With crossovers and SUVs being the trend in the market, its no surprise that manufacturers are continuously churning out more and more of these high-riding people movers in different shapes and sizes. Renault seems to be venturing into the market of SUV-coupes with their latest crossover offering – the Arkana – which was recently revealed at the Moscow Motor Show.
Strictly speaking, the Arkana is not exactly a proper coupe by definition, which only has only two doors. Instead, like most SUV-coupes, it has a coupe-esque roofline in order to give it a more stylish design but does sacrifices rear headroom and cargo capacity.
Design wise, the Arkana follow's Renault's current design language of vehicles with the C-shaped full LED headlights. The front bumper looks similar to that of the Megane sedan alebit with larger lower air intakes and a wider grill. Black body cladding runs the length of the vehicle, giving it a more rugged look. At the rear, it sports slim LED taillights which are reminscent of the Megane wagon. The rear bumper features more black cladding and even a twin exit exhaust. 19-inch wheels and a panoramic roof round up the exterior styling.
While Renault does call the Arkana a show car, it is likely this will be the final design of the production model. Those with a keen eye would have noticed the slim side mirrors which could change to larger units for the road going model. Interior images as well as technical and peformance details have yet to be released.
The Arkana is said to be a new 'global model' with sales beginning in Russia in 2019. It will then be offered and manufactured in Asia as well as other regions. It will compete alongside other C-segment crossovers in the market.