The 2023 Renault Arkana gets a mid-life refresh that comes with a series of design tweaks both inside and out, aligning with Renault’s ambitious ‘Renaulution’ strategy. Alongside the aesthetic enhancements, the coupe-SUV also brings a revamped trim-level structure. Set to hit the market later this summer, the upgraded Arkana promises an exciting update to the Renault range.
[2. Exterior Upgrades]
The updated Arkana features a new grille pattern that varies across different trims, giving a refreshed face to the model. LED signature lights have been subtly reworked, and the sporty ‘F1 blade’, which we’ve previously seen on new models like the Clio and Austral, is now incorporated into the Arkana’s design.
The Renault’s new logo makes its debut on the Arkana, leaving the Zoe as the only Renault passenger car yet to sport the updated emblem. The rear of the Arkana also sees a mild revamp with smoked tail-lights and exhaust tips now bearing a darker finish.
[3. Interior Upgrades and Infotainment]
Stepping inside the Arkana, the Evolution trim comes as standard with Renault’s ‘Easy Link’ infotainment system, which includes sat-nav, along with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. While the seven-inch touchscreen retains its size, Renault asserts it ‘now displays information across a larger area’, suggesting a more user-friendly interface.
[4. Trim Levels]
Replacing the outgoing Evolution, Techno, and E-Tech engineered line-up, the revamped Arkana range comprises the Evolution, Techno, and Esprit Alpine trims.
The Techno trim now boasts a body-coloured front ‘F1 blade’ and the alloy wheels previously seen on the sporty R.S. Line. On the other hand, the top-spec Esprit Alpine models feature satin-grey exterior accents, impressive 19-inch wheels, and a rear lip spoiler for that sporty aesthetic.
[5. Powertrain and Availability]
Renault has opted not to reintroduce the mild-hybrid variants of the Arkana in the UK market, although they will still be available in continental Europe. Thus, only one technical spec will be available for UK customers: a 1.6-litre full-hybrid petrol powertrain, producing 143bhp, mated to an automatic gearbox.
The 2023 Renault Arkana is expected to arrive in dealerships by early September. While there is no official statement regarding pricing yet, the enhancements to the specifications suggest a potential slight increase, with the starting price estimated to be around £30,000.