Renault Arkana : et s’il réalisait l’impensable face au Peugeot 3008 ?

Renault Arkana : et s’il réalisait l’impensable face au Peugeot 3008 ?

Without competition since 2016, the Peugeot 3008 is not guaranteed to finish this year in first place among the best-selling compact SUVs. The Renault Arkana sticks to the train and does not intend to stop there.

Looking at the sales figures for the second-generation 3008, we say to ourselves that Peugeot has been sleeping on both ears since 2016. But when we are a reference, we are also in the sights of several opponents at the same time. The Lion therefore knows that it is being spied on in this segment so buoyant of compact SUVs and the time for serene glances in the retro seems to be over. Before the new Austral gets involved at the end of this year, the 3008 will first have to contain the rise of another Renault : Arkana. After an already convincing 2021 result (17,000 copies), the first SUV coupé from the Losange begins 2022 under even more favorable auspices. Between January and April, it has already won over 9,500 customers. Admittedly, the 3008 remains ahead with 14,000 copies sold, but the gap is closing every month and faster and faster. Because the Peugeot SUV is not in excellent dynamics, which falls almost twice as much as the market. An even more striking finding among individuals, where the Arkana attracts twice as many buyers as its compatriot (5,000 sales against 2,300), becoming, on this channel, the best-selling compact SUV.

Top 10 best-selling models in France between January and April

Rank Model Sales
Rank1 ModelPEUGEOT 208 Sales27,745
Rank2 ModelCITROEN C3 Sales21,056
Rank3 ModelRENAULT CLIO Sales18,250
Rank4 ModelDACIA SANDERO Sales17,683
Rank5 ModelPEUGEOT 2008 Sales15,579
Rank6 ModelRENAULT CAPTUR Sales15,266
Rank7 ModelPEUGEOT 3008 Sales13,943
Rank8 ModelPEUGEOT308 Sales13,203
Rank9 ModelDACIA DUSTER Sales9,670
Rank10 ModelRENAULT ARKANA Sales9,426

The Renault Arkana: a UFO that pleases

To observe the curves, the sochalien is not guaranteed to be the best-selling compact SUV in France at the end of 2022. If this were the case, it would be an astonishing putsch carried out by Renault with an offbeat proposal. Because if it displays a size (4.57 m long and 1.82 m high) all that is most classic for an SUV, its very inclined roof and the self-proclaimed “coupé” which ensues make him a UFO in the category. Less roomy than the 3008 – passenger compartment narrower at the elbows and shoulders –, with a smaller trunk and a range of less varied engines (no diesel), the Arkana does not leave with all the advantages over its Sochaux rival. But its modern silhouette, its neat interior and its convincing road performance – although less homogeneous than the Peugeot – are appealing. Not to mention a rather interesting price positioning with a price under 35,000 € for a non-rechargeable hybrid version E-Tech 145 extremely fuel-efficient in town and without the slightest constraint linked to recharging.

Leader in its segment since its advent, among individuals and in the general classification, the 3008 “2” could therefore be upstaged when in what would be its last full year. Because the third generation, completely redesigned and built on a new platform, will make its appearance in 2023. With it, Peugeot will show the new face – perhaps e-Legend concept tunes – of its productions and will continue its transformation towards 100% electric with theoretical autonomy between 450 and 600 km. But there will also be hybrid versions to fight against an Austral that will have taken off commercially.

Our illustration of the future Peugeot 3008.© automotive-magazine
Published on 05/07/2022 Updated 05/07/2022

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