Although the pandemic continues without truce, in the automotive industry they see how the figures rise again with the greater opening of communes and more freedom of movement.
This setting was perfect for the latest Renault premiere, the Arkana, which makes its world debut in our country arriving from South Korea, with a new and versatile platform, high equipment, and a value proposition that will surely give something to talk about at the segment. In 2018 the model had been presented for the Russian market, although it uses a different platform.
Nestled between Duster and Koleos, this Coupé-silhouetted SUV differs dramatically from its Russian-marketed twin with its more modern platform and higher trim level.
In aesthetic terms, it shares the front “C shape” lighting signature, already seen in other models of the French firm, adding chrome details and all the robustness of the SUV silhouette. While at the rear there is a wide rear gate where you can see new three-dimensional rear lights that almost completely surround the rear area, giving it a greater presence on the street.
In terms of measurements, this new Renault SUV is 4,566 mm long, 1,571 mm high, 1,821 mm wide, and 2,720 mm between the axles, highlighting its 186 mm ground clearance and good entry and exit angles with 18 and 27 degrees, respectively.
In the cabin of the Arkana, there is a feeling of superior range, with high-quality materials, a sober design, and very driver-oriented. For this, this model was equipped with an instrument panel with a 10 ″ digital display, which allows the information given to the driver to be personalized.
This same screen reflects the changes in the driving modes of the Multi-Sense system, which has Eco, Sport, and My Sense modes, the latter with more customization options.
For entertainment, there is a good 7 ″ touch screen with full connectivity and compatibility with Android and Apple, as well as a wireless charger for smartphones and four USB ports (two at the front and two at the back).
To move the Arkana, Renault decided to use the new 1.3 T CE engine, a 1,333 cc turbo block, created by the alliance of Renault and Daimler, and which is now equipped in some Mercedes-Benz models.
Despite being small, this engine is optimized to deliver 150 horsepower and 255 Nm of maximum torque, available from very low revs, which, managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission, results in a dynamic and large vehicle. maneuverability.
This more compact engine means that the Arkana also has fairly controlled emissions and good performance. Renault homologated 12.8 km / l in the city, 16.5 km / l in mixed-use and 19.6 km / l on the highway, before the 3CV.
When it comes to safety, the Renault Arkana has six standard airbags, ABS brakes, stability control, slope starting assistant and braking assistant in all its versions, in addition to adding additional elements such as cross-traffic and point alert blind according to version.
The new Renault Arkana will be available in three versions differentiated by the equipment. To begin with, there is Life, for $ 17,290,000, followed by Zen, for $ 19,290, ending with Intensity for $ 20,490,000. According to what was reported by the brand, during the first months of 2021 a fourth Tech version should be added for $ 21,790,000.