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Quirky addition to Renault range

Renault Arkana

RENAULT is expanding its line-up in a perhaps unexpected direction, by adding a distinctive coupe-meets-SUV based on the same platform as the Clio and Captur.

It can be had with the company's E-Tech hybrid drivetrain, as offered in the Clio and Captur.

This uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors for a combined 138bhp and a novel clutchless gearbox.

A 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol mild-hybrid will also be offered.

On the outside, styling features include all-LED headlights, a large Renault logo in the grille, a choice of seven colours and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Renault Arkana

Renault Arkana

An R.S. Line version will be available, which adds a sporty body kit and Valencia Orange paint job.

Despite the sloping roofline, the Arkana has a decent boot capacity of 513 litres. All models get chrome details and a leather gear lever inside. R.S. Line models get a carbon-look dashboard, a leather steering wheel and a leather/suede upholstery.

Renault Arkana

Digital displays vary depending on model, with the instrument binnacle screen being 4.2, 7.0 or 10 inches, while the central, infotainment screen is either a 7.0-inch horizontal or 9.3-inch portrait-oriented unit.

Buyers will have to wait a while if they want one, though, with order books opening in July 2021 with first deliveries expected in September 2021. Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the time.

Renault Arkana

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