Renault has hosted the world premiere of its new Arkana global crossover model at the Moscow Motor Show.

The C-segment SUV will go on sale in Russia in 2019 and will then be rolled out to key markets globally, focusing on Asia. There are currently no plans to bring it to Europe.

The C-segment crossover market is a key automotive growth sector and the Arkana is designed to provide a balance between a saloon and SUV.

Laurens Van den Acker, senior vice-president, corporate design for Groupe Renault, said: “The Arkana show car is a distinctive coupé-crossover, striking a balance between the elegance of a saloon and the powerful stance of an SUV. We have dialed in specific Renault cues, with a strong design, strength and sensuality with a French touch.”

As part of its Drive the Future strategic plan, Groupe Renault intends to step up the pace of international growth, expanding its product range to increase sales volumes up to 5 million units by 2022.

Groupe Renault claimed almost one-third of the Russian market in 2017 (448,270 vehicle sold / 28% market share). Globally, the group sold nearly 3.8 million vehicles in 134 countries last year.