Renault has revealed the name of its upcoming luxury coupe SUV: Rafale. This vehicle will join Renault's lineup of cars powered by E-Tech hybrid engines and built on the CMF-CD platform. Following the introduction of the Austral 5-seater SUV and the Espace 5- or 7-seater SUV, the all-new Rafale will be Renault's latest addition to the D segment, aiming to make a substantial impact.
Renault's historical connection to aviation inspires the name Rafale. In the early 20th century, Renault was known for manufacturing combustion engines for cars, trains, and aeroplanes. In 1933, Renault acquired another company called Caudron and formed Caudron-Renault. The aeroplanes produced by this collaboration were named after notable winds. In 1934, the C460, a racing plane designed for speed, was renamed Rafale.
Renault is now paying homage to its aviation heritage by incorporating the characteristics of the legendary Caudron Rafale into its new luxury car. The name Rafale suggests wind and reflects the car's sleek and dynamic appearance, symbolizing performance, excitement, and personality.
The world premiere of the all-new Renault Rafale will take place on June 18th at the 54th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.