Renault’s first-ever coupe-SUV Arkana is now ready for sale in Europe, with prices in France starting at €29,700 and bookings commencing on March 10. The coupe-SUV has also been listed on Renault UK official website. At launch, the Arkana in Europe will offer mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Arkana made its global debut back in 2018 in Russia as a near-production prototype. A South Korean version called Renault Samsung XM3 was revealed in 2019, and unlike the Russian Arkana which is built on the B0 platform that underpins the Duster, the XM3 and the European Arkana is built on a more advanced CMF-B platform that is shared with the 5th gen Clio, 2nd gen Captur and 2nd gen Nissan Juke.
|Trim||Engine||Price (including tax)|
|Zen||TCe 140 EDC||€29,700|
|Intens||TCe 140 EDC||€32,100|
|R.S. Line||TCe 140 EDC||€34,700|
There’ll be three trims on offer: Zen, Intens, and a sporty R.S. Line. Depending on the trim, exterior features include full-LED headlights with C-shaped running lights and 18-inch ‘Silverstone’ rims. There’ll be 7 colours to choose from: Solid White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Gray, Zanzibar Blue, Flame Red, and Valencia Orange (exclusive for R.S. Line). A contrast black roof is optional.
The cabin is stylish too, with features including a 9.3-inch portrait-style central touchscreen, a 10.2-inch digital driver display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, heated and electrically-adjustable front seats, rear AC vents, and wireless smartphone charging. Options include Bose audio system and electric sunroof. Safety and driver assistance systems include Emergency Active Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, 360° Camera (available at a later date), Parking Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Passive safety includes 6 airbags.
Moving on to the juicy bits, the TCe 140 EDC is a combination of a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. The output is 103 kW (140 metric hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. A 160 hp version will follow at a later date.
As for the E-Tech 145, it combines a 94 metric hp 1.6-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine and two electric motors (a starter-generator and a 49 metric hp traction motor). The combined output is 105 kW (143 metric hp). The transmission here is a “clutchless multi-mode dogbox”, which Renault says offers smooth gearshifts.
Unlike the Russian Arkana, there’s no AWD on offer. Download the information sheet here.