Renault Arkana E-TECH hybrid: specs, details and on-sale date of new coupe-SUV
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 model was unveiled back in 2018 at the Moscow Motor Show and has been on sale in Russia for some time, but the decision has now been taken to bring it to Western European markets. Order books will open in July 2021, with deliveries commencing in September 2021; exact UK pricing will be confirmed in due course.
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. Instead, there's a choice of either mild-hybrid or full-hybrid petrol engines. 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. Exact fuel economy and emissions figures have yet to be confirmed.
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. Wireless smartphone charging, a 360-degree parking camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four USB ports, 4G connectivity and remote vehicle monitoring also feature, while the driver will be able to choose from Eco, Comfort, Sport or individually personalised driving modes.
Key active safety technology available on the Arkana will include adaptive cruise control with 'stop & go' functionality, as well as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance.
Full details of UK trim levels and specifications have yet to be revealed, but Renault has confirmed there'll be a sporty-looking R.S. Line version with a Formula 1-inspired 'aerodynamic blade', red bumper inserts, 'shadow tinted' alloy wheels, R.S. Line badging, chromed exhaust tips and a darker skid plate. An optional colour pack makes the Arkana R.S. Line's front and rear bumper and the lower protective door strip the same colour as the bodywork, with a black roof and gloss-black spoiler.
Customers will be able to choose the Arkana in seven different colours: Opaque White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Grey, Zanzibar Blue, Fire Red and Valencia Orange (with the latter being exclusive to the R.S. Line). An optional black roof and three choices of 17 and 18-inch wheels will also be available.
The Arkana's low-slung coupe roofline does hit practicality and versatility somewhat compared to the boxier Captur and Kadjar SUVs in Renault's range, but a total of 513 litres' boot space is offered nonetheless, complete with rear seats that fold completely flat.
Renault recently removed the large diesel-only Koleos SUV from its range in the UK, but has been expanding its hybrid offerings of late, introducing the aforementioned Clio and Captur hybrids, as well as a plug-in version of the Megane – all under the 'E-TECH' banner.