The firm has released a new preview image of the C-segment machine, showing the tailgate with Arkana badging on. Renault has previously shown a single image of the new model.
The Arkana is likely to be based on the Kaptur, a slightly larger version of the Renault Captur made for the Russian market. While it is conceived as a global model, the Arkana will be key to increasing Renault’s sales in Russia, its second-largest market behind France.
The crossover’s name is derived from 'arcanum', the Latin word for secret, with Renault claiming that the concept of Arkana is "associated with mystery, attractiveness and pioneer spirit".
The teaser photo shows rear lights with a bar that runs almost the full width of the tailgate, split in the middle by the Renault logo. It also shows a pronounced rear boot lip. An earlier teaser image showed the outline of the Arkana’s front. When lightened, it suggests a sportier-looking variant with a coupé-like roofline to cater to tastes for swept-back crossovers.
Renault’s latest design language, first demonstrated by the Mégane, has been applied to the new car’s nose, with C-shaped daytime running lights that feed out of the main headlight units.
Russia is a key focus for Renault because it offers the French firm an almost unrivalled opportunity for growth. In 2017, the firm sold 414,000 cars in the country. That's a 7% rise on the year before, despite the fact that Russia’s new car market shrank by 2.8%.
The new car will be built in Moscow for the Russian market in 2019, although it will eventually be offered in other countries. The UK is unlikely to be on the list of destinations, but the car’s design similarities with the Mégane suggest future models sold here, such as the upcoming Clio, will adopt the same features.