Renault Australia has outlined its plans for 2021 which include tweaking the range and introducing two new SUVs.
The brand confirmed the Clio hatch and the Zoe EV will exit the Australian portfolio, leaving only the Megane RS models in the passenger car space.
Declining interest in small passenger cars and the high price of EV tech sealed the fate of the Clio and Zoe. Both have struggled for showroom traction in recent years.
Updated versions of the Megane RS are set to arrive early next year, along with a refreshed Koleos SUV.
After debuting locally late last year, the Kadjar SUV has also been axed, it will be replaced by the coupe-styled Arkana (pictured).
First revealed in 2018, for our market, the Arkana will be built in South Korea which should allow for a sharper sticker price when compared to the French-made Kadjar. Unlike South Korea, Australia is yet to reach a free trade agreement with the European Union.
While local powertrain details haven’t been announced, expect the Arkana to be powered by the same 113kW/260Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It will be matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Along with the Arkana, Renault has also recommitted to the new-generation Captur which will also arrive locally next year. The marque will offer the Captur in the familiar Life, Zen and Intens trim levels.
Moving to Renault’s commercial van range, the recently updated Kangoo, as well as the Trafic and Master vans will continue to be offered locally.
Exact specifications and pricing for the new models will be announced closer to the launch dates in 2021.
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