Quirky addition to Renault range
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.
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.
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.