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Renault has introduced a new coupe-SUV called the Rafale, and will rival the Citroen C5 X when it goes on sale in mid-2024. 


It is built on Renault's CMF-CD platform, and will initially be available with Renault's 197bhp E-Tech powertrain. This combines a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with two electric motors acting as a generator and the main propulsion motor. 


Renault says it plans to introduce a more powerful plug-in hybrid option, delivering 296bhp. It will feature the same hybrid system but with an additional electric motor on the rear axle, providing all-wheel-drive capability. This variant will also have a larger battery pack, significantly increasing its electric range.


The design of the Rafale is the brainchild of Gilles Vidal, Renault's design director who previously revitalised Peugeot. It features a three-dimensional grille, plus LED matrix lighting up front.  


Inside boasts a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen, a design element seen in other recent Renault models like the Megane E-Tech Electric.


The infotainment system runs on Android Automotive 12 and supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus full integration of Waze. 


In addition, customers have the option to add a 9.3-inch head-up display that projects relevant information onto the windshield.


Soft-touch materials are also used extensively, and trim highlights are available in materials like blackened cork or real slate.


The Renault Rafale will debut in European showrooms in spring next year, with UK sales following at a later date.

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Harry Leahey 19/06/23