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New Renault Arkana revealed with full and mild hybrid engines

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Renault has announced that the all-new Arkana SUV, which will go on sale across the UK from 2021, will have both full hybrid and mild hybrid engines.  

It will combine a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TCe petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology, while the full hybrid powertrain will pair a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors for a total power output of 140hp.

The new model will be built on the Alliance’s CMF-B modular platform which underpins new Clio and Captur.

Following on from other E-Tech models, it will also feature a smart multi-mode clutchless gearbox.

The system utilises F1-inspired technology, which Renault says gives a smooth gear shift and provides greater energy efficiency.

Incorporating the energy management modes, also developed by Renault F1, the E-Tech hybrid technology enables the vehicle to start in all-electric drive.

Renault says that the E-Tech hybrid powertrain can provide up to 80% of city driving time with all-electric power, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40% over a combustion engine in urban driving.

Technology

The Arkana also features the latest connected technologies as well as a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

A digital dashboard features a 4.2, 7 or 10-inch Driver Information Display (dependent on the model). There is also a 7-inch horizontal or 9.3-inch portrait Easy Link touchscreen infotainment display oriented towards the driver.

The centre console features a wireless smartphone charging system and an electric automatic parking brake with auto-hold option, as standard.

There are also four USB plugs (two at the front, two at the rear) for powering electronic devices and providing connectivity for all passengers.

With Renault Easy Connect, the Arkana is able to access a number of services through the MY Renault app and the Easy Link multimedia system.

It features continuous 4G connectivity and additional services offered by partners such as Google (address finder) and TomTom (real-time traffic information).

From remote vehicle control to real-time traffic information, including door-to-door navigation with the destination information sent to the car, vehicle location and remote door control, all systems aim to offer a unique connected experience, both inside the vehicle and outside, via the driver’s smartphone, says Renault.

The Renault Easy Link multimedia system and onboard mapping also provide automatic and regular updates thanks to ‘Over the Air’ technology.

The Renault Easy Link multimedia system will be available in three configurations, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; with 7-inch screen, 7-inch screen with sat nav or 9.3-inch screen with sat nav. Users can create profiles and customise certain screens using widgets.

The Arkana will be available with a selection of systems including Motorway & Traffic Jam Companion, Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go), Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

Interior

Despite the coupé-like body shape, the Arkana’s boot has a load capacity of 513 litres and features a raised floor and seats which can be folded completely flat.

Meanwhile the front of the cabin offers a large amount of storage space, including a storage net on the passenger side with door pockets each large enough to hold 1.5-litre bottles.

The Renault Arkana will be available to order from July 2021, with first deliveries in September 2021. Prices and detailed specifications, including emissions, to be confirmed.

Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live 2020: The virtual fleet expo

Video: Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers and events director Chris Lester introduce the 2020 virtual event and give a preview of what it will look like.

The annual event was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 6-7 but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the visitor advisory board, Fleet News has taken the decision to hold an online event in November instead.

Among the exclusive features at the virtual event will be a special EV & Hybrid Showroom which will bring to life the latest electric models with interactive displays that will enable you to get up close to the UK’s best fleet suppliers.

Visitors and exhibitors will be able to communicate through live chat, participate in live Q&As, ‘visit’ branded booths, and find out about industry-leading technology solutions.

The decision to go virtual was made easier by the fact that around 40% of fleets already have, or expect to shortly have, a company travel ban that would prevent them from attending live events this year, while a similar proportion did not anticipate attending live events until sometime in 2021.

 

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