2021 coupe-shaped SUV Renault Arkana revealed

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Author: | Updated: 23 Sep 2020 16:03

Revealed back in 2018, the Arkana coupe-SUV, will finally go on sale next year with a range of electrified petrol engines and features the latest connected technologies as well as a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance systems.

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV

Built on the Alliance’s CMF-B modular platform which supports the all-new Clio and all-new Captur, which strengthens the current Renault SUV line-up that consists of the Captur and Kadja.

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV rear

Customers will have the choice between a 138bhp 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid E-Tech variant and two turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engines with 12V mild-hybrid technology, providing 138bhp and 158bhp.

“The all-new Arkana E-TECH Hybrid’s engine is ideal for all types of journey and usage, ensuring optimum versatility. It is equally suited to drivers looking for an electric drive mode for better fuel efficiency as it is to high-mileage drivers who previously preferred diesel engines, but now look for lower consumption while keeping the same driving habits.”

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV front

Renault Multi Sense technology gives drivers the opportunity to personalise their driving experience depending on their mood:

  • Eco: Uses a more measured mapping of the accelerator pedal and adapted gear changing for the most economical drive.
  • Comfort: steering assistance increased for greater flexibility and ease of driving, from 10 to 40 per cent depending on the vehicle speed
  • Sport: steering assist is now 25 per cent firmer and the engine mapping offers 20-25 per cent more torque at the same throttle position for a more dynamic drive
  • My Sense: Best for everyday use, My Sense offers the best compromise in terms of performance and economy, using as much electric power as possible, but in the most efficient way.

For those that want the finer details, the Arkana measures 4,568mm in length, 1,571mm in height and a 2,720mm wheelbase – which gives the cars overall size a flowing profile.

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV side

Inside, forget coupe-shaped anything, this is an SUV at heart. The boots has a load capacity of 513 litres and features a raised floor and seats which can be folded completely flat. The cabin also doesn’t disappoint as there is a good amount of space for the driver and passenger.

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV interior

Key point: There is a storage net on the passenger side with door pockets each large enough to hold 1.5-litre bottles.

If you want to move up the model range you will see a host of interior upgrades that includes a leather steering wheel, chrome inserts added to the dashboard and cup holder, and the upper part of the doors covered with a foam lining. Not forgetting the R.S. Line model benefits from a carbon-finish dashboard and door lining, a red trim running along the top of the dashboard and a black roof.

2021 Renault Arkana coupe-SUV centre console

Not forgetting the centre console features a variety of technology that includes a wireless smartphone charging system and an electric automatic parking brake with Auto-Hold option, as standard, while E-TECH Hybrid models feature the elegant e-shifter gear selector.

Like what you see? The all-new Renault Arkana will be available to order from July 2021, with first deliveries in September 2021. Prices are still to be confirmed.

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