Renault is expanding its hybrid model range in Europe with a new SUV-coupe – the Renault Arkana. The company has confirmed that it plans to launch the Renault Arkana Hybrid in the Old Continent in the first half of 2020.
The Renault Arkana debuted in May 2019, but it will come to Europe only next year because it’s undergoing plenty of changes. Firstly, this is not the low-cost B0 platform-based 4.54-meter (178.74 in.)-long SUV-coupe Renault manufactures in Moscow. It is the more advanced CMF-B platform-based 4.57 (179.92 in.)-meter-long SUV-coupe Renault-Samsung Motors builds as the ‘Renault Samsung XM3’ in Busan. Secondly, it’s coming exclusively as a hybrid, which isn’t the case in its country of origin.
The Renault Arkana hybrid SUV-coupe will be available in Europe with an E-TECH full-hybrid powertrain and a 12-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. The E-TECH full-hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine, a traction motor, a starter-generator motor, a 230 V (1.2 kWh) Lithium-ion battery pack and a dog clutch gearbox. It offers combined maximum power of 140 PS (138 HP).
The 12-volt mild-hybrid powertrain makes use of a 1.3-liter TCe turbocharged gasoline engine, an alternator-starter motor and a 12-volt Lithium-ion battery pack. It will be available in 140 PS (138 HP) and 160 PS (158 hp) power output versions. An EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available in the Renault Arkana mild-hybrid, although whether as standard or as an option remains to be seen.
All-LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-inch fully digital instrument cluster, 9.3-inch Easy Link portrait touchscreen infotainment system, etc. will be some of the main features available in the Renault Arkana hybrid SUV-coupe. Renault would release the prices of the Renault Arkana hybrid SUV-coupe closer to the market launch next year.