In Russia, they have long been waiting for the New Renault Arkan 2019-2020, as evidence is the data of an official dealer - the first 100 cars were bought within 3 hours from the start of sales. Have Russian drivers hurried up? The review describes all the features of the acclaimed crossover, and also lists the configuration and prices.
Renault was able to surprise car owners with an original design for this segment. LED optics with an original form that adorns the frowning front of the body immediately catches your eye. The profile reports high aerodynamic performance of the car. The sophisticated rear and sloping roof create the image of a futuristic crossover.
This type of design is now popular with car manufacturers, but Renault managed to make a harmonious appearance, which is noticeable in the photo of the new model. The catchy design became one of the factors of Arkana popularity even before the start of sales in Russia. The novelty managed to avoid the main problem of modern coupe crossovers - an excessively heavy stern.
Dry numbers in mm:
- length - 4545;
- wheelbase - 2721;
- width with mirrors - 2063;
- height - 1565;
- front wheel track - 1591;
- track of back wheels - 1586;
- clearance - 208/205.
The manufacturer managed to reach a wide audience of potential buyers - drivers of budget and premium cars plan to transfer to Arkana. With a cost of a million rubles, it will be difficult to find the same bright crossover. The standard equipment includes all-LED optics and 17-inch alloy wheels.
After studying the appearance, there is a feeling that the driver expects a salon corresponding to a premium car. But in fact, Arkana meets the buyer with simple materials and a modest dashboard. The first association is Renault Duster. Interesting details will help to close your eyes to hard plastic:
- steering wheel, covered with quality leather;
- climate unit equipped with large displays;
- conveniently located controls;
- high indicator of information content of the dashboard.
The pilot's seat offers complete comfort, Arkana landing wins over Duster and Kaptur. But tall drivers may not appreciate the size of the car - the length of the cushion and the departure of the steering wheel could be longer. The seat itself is noticeably better than the early Renault cars. You will have to get used to the rear mirror because of the body design, side mirrors demonstrate excellent visibility.
Despite the increased wheelbase, legroom for passengers is not enough. Especially for men with a large physique. A positive aspect was the transmission tunnel with a small size. In the top trim levels there are seat heating, a folding armrest and spacious pockets in the backs of the seats. Charging stations for the rear passengers are only installed in the Style package.
The luggage compartment for the Arcana with front-wheel drive has a volume of 508 liters, owners of all-wheel drive cars will have at their disposal 409 liters. If necessary, oversized cargo can be transported due to a folding sofa. The trunk is equipped with a backlight, plugs are installed on the tanks.
Options and prices
For Russian drivers, four trim levels are offered:
- Life - from 999 thousand rubles, front-wheel drive. 1.6-liter gasoline engine, 5-speed manual or CVT X-Tronic. In the basic kit there are air conditioning, ESP + HSA. The steering wheel is adjustable for reach and height. Of the features it is worth highlighting the rear LED Edge Light optics and front Full LED lights equipped with Pure Vision technology.
- Drive - from 1.1 million rubles. In the front-wheel drive version it is equipped with a 6-speed manual and a 1.6-liter engine, in all-wheel drive - with a 1.3-liter engine TCe CVT X-Tronic. There are light and rain sensors, a engine start button, rear parking sensors, a Welcome / Goodbye car access system. Important additions include cruise control and heated front seats.
- Style - from 1.2 million rubles. Four-wheel drive with the installation of TCe CVT X-Tronic. The filling corresponds to the name - the wheels are decorated with 17-inch alloy wheels with diamond grinding effect. Fog lights and a rear camera help ensure high security. In Style, there is a heated steering wheel, washer nozzles and windshield. Combined upholstery is highlighted in the interior. The main "trick" of the top configurations is Easy Link multimedia with an 8-inch display that supports Apple CarPlay, Android and Yandex Auto.
- Edition One - 1.4 million rubles, all available installations. To the above options, a Bose audio system is added, it includes 8 speakers, a powerful subwoofer and amplifier. An all-round camera and a blind spot monitoring system will help to fully control the situation.
