Renault's 2023 Arkana E-Tech Launched in the UK, Costs New Audi Q2 Money

After the official unveiling last month, Renault has now opened the order books for the Arkana in the United Kingdom, announcing how much the E-Tech costs. But what is an Arkana E-Tech? It's the self-charging hybrid version of the brand’s subcompact crossover coupe.
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Available in three trim levels called the Evolution, Techno, and Esprit Alpine, it has an on-the-road starting price of £26,995 (equaling $34,261). The mid-spec and top-of-the-line variants can be had from £28,995 ($36,800) and £31,295 ($39,719), respectively. A brand-new Audi Q2, albeit with a 1-liter engine making 108 hp (110 ps/81 kW), starts at £27,135 ($34,440) in the UK.

Speaking of the firepower, the Arkana E-Tech comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 92 hp (94 ps/69 kW), assisted by a pair of electric motors, including the high-voltage starter generator. It has a combined output of 143 hp (145 ps/107 kW) and features a multi-mode clutch-less gearbox and a 1.2 kWh battery. Renault says it can run on electric power for up to 80% in the city, emitting as low as 105 g/km of CO2.

Equipment-wise, the most affordable version of the subcompact crossover coupe has LED front lights, dusk-sensing clusters, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloys, electrically adjustable side mirrors, and tinted rear windows. It also comes with a 7-inch infotainment system, an equally-sized digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, and a hands-free keycard. Active emergency braking, lane departure warning, hill-start assist, cruise control, traffic sign recognition, reversing camera, and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Building on the Evolution, the Techno, aka the mid-spec grade, brings more gear, like the 18-inch alloys, extra tinted windows, and an aerodynamic chin spoiler. It features faux leather upholstery, a black headliner, ambient lighting with eight colors, a foldable rear armrest with cupholders, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 9.3-inch infotainment, and 10-inch digital dials. The front parking sensors, auto-hold function on the electronic parking brake, and rear-cross traffic alert join the list of standard features.

Sitting at the top of the range is the Esprit Alpine, with its unique 19-inch wheels, different spoiler up front, dual exhaust tips at the rear, special detailing, and black exterior trim. The color options comprise two different hues of white and as many reds, black, gray, and a new shade called Midnight Blue. Different artificial leather can be found in the cabin, alongside the suede upholstery, and it also gets a heated steering wheel and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror. The adaptive cruise control with stop & go completes the offering.

Renault's 2023 Arkana E-Tech is already available to order in the UK, and the French automaker hasn't said when customers will take delivery. However, we reckon they will start shipping the first copies soon after placing the order.
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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