Renault Arkana may come to India, rival Hyundai Creta: Here's why

Renault Arkana may come to India, rival Hyundai Creta: Here’s why

French carmaker Renault has revealed a teaser image of the new Arkana crossover SUV ahead of its unveiling at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show next week. The new Renault Arkana is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta-rivalling Captur crossover SUV.

Renault Arkana Crossover Suv Teaser 2

Renault released a teaser image of the Arkana SUV showing off a section of the tailgate with the name of the new SUV. This Arkana SUV derives its name from ‘Arcanum’, the Latin word for ‘secret’. Renault claims that the concept of the Arkana is “associated with mystery, attractiveness and pioneer spirit”.

Renault had earlier released another teaser image showing off the silhouette of the Arkana’s front end. The Arkana from the front looks to be a sportier version of the Capur and features a more aggressive design. The Arkana is also expected to feature a more coupe-ish roofline, which could cut headroom at the rear.

The new Renault Arkana will initially be built for the Russian market in 2019 from the carmaker’s facility in Moscow, but will later find its way to more markets. India could be a target for the new coupe-SUV, which is built on the same Renault-Nissan alliance B0 platform that underpins the Captur in India.

Renault Arkana Crossover Suv

Considering the rather slow sales of the Captur, Renault could bring the Arkana into India as a more credible rival for the Hyundai Creta. The Arkana could replace the Captur in India, but Renault may be more likely to sell it alongside the Captur in a bid to avoid customers going the Creta way and give them two options with the French carmaker’s badge instead of only one.

If it does make it to India, the new Renault Arkana is expected to make use of Renault’s 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 109 Bhp and 248 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission in the Captur. When the engine arrives with the Arkana, it could be offered with the same gearbox alongside an automatic gearbox which will soon be offered by Renault for the Captur in India. A petrol engine option may be on the cards as well.

The Arkana will go into production in 2019 for the Russian market and could make its way into India by the end of the year. When it does enter the Indian market, it will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Tata Harrier & Hexa, Nissan’s upcoming Kicks SUV, the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass.