Renault’s SUV-coupe may come to India as a CBU import.
A couple of pictures have emerged of the coupe-styled Renault Arkana SUV being pushed round in India. Renault has used the Arkana top-hat on two platforms – the newer CMF-B for just a few European markets in addition to the older BO platform utilized by the Indian Captur and Duster. The mannequin seen right here is underpinned by the CMF-B platform, indicative from the e-tech hybrid badge on the rear.
Will Renault launch the Arkana in India?
Renault has up to now not spoken about Arkana for India, although the carmaker is known to be evaluating its world SUV for a launch within the nation. The SUV seen may doubtlessly be a take a look at automotive imported by the producer to review the SUV’s efficiency parameters underneath Indian driving circumstances in addition to getting used to check the platform.
If the Arkana does arrive in India, we’re prone to obtain the European CMF-B platform-based mannequin over the B0-based spinoff. Renault may eye the fashionable CMF-B platform as a extra appropriate choice reasonably than reviving the older B0 platform. The lacklustre interiors and its older tech was one of many causes the B0 primarily based Captur failed in India and Renault shall be cautious of taking place the identical path with one other B0 derived SUV.
Globally, the carmaker has been shifting its line-up onto the modular CMF platform with even the upcoming third-gen Duster set to take a seat on the CMF-B platform in European markets.
Renault might be trying to import its SUV to India as a CBU and is known to at the moment be focusing its manufacturing efforts on sustaining sustained minimal volumes from its present portfolio, due to this fact, going sluggish on investing in new product traces.
Importing the automobile as a CBU wouldn’t have an effect on the carmaker’s manufacturing operations and the carmaker may doubtlessly justify the Arkana’s value with its upmarket interiors and expertise. It could additionally allow the corporate to maintain some market buzz within the face of what is going to be a really quiet 12 months, or two, with no new regionally produced fashions scheduled for launch.
What’s the Arkana like?
The Arkana carries ahead quite a lot of the design components from the Captur, however there are various particulars, just like the prolonged C-Formed LED headlamps, that at the moment are seen on newer Renault fashions abroad. The defining ingredient of the Arkana is its sloping roofline that merges with the boot to present the SUV a high-riding notchback look. The SUV-coupe stance additionally provides the Arkana a distinction inside Renault’s personal SUV line-up.
The Renault Arkana is powered by two petrol-hybrid engine choices, with the entry-level being a mild-hybrid 138hp, 1.3-litre turbo-petrol. The mannequin seen in India has the E-tech branding, which confirms it will get Renault’s self-charging E-Tech system that consists of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, two electrical motors (an e-motor and a high-voltage starter generator) and a novel multi-mode clutch-less dogbox transmission.
In accordance with Renault, autos outfitted with this method will begin in EV mode at all times – the E-Tech hybrid is alleged to offer as much as 80 p.c of metropolis driving time with all-electric energy. This helps scale back CO2 emissions and gas consumption by as much as 40 p.c over a standard combustion engine in city driving.
Additionally, the model seen in India is the RS-line variant that will get sportier accents on the skin and pretend carbon fibre bits on the dashboard. The sprint itself appears fairly acquainted, because the design resembles Renault-Nissan’s merchandise bought in India.
Nonetheless, the infotainment system on the Arkana is a vertically oriented 9.3-inch unit that’s loaded with options like parking and security driver-assistance methods, which incorporates Freeway and Visitors Jam Companion semi-autonomous system, Security Lively emergency braking system, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and lane guard system, 360-degree digicam and extra. The SUV additionally will get a completely digital instrument cluster and a Bose sound system, amongst others.