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Barely Three Years In, Renault Is Already Developing The Next-Gen Renault Arkana

Barely Three Years In, Renault Is Already Developing The Next-Gen Renault Arkana

The next-gen Renault Arkana was recently spied testing in Germany despite it staring at an uncertain future

Renault unveiled the current generation Arkana back in 2019 for the Russian market and then in 2020 for the European market. Despite still being very young, it looks like Renault is already preparing a successor for it.

Our spy photographers caught the first prototype testing in Germany, and according to the driver, we are looking at the successor for the Russian version of the Arkana.

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The 2025 Alpine GT X-Over EV Chassis-Testing-Mule Caught Playing In The Snow

The 2025 Alpine GT X-Over EV Chassis-Testing-Mule Caught Playing In The Snow

The first from the three electric models Alpine has planned for the future is

Back in 2021, Alpine announced that after only four years on the market the A110 sports car will be discontinued, and that, for the future, the brand will mostly focus on electric cars. The first teaser image, revealed at the same time with the announcement revealed that Alpine is working on three different electric cars: a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a sports car.

The electric crossover will be called Alpine GT X-Over, and it seems that it has already begun testing. Our spy photographers caught an experimental vehicle based on a heavily modified Dacia Duster body out for some testing session around the Arctic Circle.

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2022 Renault Austral

2022 Renault Austral

It is a high-tech C-segment hybrid SUV with a lot of potential outside the U.S.

Renault unveils its new hybrid SUV, the Austral, which is based on the new third-generation CMF-CD platform. It portrays Renault’s “Nouvelle Vague” which means “New Wave” in the global C-segment SUV markets. If you are familiar with the Megane E-TECH Electric and the Arkana, you will find the Austral to follow similar paths, which includes Renault’s new design language and feature-proof cabin. We think that this compact hybrid/electric SUV is targeting the new Kia Sportage in a lot of ways, bringing in updated tech and multiple powertrain options to soothe your needs. Let’s dive in for a closer look into Renault’s newest addition to its Global (excluding the U.S.) lineup.

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2021 Renault Captur

2021 Renault Captur

A small SUV with a big market presence but is it worth the hype?

Being the ideal model for Renault’s “Drive the Future” plan, the Captur is one of the best-selling small-SUV across Europe after its first launch in 2013. The new Captur arrives with revised mechanics, updated looks, and it is more practical and tech-heavy. But should you consider it over the Kia Niro and Mazda CX-3? Let’s find out.

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2022 Renault Megane E-Tech

2022 Renault Megane E-Tech

The French Automaker is riding high with its legendary Mégane name for its first all-electric crossover

Renault unveiled the 2021 Mégane E-Tech at the IAA in Munich. It is the French brand’s very first all-electric crossover with a range of up to 292 miles. Is it a big first step forward or does it leave more to be desired?

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The Renault MeganeE Could Strengthen Renaults Electric Foothold in Europe

The Renault MeganeE Could Strengthen Renaults Electric Foothold in Europe

The Renault MeganeE will be the company’s largest electric car to date, and a sign of bigger things to come

Renault recently revealed the 5 Prototype – the car that will eventually revive the Renault 5 name. Before that, however, Renault revealed the Megane eVision concept, which not only served as a visual representation of the company’s future plans but as a basis for the new prototype that you see here: The Renault Megane E-Tech or Renault MeagneE for short. It’s not a production model just yet, but one of 30 prototypes that Renault is putting into the testing phase as it prepares for (hopefully) a 2022 launch.

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Alpine Becomes An EV Brand And Something Even Bigger Is Brewing

Alpine Becomes An EV Brand And Something Even Bigger Is Brewing

Alpine and Lotus join forces to create all-electric successor for the cool A110

Rumors claiming that Renault will turn Alpine into an all-electric brand have been confirmed today. The French automaker announced that the marque most famous for the A110 sports will focus on EV vehicles for the future. Renault also released a teaser image that previews three upcoming Alpine models, a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a brand-new sports car. All are connected to charging stations, so all three will feature battery-powered electric motors. But the French also announced that the sports car will be co-developed with Lotus.

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The German Government Is Basically Giving Away Free Electric Cars

The German Government Is Basically Giving Away Free Electric Cars

Thanks to a generous grant, German citizens can lease a Renault Zoe for two years without paying a single Euro cent

Germany is setting a new standard when it comes to encouraging people into cleaner cars and the distribution of EV grant money. The government is currently offering a €6,000 grant for the purchase of a new EV and, thanks to the way things are set up, this means you can lease a brand new Renault Zoe without paying a penny. Here’s how it works.

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2019 Renault Twingo

2019 Renault Twingo

Is having a pretty city car face enough to make the Twingo a success?

Renault radically changed the formula for its third-generation Twingo city runabout. The first- and second-gen Twingos were front-engined, front-wheel drive, three-door cars (and the second one even had a proper hot hatch variant). For its third generation, though, Renault completely changed things around, making the Twingo a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, five-door model.

Further differentiating it from its predecessors was its design. Whereas the two previous Twingo incarnations were styled to look as modern and fresh as possible, the current Twingo has a retro-inspired look that owes everything to the iconic Renault 5. And it really works - the Twingo is cute, tasteful and, even though there are other retro-inspired cars out there, it’s among the most successful from a visual standpoint.

