Renault Unveils Rafale SUV as New Flagship Model

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Renault has officially launched its latest addition to the SUV market, the Rafale coupé-SUV, marking a significant milestone in the brand's ongoing evolution strategy.

With its debut, the Rafale sets a new benchmark as a flagship model, specially crafted for those who seek unrivalled driving pleasure.

The starting price is set at £38,195, featuring a powerful 200hp full hybrid engine, with a more robust 300hp 4x4 plug-in hybrid variant scheduled to join the lineup soon.

This launch is a part of Renault's ambitious Renaulution strategic plan, aimed at transforming their presence in the D-segment, following successful ventures into the C-segment with models like the Arkana E-Tech hybrid and the Megane E-Tech.


The Rafale stands out as the first vehicle to fully embody the brand's new visual language under the direction of Gilles Vidal. It's also pioneering the use of the innovative Solarbay panoramic glass roof by Saint-Gobain, which offers the ability to darken specific areas on demand, enhancing passenger comfort.

Engineered on the Alliance’s CMF-CD platform, shared with the Austral SUV, the Rafale boasts a fastback-style body, extending over a length of 4.7 meters and a width of 1.86 meters.

Its generously sized boot offers 535 liters of space, expandable to 647 liters, epitomizing the blend of luxury and practicality.


The initial model comes powered by a 200hp E-Tech full hybrid petrol drivetrain, incorporating a three-cylinder 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine complemented by two electric motors.

This innovative combination promises best-in-segment fuel efficiency, with expected figures of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions standing at 105g/km. Performance-wise, it delivers a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 111mph.

Anticipation also builds for the forthcoming 300hp plug-in hybrid version, promising added power and enhanced chassis tuning for superior performance.

Both variants feature the 4Control four-wheel steering system for improved manoeuvrability and stability in varied driving conditions.


On the interior, the Rafale doesn’t fall short of expectations, equipped with high-tech amenities across its three-grade line-up, including a 12.3-inch digital driver display, a 12-inch infotainment system with OpenR link, Google services, and wireless charging. Its sophisticated design is highlighted by 20-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, and advanced driver assistance systems, ensuring unparalleled safety and comfort.

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