Renault Rafale hybrid SUV unveiled as brand's new flagship

Kenneth John Published: June 20, 2023, 11:54 AM IST

Renault, the French automaker, has debuted its latest flagship model, the Rafale, in Europe. It is based on the same platform as the Renault Espace, but it is the company's first SUV to exhibit Renault's brand-new design language.

Renault Rafale: Design and Dimensions

Renault has classified this new vehicle as a D-SUV, with dimensions of 4,710mm in length, 1,860mm in width, and 1,610mm in height. Additionally, it has a 2,740mm wheelbase.

The Renault Rafale has a stunning new grille, broad haunches, and a long fastback roof that provides substantial rear passenger headroom while still being aerodynamically efficient. The SUV is built on the CMF-CD platform, Renault's version of a component that already underlies 15 million Renault Group vehicles, beginning with the Clio.

Renault Rafale: Powertrain

The 2024 Rafale coupe-SUV is powered by a strong E-Tech hybrid engine. A 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with two electric motors powers the SUV. The Rafale SUV has a combined power of 197PS and 205Nm.

A 290PS four-wheel-drive variant is also planned. A 2kWh battery behind the driver's seat in the base model Rafale enables for short-range electric driving. The 290PS, four-wheel-drive Rafale retains the original's front-mounted powerplant but adds an electrified rear axle with a separate electric motor in the unit with a rear differential.

Renault Rafale: Interior

The 2024 Renault Rafale coupe-SUV features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 9.3-inch head-up display on the inside. Furthermore, the SUV has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as Level 2 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technology.

Even though the Rafale misses out on a third row of seats, it gets a massive boot with 647 litres of storage space. The seats in the SUV's premier Esprit Alpine trim are upholstered in Alcantara with tri-colour stitching and have lighted Alpine insignia on the seatbacks.

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