving.

As for the two micro-hybrid powertrains, each features a 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol unit matched to an EDC dual-clutch transmission and an alternator-starter system paired with a 12V lithium-ion battery located under the passenger seat. Another difference to the Samsung XM3 is the Renault Arkana's R.S. Line trim, which sharpens up the looks courtesy of a unique Orange Valencia body color, black and dark metal exterior trim, sportier front bumper with F1-inspired aerodynamic blade and red inserts, as well as exclusive Shadow-Tinted wheels. As with the Renault Samsung XM3, the Arkana features a high-tech cockpit with a digital instrument cluster (4.2-, 7- or 10-inch display) combined with the Easy Link center touchscreen (sporting either a 7- or 9.3-inch display) that's compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Depending on the trim level, Renault will equip the Arkana with its latest Driving, Parking and Safety driver-assistance systems including Highway & Traffic Jam Companion semi-autonomous system, Safety Active emergency braking system, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and lane guard system, 360-degree camera and more. A new Renault Arkana coupe-SUV is set to be added to the French brand's line-up in the UK, with a choice of mild-hybrid or full-hybrid petrol power.

The Arkana sits on the same mechanical platform as the current Renault Captur SUV, but unlike that model, won't be offered with plug-in hybrid power. The latter uses similar technology to the recently launched Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid, with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a pair of electric motors combining to make 138bhp. Like the Clio, there's also a sophisticated clutchless gearbox, which Renault says is inspired by Formula 1 technology; the company claims the system can run in electric mode for around 80% of the time at typical urban driving speeds, and our time driving the Clio E-TECH suggests this is a realistic number. A 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol with mild-hybrid technology and the same 138bhp power output is the other engine option for the Arkana. On-board technology will be broadly in line with other current Renault models and will include a 4.2-, 7- or 10-inch driver information screen depending on exact specification, as well as the larger 7- or 9.3-inch screen in the centre of the dashboard.

The Renault range has expanded with the addition of a coupe-SUV model called Arkana. The Arkana is based on the same platform as the Clio and Captur and gets the latest hybrid powertrains. The hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors for a combined 138bhp. There's also a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol that comes with mild-hybrid technology. With sales in Australia confirmed from next year, Renault has announced that its first coupe-SUV, the Arkana, will be making its way to other markets in Europe from 2021 after initially being available only in Russia.

In spite of appearing visually identical to the model first launched in 2018, the European-spec Arkana, and most likely the Aussie version, will eschew the B0 platform from the Dacia/Renault Duster for the CMF-B used by the Clio, Captur and the Nissan Micra. As well as the inclusion of a sporty RS Line not offered in Russia, the Arkana's interior receives upgraded materials, carbon look inserts, red detailing and leather/suede trim on the RS Line, a choice of three digital instrument clusters measuring 4.2, seven and ten-inches, plus two Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated touchscreen infotainment displays of seven or 9.3-inches, the latter equipped as standard with satellite navigation. Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels with 19-inches optional, the Arkana also comes standard with Renault's Multi Sense drive mode selector that offers four settings; Eco, Comfort, Sport and My Sense, as well as an array of safety and driver assistance systems, namely Blind Spot Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, a surround view camera system, Easy Park Assist, Lane Centring Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assist and Lane Keep Assist. Underneath the bonnet, a choice of two engines will be offered; a mild-hybrid 1.3-litre turbo-petrol developed in partnership with Daimler that delivers 103kW/260Nm and the normally aspirated 1.6 E-Tech hybrid adapted from the Clio that punches out 103 kW as well. Sales in Europe will kick-off in September next year, two months after the opening of order books, with seven colours available; Pearl White, Metal Black, Opaque White, Metallic Grey, Fire Red, Zanzibar Blue and the RS Line exclusive Valencia Orange.

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. 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 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.