But it too isn’t especially new, as it was launched back in 2015 and was recently given its mid-lifecycle refresh. Renault didn’t change anything major, though; the refresh has changed the front and rear bumpers, the headlights, as well as added some extra interior customization options. One of the engines available for the Twingo also gets a power boost courtesy of the facelift and some extra tech has been added too.

But overall, it’s still the same fresh looking car that attracted a lot of attention back when it was launched. That attention didn’t really translate into it becoming a sales hit, yet you still see a fair few of them scuttling around Europe’s major cities (the Fiat 500 is still king in this respect and the Twingo didn’t manage to dethrone it).

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All-new 2019 Renault Captur bows in Frankfurt with new platform, plug-in hybrid variant

All-new 2019 Renault Captur bows in Frankfurt with new platform, plug-in hybrid variant

Renault wants to reiterate the success of the first-gen Captur crossover with an all-new second-gen model

Renault unveiled an all-new generation of its Captur crossover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it wasn’t really on many people’s radar, even though the previous generation model sold over 1.5 million units since its introduction. So the new Captur is a really rather important model for Renault; it’s not terribly exciting for automotive journos or enthusiasts, but as a car people are actually going to buy, it is quite significant.

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2020 Renault Megane

2020 Renault Megane

Refreshed Renault Megane looks more grown up both inside and out

Renault has been selling the current Megane unchanged since the current generation was launched back in 2016. Then, it attracted a lot of attention with its bold LED daytime running lights, wrap-around rear light clusters (that almost created a full-width light bar) and upmarket-feeling interior with its large portrait-style touchscreen infotainment screen.

Now, the manufacturer has brought the Megane in for its midlife makeover, in order to keep it looking fresh and to bring its look in line with that of newer models in the range (like the all-new generation Clio subcompact). The facelifted Megane features redesigned headlights (with a different but equally bold LED signature), a revised grille and front bumper, as well as a new rear light cluster design; the rear bumper may also be different, but if so, then the difference is so subtle we can’t really spot it.

Its interior has also been updated, but the biggest change can be found under the revised Megane’s hood. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered for the first time, as Renault continues the quest to electrify as much of its range as possible - this was to be expected, though, since the new Clio can also be had as a hybrid, so electrifying the Megane was a logical next step.

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2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options

2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options

Renault has cranked up the design aggression meter up to eleven on the 2020 ZOE and its interior is finally pleasant

Our readers from North America may not really be familiar with the Renault Zoe, but it is actually the best selling all-electric vehicle in Europe, so the fact that a new one has been launched is a pretty big deal. It’s definitely an evolution of the old car and not a dramatic, revolution, but it addresses some key concerns people had with it in the past in order to make it even more enticing for city types who don’t want a small EV.

The 2020 Renault ZOE has freshened up exterior design, a much improved interior (it sorely needed), a battery pack has 30 percent extra capacity over the old one and new tech that was not available on the old ZOE. And having improved the car in all these areas, Renault has a chance of staying on top of EV sales in Europe, even though there are far more rivals out now than there were when the ZOE debuted, back in 2012.

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The 2020 Renault K-ZE EV Showed up in Shanghai Ready for Production

The 2020 Renault K-ZE EV Showed up in Shanghai Ready for Production

Renault’s brand-new EV is a tiny crossover

Six months after it made its debut as a concept car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Renault K-ZE broke cover in production form at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The tiny electric crossover was designed in China as part of the eGT New Energy Automotive Co. Ltd. joint venture between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and local carmaker Dongfeng.

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2019 Peugeot 208 vs 2019 Renault Clio

2019 Peugeot 208 vs 2019 Renault Clio

The launch of French city cars is a pretty big deal in Europe, and this year we saw all-new generations of the most important models from Peugeot and Renault. The Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio are both all-new, even though in the case of the former you can certainly tell, whereas the latter just looks like the a facelift for the previous-generation model.

Renault played it safe with the Clio, clearly stating that its exterior look is merely evolutionary, but once you step inside you will notice the radically different (and better) interior. Believe it or not, the Clio rides on a new platform that, for the first time ever, gives Renault the chance to also offer it in hybrid form.

Peugeot has done one better, though. Its 208 looks striking and fresh both inside and out, borrowing design cues from the larger 508. Overall, therefore, it nudges in front of the Clio in terms of the way it looks and, on top of this, Peugeot will offer it in full EV guise under the name e-208. To make matters even better the e-208 is apparently going to have excellent range too.

However, Peugeot’s flamboyant approach to the design and styling of the 208 might put some people off completely, so even if on paper it may already sound like the winner in this company, the fact of the matter is there’s a lot more to it, and they need to be analyzed side by side.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

It’s not always about what’s under the skin!

The 2019 Renault Clio might look a lot like its predecessor, but at the same time, it’s also largely rethought in all the right ways. In short, it’s fundamentally better than ever before and rides on an all-new platform that provides a home for new engines, lower ride height, and a revamped interior that’s not only more modern but more spacious as well. I non-performance form the new Clio can be had with anywhere between 65 and 114 horsepower but, once Renault pulls the sheet off of the GT and R.S. models, the Clio is expected to put at least 225 horsepower to the ground. It’s not clearly visible at first, but Renault is now able to take on the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series alongside models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. With such an enlightening new generation at hand, we’ve decided to make the brand-new 2019 Renault Clio our wallpaper of the day here at Topspeed headquarters. And, since we’re feeling so enlightened, we’ve decided to make our favorite, along with a selection of other Clio wallpapers, easily available for you to download.

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