Renault has started selling the Arkana coupe SUV in Russia, the only market worldwide that gets the new model — for now, at least.
Available to order from July 5, the Arkana starts at 1,014,990 rubles (approximately $15,900) in base spec. For the money, the entry-level Life grade comes with a 114 PS (113 HP), 1.6-liter naturally aspirated petrol for mated to a five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
Standard features include Pure Vision LED lights, 17-inch alloys, Radio Connect audio system with Bluetooth, power windows, air conditioning and a tilt-and-telescopic steering column.
Customers can also opt for the newer TCe 150 1.3-liter turbocharged engine which offers 150 PS (148 hp) and is paired to an X-Tronic CVT. This version starts at 1,229,990 rubles ($19,300) in 4×2 guise but is also available with AWD for an extra 110,000 rubles ($1,725).
The Renault Arkana is offered in three levels of equipment (Life, Drive, and Style), plus the limited-run Edition One. The latter offers the highest equipment level and costs 1,499,990 rubles ($23,500) in 4×4 guise, and when equipped with the TCe 150 engine also gets the Multi-Sense drive mode selector with three settings (Sport, Eco, MySense) for the engine response, CVT and steering.
Depending on the grade, other available features include 8-inch Easy Link infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Yandex Avto connectivity, Bose premium audio system, and eight-color ambient lighting. Driver assistance systems include all-around cameras, blind spot monitoring system, and more.
The color palette includes seven shades, including two exclusive ones: Red Fusion for the TCe 150, and Tenakuru, a brown-green hue designed specifically for the Arkana.
Built at Renault’s plant in Moscow, the Arkana is said to be perfectly adapted for use in difficult road and weather conditions encountered in various regions of Russia and the CIS thanks to its high ground clearance and suspension travel.