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Renault wants to compete against RAV4, CR-V with the Arkana

Renault wants to compete against RAV4, CR-V with the Arkana image

Marcus De Guzman / Renault | August 23, 2018 14:03

Renault's new C-segment crossover fighter to be called 'Arkana'

An all-new crossover from Renault will soon be making its way to the open road.

Say hello to the 2019 Renault Arkana, or at least the teaser of it. It will serve as the brand's C-segment crossover and will be built at the company's Moscow plant.

With a name derived from the Latin word 'Arcanum' (translates as secret), it was used for centuries to mark significant events and other rare occurences. According to Renault, the soon-to-be-revealed Arkana will feature a unique styling and will be associated with mystery and attractiveness.

Based on the teaser photo, the Arkana will come with a stylish tailgate along with what appears to be LED taillights reminscent of the D-segment Talisman. Billed by the company to 'break the mold of the SUV market', the Arkana will most likely feature a coupe-inspired design akin to modern crossover of today.

Renault Arkana

Photos of the Arkana's front fascia have not yet been released. However, the company did release a teaser render of the Arkana's front end a few months ago. From the looks of things, the Arkana's face will look similar to that of the all-new Megane RS. However, unlike the hot hatch, the Arkana will come with a more stylish front grill and bumper.

Exact details regarding the Arkana's technical specifications still remain a mystery. However, it will supposedly be using a modified Captur platform. As for engine choices, it will most likely be available with a wide variety of gasoline- and diesel-powered engines. Transmission options, on the other hand, could come in the form of a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Given that it will be a global C-segment crossover, the Arkana will be competing against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4.

The all-new Renault Arkana will officially be revealed on August 29 at the 2018 Moscow International Auto Show.