New Renault Arcana I did something wrong. True, at the first encounter, I was in a hurry and did not do it all.
For some reason I first saw the car as a sporty coupe, judging by the flowing lines and fastback rear.
It’s only after standing back and looking at the full profile that I realized just the extent to which it’s upholstered and riding massively, in 18 Pasadena diamond-cut alloy wheels. I love SUVs a lot.
Shape-Shifter: Renault’s first hybrid, the Arcana, is the French brand’s first purpose-built hybrid and its first SUV with coupe styling.
Then I understood. That’s because the car is Renault’s first purpose-built hybrid and the French giant’s first SUV with a coupe styling.
So the Arcana is actually a crossover whose shape changes depending on the angle from which you look at it.
I was driving the electrified S-edition E-Tech Hybrid 145 Auto, which is mated to a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Pulling power of 145 hp can still return up to 58.9 mpg but emit just 108g/km of CO2.
The electrified S-edition E-Tech Hybrid 145 auto marries a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor to a six-speed automatic gearbox
Performance: The Arcana can comfortably go up to 62 mph in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 107 mph
Cleaner: The hybrid Arcana is started in zero-emission electric mode every time and the hybrid system prioritizes electric power over petrol.
My fully stocked car starts at £28,600 and had extras that raised it to £29,800, including Zanzibar Blue Metallic paint (£650), a black roof (£300) and a space-saver Spare wheel (£250) included.
Prices for the full-hybrid range from £26,300 for the base-level Iconic to £30,900 for the sporty top-of-the-range RS line.
But it does come with a slew of safety and driver assistance kits, including anti-lock and active emergency braking, hill-start assist and electronic stability control.
Pricing: Full hybrids range in price from £26,300 for the base-level Iconic to £30,900 for the sporty top-of-the-range RS line
Comfort: Interior trim includes black fabric, synthetic leather upholstery, manually-adjusting seats, tinted rear windows and 7in driver information display.
Space: The infotainment system includes a 9.3 in touchscreen, while load-lugging owners will enjoy 513 liters of boot space.
Interior trim includes black fabric, synthetic leather upholstery, manually adjustable driver and passenger seats, tinted rear windows and 7in driver information display.
On some longer cruises, it was attractive and comfortable, with a rest 62 mph in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 107 mph.
The car is started in zero-emission electric mode every time and the hybrid system prioritizes electric power over petrol.
There are three driving modes and the infotainment system includes a 9.3 in touchscreen. Load-lugging owners will enjoy up to 513 liters of boot space.
New book celebrates the 007’s Aston Martin DB5
Iconic: The First Official History of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5
The first official history of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 reflects the quality – from the gorgeous layout to 302 stunning behind-the-scenes photos.
It is co-written by Will Lawrence and Simon Hugo, with a foreword by current Bond actor Daniel Craig – and it is the first time EON Productions, the producer of the James Bond films, has authorized the official history of this iconic car, which Goldfinger and appeared in seven other 007 films (including No Time to Die).
James Bond’s DB5 (£40, Hero Collector’s Books) has been launched to coincide with the release of the 25th Bond film No Time to Die.
Gangs target motorhomes and caravans
A runaway boom has prompted security firm Tracker to warn new owners of caravans and motorhomes about the risk of theft by criminal gangs.
It urges owners to be on their guard as online retailers and auction houses are reporting an increase in sales of used vehicles.
New owners of caravans and motorhomes have been warned about the risk of theft by criminal gangs
Clive Wayne, head of police liaison at Tracker, said: ‘Gangs are taking advantage of high demand and the resulting high prices, stealing to serve a growing market.’
In 2020, Tracker recovered more than £1 million of stolen caravans and motorhomes, and that figure is set to be even higher this year, Mr Wayne said, noting a 29 per cent year-on-year increase .
He said physical barriers include safe storage, alarm systems, hitch locks, wheel clamps and standoffs on doors.
But he also warned: ‘The seasoned and determined criminals will overcome these.’