New crossover will be firm's flagship model in Russian market, and is designed to mix saloon and SUV attributes
James Attwood, digital editor
29 August 2018

Renault has unveiled a new coupe crossover called the Arkana at the Moscow motor show, with the machine designed to combine design traits of both saloons and SUVs

The new machine will be built at Renault’s Moscow factory and has been conceived as the French firm’s new flagship model in Russia, where it will go on sale next year. It will then expand to other ‘global’ markets, beginning with Asia, although there are currently no plans to bring it to the UK or Europe.

A C-segment mid-size SUV, the five-seat Arkana features a coupe-style design, with the high-riding style and wide wheel arches typical of a crossover. Renault’s design boss Laurens Van den Acker said it strikes “a balance between the elegance of a sedan and the powerful stance of an SUV.”

The machine features the latest version of Renault’s front design, including full LED headlights. At the rear are twin aluminium, while the rear lights feature a full width LED strip underneath a pronounced lip on the swooping hatchback. The show car sits on 19-inch wheels with high ground clearance.

No details on specific powertrains were given, although they will include one that is new to the Russian market. The Arkana will be offered with four-wheel-drive, and Renault says it will offer “excellent all-terrain capabilities”.

The Arkana is built on a reworked version of the BO platform used for the Dacia Duster and the Kaptur, a slightly larger version of the Captur for the Russian market.

Renault says the idea for the Arkana’s saloon-come-SUV design was led by the Russian market, where saloon cars still lead the market but SUVs are rising in popularity. It was styled and developed at Renault’s design centre in France. The 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"

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The Arkana is the first step in a major investment in the Russian market for Group Renault as part of its Drive the Future strategic plan to increase sales volume to five million units by 2022.Russia is Group Renault’s second biggest market behind France, particularly due to its majority stake in Lada parent company Avtovaz.

The group’s brands have a 28% share of the country’s market, selling 448,270 vehicles there in 2017. While led by Lada, which has a 19.5% market share, the Renault brand is growing in popularity in the country, with an 8.5% market share. The Russian market grew by 12.2% last year, the first rise since 2017, and that helped Group Renault’s sales rise by 16.9%.

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29 August 2018

 Reanault is just joining the gravy Train, BMW, Mercedes to name two have crossovers, I don’t see the need for a Crossover....

6 January 2019


another pointless interjection from Signor Cavellini

29 August 2018

But if thats what the market wants then make it I guess?

29 August 2018

  sometimes I think we’re Brain washed into thinking we need a type of Vehicle.

6 January 2019

I drive what I want and don't give a flying f@<£ what other people think. You, on the other hand..............

29 August 2018

A pointless car, but rather well executed, IMHO.   Renault design is enjoying a real renaissance.

29 August 2018

colour they do, when clean, looks great. Welcome change to the battleship greys that seem popular at the moment.

29 August 2018
Not a fan of this type of car, seems a little pointless. However, this looks so much better than anything BMW or Mercedes have produced so far.

29 August 2018


29 August 2018

Not a fan of crossover on-road SUVs, but this I like the look of.

I reckon the likes of this, and the Jag iPace, are the future of cars. The sit up high and ease of access of a crossover without looking like a fat a**ed van.


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