Renault Arkana scheduled for Q3 Singapore debut



Renault Arkana coupe-SUV offering set to arrive in Singapore in Q3, and will feature a 1.6-litre hybrid drivetrain


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SINGAPORE

Local Renault distributor Wearnes Automotive has confirmed that the Renault Arkana, a compact crossover coupe-SUV, will be arriving in Singapore in the third quarter of this year, and will be offered with a 1.6-litre hybrid drivetrain locally.

The Arkana, which is also called the Samsung XM3 in South Korea, and Renault Megane Conquest in Eastern Europe, was originally developed solely for the Russian market. But strong demand for SUVs has seen Renault deciding to introduce the Arkana to more countries globally, and Singapore will now be among the beneficiaries of that decision.

While coupe-SUV designs are common among the premium carmakers, as evidenced by the presence of such models as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Audi E-Tron Sportback, the Arkana is probably the first to bring this design trend to the mainstream market here. It features the familiar Renault family look, with the C-shaped LED headlights, and slim rear lamp treatment, but the highlight is arguably the sleek roofline that’s clearly inspired by the genre-pioneering BMW X6.



The Arkana sits on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-B compact car platform, which also underpins the new Captur crossover, and the new offering will sit between the Captur and the Kadjar in Renault’s SUV line-up. Pricing details have not been finalised, but it is likely to fall in between those two models as well, meaning a probable indicative pricing of around S$130,000 or so at current COE prices.



Wearnes has confirmed that the Arkana will be offered here with Renault’s E-Tech Hybrid drivetrain, which combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, a 48hp ‘e-engine’ and a 20hp High-Voltage Starter Generator. Total combined output is rated at 145hp, and Renault says that the hybrid drivetrain works as a ‘series-parallel’ system, prioritising running in all-electric mode unless full power from the engine is required. As a result, Renault claims that the Arkana is able to return a fuel consumption figure of 4.8 litres per 100km.

Spec and equipment have not been finalised for Singapore, but the Arkana’s interior essentially mimics the Captur’s, with the dashboard dominated by the portrait-oriented touchscreen that houses Renault’s Easy Link infotainment and connectivity system. And despite the Arkana’s swoopy looks, Renault claims that the car will offer enough space for passengers in the back, with 862mm of available rear headroom, while boot capacity is rated at 480 litres.


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