Renault Arkana Study Previews Poor Man’s X4, Is Not For Europe

Renault will become one of the first mainstream car manufacturers to have a coupe-SUV in its lineup once the Arkana show car you see here morphs into a production model next year.

For now, however, the vehicle is billed as a concept car — although it’s plain to see we’re dealing with a pre-production prototype. Renault says the Arkana is a fusion “between the elegance of a saloon and the sturdiness of an SUV,” and we have to admit it doesn’t look half bad.

The concept car previews a new C-segment crossover that will be sold globally after its introduction to Russia in 2019. However, Renault points out that the Arkana won’t go on sale in Europe.

Styling-wise, the Renault Arkana show car sports rugged traits such as the high ground clearance and wide wheel arches filled with 19-inch alloys. However, it also looks elegant thanks to details including the high waistline and sloping coupé-like roofline, not to mention the side chrome detailing and panoramic glass roof.

Seen from the side, it looks more like a jacked-up sedan than a coupe crossover. The Arkana also incorporates specific Renault design cues such as the C-shaped headlights, the strip that unites the taillights, and the corporate grille.

Following its launch in Russia in 2019, the Renault Arkana will be produced and marketed in different countries throughout the world, including in Asia and other regions. However, there are no plans for it to be sold in Europe.

Renault has chosen the Moscow Auto Show as a venue for the Arkana’s world debut because the automaker claimed almost one-third of the Russian market in 2017, with 448,270 vehicles (28 percent market share). Russia is also Groupe Renault’s number two market worldwide and is set to become the company’s leading market by 2022.

Furthermore, the idea for the Arkana apparently came from Russia, and the project was conducted with the strong involvement of Renault Russia teams. No technical details are available for now but given that the new model will be built at the same Moscow plant where the Renault Kaptur is made, chances are it shares underpinnings with the AWD crossover.


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  • Dude

    Wow… that looks really really stupid. This is by far the worst incarnation of the “SUV coupe”. I actually like the styling of modern Renaults but this body is just bad. Get rid of the lift and it’d be a good spiritual successor to the Honda Crosstour.

  • zebda

    Best looking today’s Renault. Finally this ugly front end looks good on car.

    • Matt

      So you think it looks better than the Megane RS?

      • zebda

        That’s what I think. In Megane case, front end and lights look like a little too big. From some angles, the front looks strange. Like it’s from a huge car but glued on to sth to small. There are some problems with proportions.
        There are some great details in this car. Love the DRL/fog lights. But in general, there is sth missing.

  • Christian

    If the price was around what a Kadjar cost, It would sell like cupcake in the morden Europe!

  • fabri99

    I actually don’t hate it. I still think SUV-Coupes are dumb, but at least this doesn’t look so unpleasant. Can’t say the same for the germans.

    • Agreed.

      Other than vanity (not judging) and profit I don’t see the practical proposition for SUV coupes. At least an SUV has bigger boot space, these take that away.

      But then again this is what the people want so the people shall receive.

  • salamOOn

    “Poor Man’s X4”

    hmmm, it looks better than x4, and i think it would be more reliable than x4…

  • driv3r

    I’ve never been a fan of Renault but actually they got this design of a SUV-coupé pretty spot on with their new design language.
    I can’t see why they seem to have chosen not to sell it in Central/Western Europe as it would be an attractive addition to the portfolio and would even enhance brand image. Moreover they would also be one of the very first mainstream manufacturers (and quite ahead of any PSA, VW or Toyota rival) to hit the market with an SUV-coupé.

    • erly5

      Would you not consider the Toyota C-HR to be an SUV/Crossover coupe?

      • Mike Gonzalez

        that’s the best looking SUV coupe out here by far
        I would definitely consider buying one if it had more power

  • uS’gedlemba

    This thing would actually hold it’s own; it literally is better looking
    and proportioned than all other SUV coupe’s except the X6. It’s a pity
    they won’t sell it in all their markets not that I’m a fan of SUV coupes.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks good. would like to see interior shots

  • All SUV coupes are dumb and ugly, but this is the best looking of the lot.

  • Hoe

    Renault teaching a lesson to weird SUV coupés by MB, BMW and the worst of all, Audi Q8.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Widely beats the BMW in terms of ugliness.

  • Toronado_II

    When I see this kind of vehicle, I always think AMC Eagle.

  • erly5

    Mazda know how to design a stylish SUV Coupe. Just look at the CX-4. Pity it’s not sold in Europe.

  • Ary Wisesa

    BMW was right all along. They re-invented the body style, and it has grown more popular nowadays.

  • sidewaysspin

    Looks better than the X4.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Another car no sense . Many car makers are no longer producing coupes, even if in the history of the car, they have seen some beautiful ones. The coupe disappears but these uncomfortable, ugly and senseless cars appear as a nightmare… So I wonder: Why?

    • Nordschleife

      It really is room for all vehicles. I like coupè too but I like these as well. It’s choices.

  • Mcan

    Looks like a Tesla Model X badged as a Renault

  • Matthew Boyd

    Stubby little thing, but pretty cool looking.

  • Zimny Pawel

    I would say Renault Arcana looks better than poor looking Bmw X4…… 🙂

  • Julien Lachemoi

    Well I’ll be damned because I think it does look good !

  • no25

    this is how i see sedans transforming in the near future since crossovers are what everyone wants. i dont find this to look very crossover coupe like – more lifted sedan like.

    • My thoughts exactly,

      Sedans are on their way back, this time though they’ll ride higher.

  • Auto

    Oh. Renault copied BMW.

  • Nice!
    Sorry, Europe, but the Arkana is only for Mexico and other countries.

  • Nordschleife

    I disagree.

  • Nordschleife

    Why does liking this style of vehicle constitutes vanity or some negative connotations? Everyone doesn’t need a practical vehicle. Sports cars aren’t practical but their fast so they get a pass. As long as all vehicles exist then I am good.

  • This trend of taking the Utility out of SUVs shoudn’t be allowed. Just for our eyes.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Not a fan, I prefer the offerings from Mercedes and BMW. That being said, this design has so much potential to be sexy.

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