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Arkana matata: Renault’s made a BMW X4 rival

Meet the Renault Arkana. Because the coupe-crossover ain’t no passing craze

Published: 23 Sep 2020
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Ten years ago, Renault sold something called a Laguna Coupe. It was genuinely quite pretty – like an Aldi-middle-aisle DB9 – and came with a V6 engine. It sold… disappointingly.

You can’t even get a regular Laguna anymore, never mind a coupe, all thanks to the literal and metaphorical rise of the crossover. Therefore the nearest thing we get to that Smart Price Aston now is this, the Arkana.

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Russians have been able to buy it for a little while now, but the Arkana has arrived in the Pride Lands of Western Europe. And in its own special tune, too.

They’ll all be electrified to some level – using either a mild-hybrid 1.3-litre petrol setup or a 1.6-litre full-hybrid using Renault’s clever, F1-inspired E-Tech, um, tech. Both produce the same 138bhp peak, oddly enough, but we suspect the latter will be much cleaner. And a bit pricier.

There will be RS Line versions that give off the visual aesthetic of a Renault Sport model, and inside there’s a vast array of connectivity displayed through a 10in TFT instrument cluster and a 9.3in touchscreen.

Size-wise, the Arkana is a little longer than a Renault Megane, while a smidge shorter than the BMW X4 it effectively rivals. A problem-free philosophy?

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