Now two power units are available for order. In more expensive trim levels, the crossover comes with an in-line turbocharged gasoline engine and direct fuel injection. Despite the modest displacement of 1.3 liters, the engine produces 150 horses at 5250 rpm, while the torque is 250 Nm. The crossover gets to the mark of 100 km / h in 10.5 seconds, the technical specifications are similar to Renault Duster.
The second power unit is a 1.6 liter gasoline engine with 114 horsepower. Up to a hundred, a car equipped with a 1.6-liter engine will accelerate in 15 seconds. It is worth considering that for 100 thousand rubles a 1.3-liter engine can be installed in the Drive package.
- There are 4 gearboxes to choose from:
- 5-speed manual;
- stepless gearbox with simulated 6-speed automatic gearbox;
- 6-speed manual;
- stepless with imitation 7AKP.
The car’s cross-country ability is quite high, as for the “crossover coupe” category. Large ground clearance of 205 mm and good exit angles make it possible to overcome small obstacles even in front-wheel drive. But in slippery areas, the driver must activate all the capabilities of a 4x4 transmission. There is also a lock of the interaxle clutch.
Arkana also shows excellent performance on beaten roads thanks to the B0 + platform. Even at high speed, tosses, pits and waves are drowned out by the suspension. Crossover shock absorbers are adapted for off-road driving. The electric power steering wheel drowns out all blows from defects of a paving. You can verify this by examining the video with a test drive.
There is a sticker on the gas tank flap, which indicates that Arkan should be refueled with 98th or 95th fuel. But in reality, the car also rides excellently on the 92nd, as the developers claim.
You can buy a new Renault Arkana without leaving your home, the dealer will deliver the crossover right under the door. For those who do not want to buy an expensive car blindly, it will soon be possible to buy Arkana in the cabin.
At the time of July 30, the car is available in four trim levels, previously only three options were announced. In the future, it is planned to add new color schemes for the body. At the moment - this is the latest news about the sensational novelty.
One of the main rivals of Reno Arkana became Japanese Nissan Qashqai. In the latest update, the car received a more striking design and a modified multimedia system. The main advantage is the updated suspension, which shows excellent results on Russian roads. Qashqai loses in price, the cheapest build will cost 1.3 million, while the car will come with a 1.2-liter engine for 115 horses.
Arkana also competes with its colleagues in the workshop, for example, with Renault Kaptur. It will cost Russian drivers cheaper than the new coupe crossover. Starting equipment can be purchased for 944 thousand rubles, the power plant will be the same as that of Arkana. At the same time, in the top assemblies Kaptur can be equipped with a 2-liter aspirated, for the Arcana it is not provided at all.
Do not forget about Renault Duster, which is firmly entrenched in the Russian market. The main advantage over the new product is the optimal combination of practicality, cost and, most importantly, cross-country ability. Duster, unlike the Arcana, can offer a diesel power plant. The diesel engine has a price tag of 1 million, and the basic assembly with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine can be purchased for 700 thousand.
Another competitor is Mitsubishi ASX. The car is in a higher category, and the price for it starts from 1.2 million rubles. For 1.5 million, you can already take all-wheel drive with a 150-horsepower 2-liter gasoline engine. The off-road potential of the ASX is higher than that of the Arkana. But the Japanese miscalculated that there was no separate equipment for the Russian market. Another disadvantage is the lack of restyling, so now the model is considered obsolete.
Not much time has passed since the start of sales, but the first reviews of the owners have already appeared. Motorists note excellent handling characteristics on the road, especially emit electric power steering. The dynamics also pleased - the new coupe-crossover feels superior to cars with 2-liter engines.
Owners point to hard plastic in the cabin, the rest of the interior is at a high level. Excellent sound insulation and “omnivorous” suspension create a feeling of soft and comfortable ride, regardless of the road surface. In terms of technology, Arkana is superior to the older brothers in the workshop. Time will tell how the innovative 1.3-liter aspirated behaves, but for now there are practically no complaints about the Renault Arkana, considering how much the novelty costs.