First unveiled in August 2018 at the Moscow International Motor Show as a show car, the Renault Arkana Coupé SUV designed for the Russian market finally gets its production version. The Renault Arkana Coupé SUV, as the name hints, is a sedan, a coupé and a SUV all rolled into one. It is one hell of a sporty ride that reminiscent that of BMW X series.
The Renault Arkana Coupé SUV is powered by the new TCe 150 gasoline engine that puts our 150 horses and turns out 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, paired to an X-Tronic gearbox and a smart All Mode 4×4-i 4-wheel drive system developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and of the Alliance’s collaboration with Daimler.
Unlike some SUV, this select market C-segment vehicle is serious about off-roading. In addition to significant amount of torque required for unforgiving terrains, Arkana also boasts one of the highest ground clearance in its clearance, coming in at 208 mm (8.2 inches), and has angles of attack and departure of 18-degree and 25-degree, respectively.
Other highlights include C-Shape LED headlights, 17-inch wheels and tires, dual lighting system in trunk, 508-1,333 liters of cargo space (134-352 gallons), folding rear seats, optimized soundproofing, heated steering and seats, MULTI-SENSE technology with three driving modes (Eco, Sport, My sense) and 8 ambience colors and an 8-inch touchscreen interface for Renault EASY LINK multimedia system with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, as well as Yandex Auto, which is complemented by a Bose audio system.
The Renault Arkana Coupé SUV is being built at Renault’s Moscow plant and it will go on sale in Russia this summer in choice of 7 bodywork colors and 3 finish levels. Exactly availability and the pricing are unknown at this point in time. The vehicle is already listed on Renault Russia website and so, if you read Russian, you can learn more about the Arkana on the product page.
Arkana is not exclusive to Russia, though. It will be available to the Korean market in Q1-2 of 2020 with the Korea-exclusive Arkana to be produced at the Busan plant. The Arkana first debuted in March at the Seoul Motor Show as the XM3 Inspire show car. Though it is unclear if it will be called Arkana or will it have a new name or will it retain the show car’s name.
All images courtesy of Group Renault.