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Renault is preparing a cross-coupe larger than Arkana: the first images and video

The French automaker published on its official YouTube channel a video dedicated to the new product – the D-class cross-coupe, which will surpass the Arkana familiar to the Russians in size and equipment level and will receive a hybrid power plant. The model was named Rafale in honor of the French aircraft – its connection with the upcoming crossover is also reflected in the video.

The name for it was borrowed from the Caudron-Renault sports two-seater, which was introduced in 1934. Renault notes that the company’s participation in the aviation industry has influenced the appearance of production cars, and a vivid example of this is the aerodynamic body of the Rafale coupe-shaped crossover.

Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
Renault Renault Rafale
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The Rafale is built on the CMF-CD platform that underpins the Austral and Espace, and the E-Tech hybrid powertrain has been announced for the cross-coupe. Carscoops is looking at a non-plug-in version of the new model with around 200 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid option in the future.

The premiere of Renault Rafale is scheduled for June 18. The novelty will replenish the European line of the brand and will form the company Austral and Espace.

There were rumors that for the new model, Renault could revive the name Avantime – under this name, at the beginning of the previous decade, a coupe-shaped minivan with a peculiar design was produced, which was equipped with a three-liter “six”. But Avantime did not become successful – production was curtailed just three years after the car appeared on the market. The circulation was less than ten thousand copies.

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