Renault launches Arkana SUV in France


Renault is further expanding its SUV offering with the Arkana. Its a coupe SUV model based on the Captur and slightly longer than a Kadjar.

It is difficult to evoke any effect of surprise, the Arkana having already been unveiled in 2018 as a concept very close to the series. It has even been marketed in Russia since 2019. Nevertheless, the vehicle presented to us today, intended for the European market, differs from its Russian counterpart.

Arkana is based on the CMF-B platform used by the Renault Captur, while the Russian Arkana is based on that of the 2021 Dacia Sandero, allowing it to offer all-wheel drive and an affordable price. This strategy is similar to that operated by Renault for its Captur, the Russian version of which, called Kaptur, is also based on the Dacia Sandero platform.

Although the Arkana (4.57 m long) rests on the platform of the Captur (4.23 m long) and not that of the Kadjar (4.49 m long), it is 8 cm longer than the latter.

The Renault Arkana will be available with the 1.3 TCe unit coupled to an EDC box, in a 140 hp version, then also in a 160 hp version.

The Renault Arkana will be marketed during the first half of 2021 at prices still unknown. It could allow Renault to have a more attractive offer than the ageing Kadjar, pending its replacement, in order to face the fierce competition from the Peugeot 3008. Note that Citroën has also dared an atypical bodywork similar to that of Arkana for its new C4, which is also based on a platform shared with models of B segment. In short, there is something for everyone, provided you like SUVs and other crossovers.