COUPE FEVER - Renault Arkana Concept

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Renault today revealed its striking new Arkana Concept at the 2018 Moscow International Motor Show.

The crossover features a coupe-like silhouette riding on huge wheels - much like the BMW X6 - and will likely be positioned between the Captur and the Kadjar in Renault's SUV line-up.

Renault says that the name Arkana is derived from Latin Arcanum which means 'Secret', and was used for centuries to mark events and phenomena of special significance. The company also says that the name Arkana underlines the uniqueness of the future crossover and its incredible magnetism and the model is associated with mystery, attractiveness and pioneer spirit.

The French automaker didn't release any technical information or interior shots, but it’s widely expected to ride on the same platform as the Kadjar and share its powertrains too.

“The Arkana show car is a distinctive coupé-crossover, striking balance between the elegance of a saloon and the powerful stance of an SUV. We have dialled in specific Renault cues, with a strong design, strength and sensuality with a French touch,” said Laurens van den Acker, senior vice president for corporate design at Groupe Renault.

The idea for the Arkana apparently came from Russia, with Russia being Renault’s second largest market worldwide, and is set to become the company’s leading market by 2022. Because of this, the Arkana will be built in Moscow, with Russia being the first country to market the crossover, before it reaches other Eastern markets shortly thereafter. However, Renault Russia has pointed out that the sporty SUV will not be sold in Europe, meaning it will be very unlikely that Renault South Africa will introduce it locally.

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