New Renault Arkana coupe-SUV named ahead of Moscow reveal

Renault confirms name of new global C-segment crossover, but the Arkana is unlikely to come to the UK

Renault has confirmed that its new C-segment crossover will be called Arkana. Alongside the name confirmation, the French brand has released a teaser image of the forthcoming coupe-SUV.

The image shows a close up shot of the boot lid, with sports tail lights similar in design to the Megane. In the Arkana’s case, they almost run the full width of the car, separated only by the Renault logo.

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The new teaser gives little to hint at the Arkana’s overall shape, but previous spy shots have shown the new car to have a coupe-esque profile similar in concept to the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. It’ll be smaller than either, though, as the spy shots suggest the new model is similar in size to the Renault Kadjar.

Renault has confirmed it will reveal the Arkana at 2018 Moscow Motor Show on 29 August – describing the model as a fresh crossover and a new ‘global model’, though Auto Express understands that it’s unlikely to make it to Britain when sales begin in 2019. The new crossover will be built at Renault’s Moscow plant and launched first on the Russian market, with other countries (such as China) to follow later.

Though the spy shots show a disguised prototype, it’s still possible to depict the slim front headlights Kadjar-style grille, and raised ride height. At the back, the Kadjar’s bumper-mounted number plate remains, with a new high boot lid and steeply raked screen. The flared sills and wheel arches are clear to see, while bulges on the door could hint at extra protection from off-road dings and car park scrapes.

We’ve not been granted a look inside the new car, but it’s likely the Arkana will gain the Kadjar’s portrait infotainment screen and separate climate controls. Given this is a car designed for the Russian market, there’s a chance it may gain a cheaper, harder wearing interior with tougher plastics and rougher materials. As such, changes would be made if the car was ever sold in Europe and the UK.

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