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Prices for Renault Arkana start at €29 700, first orders open in France on March 10.

Renault Arkana is the first vehicle to embody the recently announced New Wave strategy. Renault Arkana is a hybrid vehicle, in terms of style, purpose, and engine. Renault Arkana is an exciting offering to better win back C Segment.

With the launch of Arkana in Europe, it is Renault’s way of bringing something completely different to the market. We are the first mass-market manufacturer to include a sports SUV in its range, a line hitherto reserved for premium brands. The new line is a perfect fit within the rest of the range (Megane, Kadjar and Scenic) and will be a key player on the SUV market which is experience considerable growth worldwide. 

With Arkana, Renault is rolling out a model with a strong hybrid identity, in both style and engine. The high vantage point for added peace of mind combined with generous legroom and boot storage, all housed in a uniquely innovative and sporty design shows that this SUV is unlike any other, one packed with sensations and excitement. 

A unique concept 

With its 200 mm clearance, high athletic beltline, and defined shoulder lines, Arkana is very much an SUV. The vehicle is fitted with front and rear skid plates and wheel arch guards for a robust look. But the roof and windows form a sweeping curve that drops down towards the rear door, giving the car a much sportier feel, one that is on par with other coupé models.  

Inside, the ergonomic design of the Arkana interior is highlighted by finely-chosen materials, plenty of storage, smart-phone induction charging, four USB sockets, and an automatic electric parking brake. New Arkana is far roomier than any other coupé models, especially in the rear where passengers have 211 mm legroom making it the best in its category. The 305 mm of foot space is among the best on the market, as is the 862 mm of rear passenger roof height. 

When it comes to storage, Arkana also has a generous luggage compartment with a capacity of 513 L (480 L for the E-tech Hybrid version) and a false floor that can be mounted or removed as required, which can be turned into a large flat floor once the 2/3-1/3 rear bench seat is folded down. 

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The only hybrid in its segment 

Renault Arkana comes with 145 HP E-TECH Hybrid technology and can be fitted with the 12 volt micro-hybrid version of the powerful TCE 140 and 160 engines for greater efficiency, responsiveness, and driving pleasure. 

Following in the footsteps of Clio, Captur, and Megane, Arkana continues down the path of innovative hybrid motors with E-TECH technology. Its ‘full hybrid’ engine is identical to the one already fitted to Clio E-TECH Hybrid. With more than 150 patents to its name, the revolutionary technology leverages Renault’s expertise in Formula 1, particularly in terms of energy recovery.  

Micro-hybrid motors are based on the 4-cylinder 1.3 TCE direct injection, turbocharged petrol engine. Micro-hybrid capabilities are achieved by adding a starter-alternator system coupled with a 12V Li-ion battery. This technology helps reduce fuel usage by 8% and as well as CO emissions, while ensuring smoother reignition and better driving comfort. 

Safe and high tech 

Renault Arkana brings the best technology on offer for a mass market model. Fitted with one of the largest displays on the market with a 10.2” colour instrument cluster combined with a 9.3” central display. On-board technology gives access to such services as: 

  • EASY CONNECT for improved smart phone communication, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, as well as Google Search, TomTom Traffic, and even Over The Air updates. 
  • MULTI-SENSE for on-board mood settings customisation and driving mode selection 

Arkana comes with the latest in driver-assistance features known as EASY DRIVE: Highway and Traffic Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Automatic Switch, Emergency Active Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition with Overspeed Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Lane keeping Assist, 360° Camera, Parking Assist, Easy Park Assist… a range of technology that, when combined with the CMF-B platform, programmed crumple zones, and 6 air bags, saw the vehicle earn the maximum 5 stars during EuroNCAP crash tests. 

Range Options 

In addition to ‘Zen’ and ‘Intens’, Renault Arkana is also available in an ‘R.S. Line’ version with the ‘Renault Sport’ label as our way of showing those customers looking for something sporty that stands out that we have what they are looking for. 

Arkana is available in 7 body colours: Solid White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Gray, Zanzibar Blue, Flame Red, and Valencia Orange (reserved for the R.S. Line version). An optional black roof adds to the car’s dynamic streak. The car comes with a choice of 3 rims in either 17” or 18”. 

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