The new Renault Arkana E-Tech full hybrid is a stylish SUV coupé that combines the original’s distinguished looks with Renault’s bold new ‘Nouvelle Vague’ visual identity. The latest generation model debuts with the introduction of the top-of-the-range Esprit Alpine version. This premium trim level joins Evolution and Techno trims in a new simplified line-up, with all versions benefitting from an enhanced standard specification.
The new Renault Arkana E-Tech full hybrid is instantly recognisable from the Nouvel’R logo positioned in the centre of the smooth Deep Gloss Black band linking the headlights. Depending on the trim, the details of the logo’s diamonds are Black, Satin Chrome or Dark Chrome. Other exterior enhancements include a new aerodynamic blade on the front bumper of the top two trim levels, finished in body colour on the Techno and Satin Grey on the Esprit Alpine, plus very slightly smoked crystal-like light lenses. The logo at the centre of the tailgate is Dark Chrome, matching the front logo as well as the lettering and tailpipes. Finally, the chrome on features such as the grille and window surrounds is now Black, Satin Black or Deep Glossy Black depending on the version.
The new Renault Arkana E-Tech full hybrid is available in three trims - Evolution, Techno and Esprit Alpine. The top-of-the-range Esprit Alpine version features new 19-inch alloy wheels, Shale Grey and Deep Glossy Black badging on the wing and an aero-enhancing fin on the tailgate. Inside, the seats are a mixture of Eco TEP (made from 10 per cent bio-sourced materials) and imitation suede. The seats now come with blue horizontal overstitching and the Alpine logo on the back, while the seat belts feature two blue stripes.
Standard equipment has been enhanced across the rest of the range too. The Evolution now includes navigation as standard in the EASYLINK infotainment system, which also has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. The 7-inch screen now displays information across a larger area.
As well as the aerodynamic blade matching the body, Techno has the same wheels as the previous R.S. Line and E-Tech Engineered versions. The logo and lettering at the rear are Satin Chrome.
The entire range can be ordered in a new Midnight Blue colour, with all versions powered by the smooth and powerful E-Tech full hybrid 145hp powertrain. It interlinks two electric motors (a 36 kW main motor and an 18 kW High-Voltage Starter Generator) with a four-cylinder 1.6-litre 69 kW (94hp) petrol engine, a smart multi-mode clutch-less gearbox and a 1.2 kWh battery.
The new Renault Arkana E-Tech full hybrid is built on the acclaimed CMF-B modular platform, which has won praise for its efficiency, versatility, comfort and driving dynamics. It starts off in electric mode and can run on pure electric power for up to 80 per cent of the time in cities, which cuts consumption by up to 40 per cent compared to a standard petrol engine. The highly efficient drivetrain also results in CO2 emissions as low as 105g/km (found on the Evolution trim) and includes an innovative e-save feature that can keep the battery’s charge at a minimum of 40 per cent, providing the extra backup to keep on driving in electric mode if required, or to assist the engine on steep uphill slopes.
In addition to the car’s reassuring road-holding, the rear wheels of the new Arkana full hybrid adjust to keep it steady when cornering at higher speeds. The precise and direct steering boosts the chassis’ performance, and the short kerb-to-kerb turning diameter (11.2 metres) adds to its agility.