Renault Arkana coupe SUV set for 2021 UK launch

New Renault Captur-based SUV to join range with E-Tech hybrid version

  • Same platform as Clio and Captur
  • Hybrid and mild-hybrid engines
  • On sale in July 2021

The Renault Arkana SUV is coming to the UK, three years after it was initially launched. You’ll be able to order one in July, with deliveries scheduled for September 2021.

2021 Renault Arkana styling and specifications

The Arkana will be offered with the same hybrid engine as the Renault Clio, and will sit between the Renault Captur and the Renault Kadjar in the manufacturer’s range. It features Renault’s familiar front-end styling, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a chrome-edged grille but the roofline swoops down to a spoiler just below the rear windscreen.

The fastback look is reminiscent of saloons and hatchbacks like the Renault Laguna, and is similar to the Audi Q3 Sportback and BMW X4 but the Arkana will cost less than both.

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A selection of trim levels will be available, culminating in a top-spec RS Line version. Taking inspiration from the Renault Megane RS, the Arkana RS Line gets a sportier design, big wheels and an exclusive Orange Valencia paint colour, shown here. An RS Line trim is also offered in the Renault Clio, which gives buyers more equipment and better materials than cheaper trim levels, too.

Interior

The dashboard looks to be carried over from the Clio and Captur, and high-spec cars will get an impressive 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen and a fully digital instrument cluster. Each specification will get an exclusive trim set - carbon-fibre effect for RS Line - but all get chrome touches and a leather gear selector for an upmarket feel. RS Line cars also get red stitching and leather/suede upholstery.

Despite its coupe shape, the Arkana offers 513-litres of boot space and a full-height tailgate, which is only 23 litres shy of the Captur when its seats are in their most forward position. It’s actually bigger than some cars from the class above, including the Kadjar and the Nissan Qashqai, so could be a hit with families looking for space and style.

Engines

Combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, the Arkana E-Tech produces 138bhp and is said to be capable of doing 80% of in-town journeys on electricity alone - as long as the battery is charged. There are Eco and Sport driving modes, and a My Sense mode that acts as a middle ground between the two.

Alongside the hybrid is a 1.3-litre petrol engine with the same power output, which is familiar from Renault’s range. It seems this engine will only be offered with an automatic gearbox, like it is on the Clio. Mild-hybrid assistance is fitted to reduce emissions, although Renault has not confirmed any performance or economy stats so far.

See where the Renault Captur lands on our list of the best family SUVs, or read about the Renault Clio being awarded the Carbuyer Car of the Year 2020 award.

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