Renault will finally expand its offer in the European markets with the Arkana SUV coupe. It first debuted in 2018 in Russia, where a year later it also started selling. Since then, there has been talk that this model will also expand the brand’s European offer. Now we know when that will happen.
The French carmaker has finally officially announced that it will also offer the Arkana model in Western Europe. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2021.
At the same time, the carmaker admitted what the European range of engines will look like. We will have three drive units available, all of which rely on hybrid drive. Two of them (TCe 140 and TCe 160) will be mildhybrid petrol four-cylinder 1.3 TCe with 12V on-board network, which will be a novelty in Renault’s portfolio. The E-Tech Hybrid 140 will then be a full-hybrid, the same unit has already appeared in the Clio model.
The carmaker is not talking about turbodiesel for this model. In Russia, by the way, the Arkana is available with an 85 kW petrol engine with an output of 156 Nm and a torque of 156 Nm and a four-cylinder 1.3 TCe with 112 kW and 250 Nm. All-wheel drive or CVT transmission is available for Russian specifications.
In addition, both variants differ in their technical basis. While the design for the world’s largest country shares technology with Dacia Duster, the European version uses the more advanced CMF-B architecture, known from Clia or Captur.
The main difference between the two models will be the interior. In the case of the European version, it will use two digital displays, one in the instrument cluster and the other for the multimedia system. The solution with a free-standing screen for infotainment (7 “or 9.3” depending on the version) has already been suggested by the sister Samsung XM3 for the South Korean market, while the Russian model has a simpler solution with a multimedia system screen integrated into the dashboard.
The car belongs to the category of compact SUVs. It measures 4,568 mm in length, the wheelbase is 2,720 mm, 90 mm more than in the case of Captur. The already original sporty expression will be further emphasized by the offered RS Line variant with a distinctive bumper with a bar inspired by Formula 1 monoposts.
In addition to electrified motors, a more advanced foundation will make it possible to offer the most modern safety systems. A highway and convoy assistant will be available, combining adaptive cruise control with stop & go with lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, speed limit recognition, speed camera, active parking assist for parallel, inclined and vertical parking.
Renault Arkana for European markets will be manufactured at the Busan plant in South Korea, alongside the already mentioned Samsung XM3.