Experience the hybrid Renault Arkana: When success is a matter of style

When a car comes in not just one person but through the eyes of their legion, a manufacturer who is lucky enough to generate it can only benefit from it successfully and the competition has no choice but to abandon reality and hope we get it right next time. This undoubtedly applies to the Renault Arkana, which – at this point without any evaluation – has become Hit Practically in the blink of an eye, mainly thanks to the temptation of its design.

What SUV coupe buildings like the Arkana usually like is, first and foremost, the falling part of the roof that remains. Hardness Lines of this type of vehicles and gives them greater dynamics in visual terms. These designs often have various drawbacks in terms of interior space and cargo capacity, but many are willing to compromise, and in the case of the Renault model, it is true that such drawbacks are minimal compared to some competitors.

Regardless of the shape of the roof, it is not a problem in Arcana to place two adults – better than three – over 1.80 meters in the back seats; In fact, the width of the passenger compartment decreases more than the height of the passenger’s head. In terms of foot space, the 4.57-meter car is what is to be expected: neither too much nor too little, although in the Kadjar, which is shorter, the feeling of space is greater because of its more square shapes.

In these rear seats we find our own ventilation outlets, though there is no temperature control, two USB sockets and a central support with two cup holders. The seats can not slide in length as in other equivalent models, so this method can not be used to expand the cargo space or to redistribute it for passengers, depending on the need of the moment.

In the E-Tech hybrid version we tested in recent days, the boot measures 480 liters (33 less than in the micro-hybrid, its only alternative currently in range) and has very usable shapes, with more height up to the drawer. Rather than the average of its segment as a remarkable feature.

As less successful elements in this regard, one is related to the equipment and the other to the design. The latter is nothing more than a very high load limit, which complicates, for example, the introduction of a loaded basket, and adds to this that when the door is open, the handle is too high for people. Short.

In terms of equipment, we missed a few levers to remove the rear seats from the trunk and hooks to hang the bags, a very common item both days, and which, without further ado, the Kadjar soon replaced in the south.

We have developed an E-Tech version, A complete hybrid, In Arkana’s more sporty finish, called the RS Line, which features sporty discreet distinctive features on the exterior, the most striking of which are the 18-inch wheels with a red brush. More abundant are interior elements, including carbon fiber exterior door trim and dashboard, red trim, specific steering wheel, red stripes on seat belts, and aluminum pedals. The seats are comfortable and fit the body well, have mixed leather shirts, as well as decorated with red details, as dictated by the laws of sports.

At the wheel of the RS Line version

The hybrid Arkana has 143 horsepower, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.8 seconds and reach 80 to 120 km / h – a simulation of a typical overtaking maneuver – in just 9 seconds. These records correspond to the moderate power obtained with the addition of a 94 hp gasoline engine and two electric motors, 36 and 15 kW, with a small 1.2 kWh battery.

It is advisable in a car like this, which seems to require quiet use, to not over-discharge the battery while driving aggressively and sustainably at high speeds, in which case its acceleration capacity will be greatly affected. When used wisely, the Arkana turns off traffic lights, is generally convenient for city traffic, and maintains speed well on highways.

As with most hybrid models, it gives the maximum – in terms of efficiency – when driving in the city, but it was also easy for us to achieve very low consumption with a combination of urban and highway sections: the average was. Located below 5 liters / 100 km, it always prints at the quiet pace we mentioned earlier and it is difficult to exceed 6 liters / 100 km when traveling on the highway.

The mildly hybridized version is much faster than A complete hybrid, Primarily because it is 100 kilograms lighter, changes the support more decisively and rolls less in curves. On the other hand, its consumption can not compete with the consumption of its range sister.

At the end of the RS Line, the starting price of the Arkana E-Tech is € 33,292. However, the model is available with this technology from 28,903 euros, which makes it one of the most affordable options within the increasingly popular SUV coupes. In the micro-hybrid version, 140 hp is sold for 26965 to 31335 euros and there is a more powerful option (158 hp). 32 684 Euros.

Source: El Diario





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