Coupe-SUV gets an official name ahead of its launch later this month.
Renault has given its upcoming coupe-styled SUV a name, and released a single image of the car ahead of its Moscow motor show launch.
Although it’s been snapped previously, with shadowy teasers and camouflaged testers popping up from time-to-time, this is the first official confirmation of the Arkana name – derived from the Latin word for secret, apparently – and our first uncovered look at the car’s rear end.
With horizontal taillights linked by a red reflector in the middle there’s more than just a hint of Megane about the look. Although it’s tough to tell, the sloping tailgate appears to have a lip or spoiler of some kind above the badge, made popular by the BMW X6 and X4.
We’d suggest there’ll be more than a pinch of BMW X4 in the shape, for what it’s worth. As a C-segment SUV, the car will go head-to-head with the Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross when it launches – not the BMW X4, or even the X2.
Up front, the chunky badge is similar to that of the Captur, while the grille itself borrows from the dual-cab Alaskan ute. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re both big-car touches working to make a small car look tough.
Built on the same platform as the Renault Captur and Dacia Duster, the Arkana is aimed squarely at the Russian market. Production, along with the launch, will take place in Moscow.
At the moment, Renault Australia is pushing hard to get the Kadjar, but pricing and supply issues have made it tough. There’s no word on whether the Arkana will be offered to global markets at this point, but stay tuned for more details ahead of the car’s August 29 launch.
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