Just arrived in dealerships, the new Renault Arkana brings a breath of fresh air to the SUV segment. Find out all you need to know about its plug-in hybrid version.
If it was not officially unveiled in France until the end of last year, the Renault Arkana is in fact not really unknown. Indeed, it’s been some time since it had been presented, but only on the Russian market. But now the new SUV cut with completely new lines has decided to make the road to us, while this type of silhouette is meeting more and more success. Available in many engines, this newcomer to the range is already turning heads and has all the assets to compete with the stars of the segment, including the recently restyled Peugeot 3008. Auto-Moto invites you to find out more about the E-Tech plug-in hybrid version in three points!
An original and trendy silhouette
Before getting into the heart of the matter, let’s take a moment to talk about the silhouette of this Renault Arkana, which takes up the codes of the SUV coupes, very popular for a few years now. No doubt customers will appreciate the receding roof and slanted bezel, which gives this newcomer a very dynamic look. In addition, its rather generous dimensions, with its length of 4.57 meters, 1.57 m high and 1.80 m wide give it a certain presence on the road. Its ground clearance of 18 centimeters further increases this impression, and gives this Arkana a real style of almost sporting adventurer. Overall the lines are very muscular, while it’s hard to guess what’s hiding under the hood. In fact, only specific badges give an idea of the presence of an engine. plug-in hybrid.
A hybridization and 160 horses
Precisely, let’s talk about this engine, recently arrived in the Renault range, first on the Captur E-Tech Plug-In. Because you may not know it, but this brand new Renault Arkana E-tech is indeed based on its little brother’s CMF-B modular platform, unlike the Russian version, which uses the underside of the Dacia Duster. No wonder then that the SUV coupe uses the combination of 1.6-liter petrol and an electric motor already installed under the hood of the Captur, claiming 160 horsepower for both. For its part, the 9.8 kWh battery allows the SUV to travel about 50 kilometers entirely electric, which then makes it eligible for the ecological bonus.
A generous space on board
Benefiting from a wheelbase of 2.72 meters, as well as a trunk whose volume oscillates between 438 and 1,296 liters, the Renault Arkana E-Tech Plug-In Comfortably welcomes its passengers and their luggage. In addition, despite its sloping roof, the SUV coupe offers a fairly decent roof clearance, sufficient to accommodate occupants of adult size. Overall, the interior presentation is taken from the Renault Captur, which should not really disorient customers. They therefore benefit from a touch screen ranging from 7 to 9.3 inches depending on the version, installed in a vertical position and associated with a digital handset.
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