The Renault Arkana is powered by a 1.3L, TCe petrol engine that has been jointly developed by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi churning out 148 hp and 250 Nm of peak torque.
When BMW first introduced the X6, the world had mixed reaction towards the concept of a coupe-SUV. However, with time, people developed a taste for it and very soon, the German-trio of Mercedes, BMW and Audi had coupe-SUVs across almost their entire line-up. From luxury car manufacturers, the idea has now trickled down to mainstream brands like we see in the Renault Arkana.
Renault had first showcased the Arkana Coupe-SUV as a concept at the Moscow Auto Show last year and now, they have introduced the production version of the Arkana, gearing up for its launch in the Russian market. Why does it concern us, you ask? Well, the Arkana has some relevance to the Indian market as well.
The Renault Arkana is underpinned on a modified version of the BO platform which is what the Renault Captur is based on, and is also sold in Russia. The Captur is also sold in India and considering that their underpinnings are almost the same, the Arkana could very well come to India. The Arkana is a C-segment compact SUV, measuring at 4.5 meters in length.
The Arkana is powered by a 1.3L, TCe petrol engine that has been jointly developed by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. It churns out 148 bhp of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque and is mated to an X-Tronic gearbox. It will also come equipped with the smart all mode 4×4 intelligent permanent four-wheel drive system which has also been jointly developed by the alliance. However, if it comes to India, the Arkana will share its powertrain with the Duster and the Captur, which is a 1.5L, 108 hp diesel engine.
As for the design, the Arkana sure does look handsome at whatever it is. You could also say it bears a close resemblance with the Captur but still individual enough to make it look fresh. The C-shaped LED DRLs jutting out of the main headlamp cluster looks very cool indeed. The headlamps are full LED and the grille has been tweaked a little while the bumper has some angular profiling.
The rear sloping roofline gives it a beautiful silhouette and one could argue it looks much like Mercedes coupe-SUV from the rear. There are massive wheel arches housing the 17-inch alloy wheels and it also gets some body cladding and silver skid plates on the front and rear bumpers to give it a true SUV look. Works well indeed!.
On the inside, the Arkana gets a well laid out dashboard with a new multimedia system and the ‘Multi-Sense’ settings. The ‘Multi-Sense’ system gives the driver three driving modes – Eco, Sport and My Sense. The dashboard is garnished with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the Renault easy link multimedia system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets eight shades of ambient lighting for the cabin.
The Renault Arkana sure looks like a promising vehicle. If it comes here in India, it should really stand out in its segment.