Renault’s sporty-looking new Arkana SUV has been priced for Australia.
Confirmed for Australia last year, the Arkana is the first Renault to be launched since Ateco (the same company that imports Ram utes and Maserati sports cars) took the reins as distributor.
The base Zen and mid-range Intens have touched down in Australia, with the flagship R.S. Line to follow early in 2022.
Unlike the short-lived, Spanish-built Kadjar it ostensibly replaces in the Renault range, the Arkana is built in Korea as part of Renault’s joint venture with Samsung.
That means it’s easier to get to Australia, and can be priced lower.
One engine will be offered, a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 115kW of power and 262Nm of torque.
The Arkana is front-drive only, and there’s a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission standard.
Although the Zen and Intens trim levels will be familiar to Renault buyers, the R.S. Line badge used on the range-topper is new to Australia.
- 2022 Renault Arkana Zen: $33,990
- 2022 Renault Arkana Intens: $37,490
- 2022 Renault Arkana R.S. Line: $40,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Power in the Arkana comes from a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 115kW of power and 262Nm of torque.
It’s front-wheel drive and has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 100km/h takes a claimed 9.1 seconds.
Claimed fuel economy for the Arkana is 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle. It has a 50L fuel tank.
The 2022 Renault Arkana measures up at 4568mm long, 1821mm wide and 1571mm tall, riding on a 2720mm wheelbase.
That makes it 341mm longer than the related Captur, on an 81mm longer wheelbase.
Claimed boot space is 353L with the rear seats in place and the boot floor in its highest position, 485L with the floor lowered, and 1268L with the rear seats folded.
Kerb weights range from 1354kg to 1362kg depending on spec.
The Arkana has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, based on testing carried out in 2019.
It scored 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 75 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 74 per cent for safety assist.
Standard safety equipment in Australia includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Safe distance warning
Moving to the Intens adds rear cross-traffic alert.
The Arkana is backed by a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Maintenance is required every 12 months or 30,000km, and there’s capped-price servicing for five years.
Four of its first five services prices at $399, and one priced at $789, under the Renault capped-price program.
The base Arkana Zen has:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Semi-automatic parking assist
- Front, rear, side parking sensors
- Blind-spot monitoring
- LED headlights
- 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 4.2-inch digital driver’s display
- Heated leather steering wheel
- Black leatherette seat trim
- Climate control
- 17-inch two-tone wheels
Moving to the Arkana Intens brings:
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Auto brake hold
- 9.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation
- 7.0-inch driver display
- Changeable drive modes
- Adjustable ambient lighting
- Leather and suede seat trim
- Heated, ventilated, electrically-adjustable front seats
- 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels
The range-topping Arkana R.S. Line gets:
- Heated, perforated leather steering wheel
- Frameless auto-dimming interior mirror
- Wireless phone charging
- Red interior stitching
- Carbon-style interior trim
- Unique R.S. Line exterior
- 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with red accents