2021 Renault Arkana Coupe SUV: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
September 28, 2020

The Renault Arkana is an all-new SUV with coupe-like styling that’s set to go on sale in the UK in 2021. Read on for full details.

  • Coupe-like styling
  • Hybrid and mild-hybrid engines
  • Available in 7 colours
  • Optional R.S. Line trim
  • On sale in 2021
  • Expected price from £26,000

The new Renault Arkana will be available with petrol engines and two hybrid options when it goes on sale in 2021.

The new Arkana borrows design cues from the Megane hatchback and Captur SUV. 

2021 Renault Arkana design

The Renault Arkana attempts to combine sleek design with the added benefit of the raised ride height of an SUV. The Arkana’s sloping rear roofline and relatively small side windows make it looks more rakish than your average SUV – especially from the side – while the front and rear skid plates and chunky black wheel arch protectors make sure it looks tougher than a standard family hatchback.

The front grille features a large Renault logo in the centre and is flanked by a set of C-shaped LED headlights – similar to those you get on the new Renault Captur and Renault Megane. This theme is carried through to the rear where you’ll spot further C-shaped lighting with a strip that extends over the whole width of the tailgate.

Sportier R.S. Line models get these dual chrome exhaust tips. 

The all-new Arkana will be available in R.S. Line trim which includes red inserts and Shadow-Tinted wheels that are unique to this model. An R.S. Line badge is added to the wing trims while the rear sports a chromed dual exhaust and a darker skid plate.

Customers will be able to pick from seven body colours: Opaque White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Grey, Zanzibar Blue, Fire Red and Valencia Orange (exclusive to the R.S. Line version). An optional black roof and three choices of 17- and 18-inch wheels will also be available.

Red trim comes as standard in R.S. Line models. 

2021 Renault Arkana interior

The Renault Arkana’s interior is laid out in a similar way to the cabins in the Renault Zoe and Clio. There’s a pronounced centre console with three heating and ventilation controls ahead of the gear selector, and a digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel. This screen measures 4.2, 7.0 or 10.2 inches, depending on which model you pick, and is joined by a 7.0- or 9.3-inch central touchscreen.

Top-spec cars get 10.2- and 9.3-inch screens. 

Separating R.S. Line models from the standard car is a carbon-finish dashboard and door lining, a red trim running along the top of the dashboard and a black roof. Further upgrades include red stitching on the leather steering wheel as well as the leather and suede-effect upholstery and a red strip on the seat belts. The Renault Arkana has 513-litres of boot space, though in hybrid models this drops to 438-litres, due to the extra space required for the battery.

The Arkana will come with a choice of three petrol engines. 

2021 Renault Arkana engine

The Renault Arkana will offer buyers three engine options; a 1.6-litre petrol hybrid engine as well as two 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines – one of which is combined with a mild-hybrid system. This doesn’t mean the car can drive using electric power alone, but a small electric motor is fitted to assist the petrol engine and help reduce fuel consumption.

1.6-litre hybrid models come with an automatic gearbox as standard. 

The 1.6-litre hybrid combines a petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors, giving the car a total of 140hp. Renault says this E-TECH hybrid drive system can provide up to 80 per cent of city driving time with all-electric power, which will reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent over a combustion engine in an urban setting. The 1.3-litre petrol engine produces 140hp as standard and 160hp in mild-hybrid form.

The Renault Arkana will go on sale in July 2021. 

2021 Renault Arkana price and release date

The All-New Renault Arkana will be available to order from July 2021, with first deliveries in September 2021. Prices are still to be confirmed though you can expect it to start from around £26,000, keeping it in line with similar cars.

If you can’t wait for the new Renault Arkana, compare out the latest Renault offers or check out the best SUVs on sale now. 

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