A month ago, Renault presented European version crossover Arkana. She is a variation of the Korean model Samsung XM3built on the modular CMF-B platform. The version for the Old World differs from the Russian Arcana with a new interior, a whole set of electronic assistants, adaptive cruise control with a lane hold function, an E-Tech hybrid power plant with a 1.6 aspirated gasoline engine, an electric motor and a starter-generator, as well as a “sports” version of the RS Line. However, in a number of Eastern European countries, such crossovers will be sold under a separate name Renault Megane Conquest. What’s wrong with Arkana?
No references to standard five-door and sedans the Megane family in the design of the exterior and interior of the crossover does not. The thing is that in the countries that were previously part of Yugoslavia, the familiar name Arkana is associated with the pseudonym of the Serbian politician Zeljko Razhnatovic, who was accused of numerous war crimes. During his lifetime, Razhnatovich was known under the nickname Arkan, so Renault decided in some markets to rename the crossover to Megane Conquest in order to avoid the appearance of undesirable associations.
When choosing a new name for the model, the French decided to revive the Conquest prefix, which was previously worn by the “off-road” modification of the Renault Scenic compact van. European sales of the Renault Arkana and Megane Conquest twins will begin in the first half of 2021.