New 2021 Renault Arkana E-TECH hybrid: specs, prices and on-sale date
The new Renault Captur-based coupe-SUV is available with either a mild hybrid or full hybrid powertrain
Although the Arkana sits on the same mechanical platform as the Renault Captur, unlike that model, it isn’t offered with plug-in hybrid power. However, all versions of the Arkana are available with either a mild-hybrid or full-hybrid powertrain.
The mild-hybrid Arkana uses a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine producing 138bhp for a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds. It can achieve up to 48.7mpg fuel economy depending on trim level.
The full-hybrid powertrain uses similar technology to the Renault Clio E-TECH, with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a pair of electric motors combining to make 143bhp. The full-hybrid Arkana is slower, however, with a 0-62mph of 10.8 seconds, but it should be able to return up to 57.6mpg economy.
Like the Clio E-TECH, the Arkana features a sophisticated clutchless gearbox, which Renault says is inspired by Formula 1 technology; the company claims the system can run in electric mode for around 80% of the time at typical urban driving speeds, and our time driving the Clio E-TECH suggests this is a realistic number.
You can order the Arkana online now, in one of three trim levels: Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line. Iconic cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 4.2-inch driver’s information display and seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
All Arkana models come as standard with safety features like traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and active emergency braking. But, upgrading to the S Edition trim adds Iconic adds a rear-view camera plus front and rear parking sensors, as well as other safety kit including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The mild-hybrid Arakana Iconic starts at £25,300, or £26,300 for the full hybrid.
S Edition starts at £27,600 in mild-hybrid form, or £28,600 for the full hybrid. This trim builds on the entry-level spec with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 9.3-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver’s information display, adaptive cruise control and a leather steering wheel.
Top-of-the-range Arkana R.S. Line cars get sportier exterior styling, including a new front bumper, R.S. leather and suede heated sports seats, a heated steering wheel and a hands-free parking system. Prices for the R.S. Line start at £29,900 and £30,900 for the mild-hybrid and full-hybrid powertrains respectively.
S Edition and R.S. Line Arkanas are also available with a black roof (£300) or a sunroof (£1,000). There’s also a leather pack (£1,000), winter pack (£250) and parking pack (£350) available, but only with the S Edition trim.
Arkana customers can also choose from seven different colours: Opaque White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Grey, Zanzibar Blue, Fire Red and Valencia Orange (with the latter being exclusive to the R.S. Line).
The Arkana's low-slung coupe roofline does hit practicality and versatility somewhat compared to the boxier Captur and Kadjar SUVs in Renault's range, but a total of 513 litres' boot space is offered nonetheless, complete with rear seats that fold completely flat.
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