A few days ago Renault Arkana was spotted testing for the first time in India. Since Renault India has confirmed that they have discontinued the production of their Duster. So this seems to be the right time for another SUV right into the Indian market. Since Renault Arkana is a well-selling vehicle globally, it can actually be in India so.
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The global model of Renault Arkana is available in two engine options namely with a Mild hybrid Petrol engine known as TCe mild-hybrid 140 Auto EDC and a fully Hybrid 1.6L E-TECH Hybrid 145 Auto engine.
The mild-hybrid petrol engine is 1333cc in capacity and Four-wheel drive system along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox system. The engine is capable of producing 138hp of power along with a torque output of 260Nm.
The resulting acceleration is 9.8 seconds from 0-100kmph.
Talking about the fully Hybrid engine which happens to be a 1.6L petrol unit produces 142hp of power along with a torque of 148Nm. The resulting acceleration is 10.8 seconds. The engine is mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission system as well as with a 4 wheel drive system.
The major difference between the two engines is that the Mild Hybrid petrol engine is fitted with a battery of 12V and is only used to assist the engine at the time of acceleration. Therefore reducing the overall fuel consumption. While the Fully Hybrid petrol engine can make the car be driven only on electric energy stored in a 1.2kWh battery pack and generated while braking.
Arkana is actually very unique in terms of its exterior design language. With the right blend of SUV and sedan at the time, Arkana happens to be an unrivaled king from the competition. The front look is mated with LED DRLs and projector headlamps while the rear look is all the way unique of its kind and will remind you of some Volvo vehicles. The taillamps happen to the all-LED units that are connected in a curvy way with each other.
The interiors happen to be the standard just like other Renault vehicles but the major difference that the Arkana holds is the extended boot space caused by its sedan design at the rear. The boot size ranges from 480L to 513L depending upon the model selected.
Along with this the major highlight bin the interiors is the infotainment system which is a 9.3-inch vertical panel showing all the necessary information about the E-Tech’s mechanism and also supports all media requirements.
Renault Arkana’s main highlight is of course its E-Tech technology but it may or may not be available in the Indian variant (If it will be there). But the major features will rest the same. The main rivals of the Renault Arkana happen to the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, etc.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from Renault’s official website.