Renault has added a second vehicle in the compact SUV/crossover segment with the Arkana, a coupe-styled SUV that is built in South Korea.
The Arkana is the first compact vehicle from the Renault-Nissan alliance to be built on the CMF-B platform rather than CMF-C/D architecture. For the Arkana, Renault stretched the wheelbase by 81 mm (3.2 inches) compared with the Captur small SUV, to 2720 mm.
Renault says the smaller platform boosts the agility of the Arkana, which also has a newer electronic architecture, allowing for more sophisticated driving assistance and connectivity.
The automaker says the Arkana is the first mass-market coupe-styled SUV in Europe, although the Toyota C-HR has a similar profile, and the new Citroen C4, while classified as a compact hatchback, has a raised driving position and beltline. BMW was a pioneer of the body style with the large X6 and midsize X4, and Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer their own interpretations, as will Volvo, with the forthcoming C40 coupe-styled compact SUV.
The Arkana will be sold in 23 European countries, including the UK.