Speculate, Arkana that will compromise the machine, there we, hardly leaked to the press the first dose of rumors about the new. Premier design concept at last year's Metropolitan cabin only confirmed us in this thought: very much impressive design proved, too complex surface, very beautiful wheels ... All this is necessary to compensate for unification with Russia is available in models, in this case specifically - at the Moscow plant Renault, That is, with Duster and Kaptur. The recent presentation of static, where we felt salon, clearly showed, Arkana that will play in the economy segment, and test drive gave a simple idea: "The price will cover all». In the sense - the low cost ...
"Journalists think, the platform - it is something one and indivisible, like pedestal Body ". Such condescending speech, we often hear from the technicians of different firms, and Renault is no exception. Colleagues can recognize: go and tell, that the basis of Arkana - ordinary "truck" B0, which is collected and Duster, и Kaptur, and Logan 2nd, and Logan first, and that a few years back trying to rename Global Access (that it did not take root even in our press priklnnoy), and, god forbid, stop taking. Meanwhile,, according to themselves "Russian French", 55% some "new SUV-platform", which designed the Arkana - unique. It is clear, the rest 45 - it is borrowing, but let's talk about the novelty.
Suppose, Arkana that when designing in a certain place for the growth of rigidity needed prisobachit new channel corner-scarf. Will there be a lie to call this part the "original"? No, not. And one of the numerous performances typical details, for reserving rooms at the infinite number of working documentation issue, even if used in the same Arkana the first time - a brand new piece? Yes, formally - and this brand new piece. It is important to another. These numbers - "45-55" was not invented by engineers, and advertisers, the purpose of which is simple: impress customers through us, journalists, who endlessly, how zavedonnye, replicate "official information", that Arkana - faster new machine, than the old. In this case, neither the 1st most zealous automobile criticism does not turnover of claim language, that unification - it's bad.
Unification - is excellent. But kinship with Duster and Kaptyurom, sozdateli, naturally, obliged to conceal, and easiest way to do design. But the "genes" or "DNA" (marketers for some reason like medical definition) - stubborn. They manifest themselves, just sit behind the wheel ...
Brain's cold observations ...
On a test drive, we presented only the "best" version of the Limited Edition One configuration, despite the fact that really want to look at Arkana live without moldings, wheels with pressed in caps. Generally, and without drums rear brakes little cheapen the effect of an elegant appearance, and the stones, flying through the large honeycomb radiator grille, We have already managed to destroy the cells of the radiator air conditioner in our test machine, despite the fact that she has run - tiny. Likely, owners quickly come up here any protective mesh — all the same prospect left without heat exchanger nobody cheers.
And that inside? If nothing is touched by hands, I have the feeling, that in general the interior was a success. This is already far not Duster, and not even Kaptur, or even "European» Duster second generation, which to us still can not reach. And, it seems, Arkana that not only outside, but also in the interior predstavyaet much higher "visual" standards, than the coming of her relatives. kind of, and strictly, and seriously, and even elements of a "piano lacquer", which we for some reason is a sign of the unprecedented luxury, there are. But, eye picks out some of the details, which in the best version would not want to see: Handle mechanical adjustments chairs, handbrake lever and… lots and lots of cheap plastic, "Balanced" interior skin is not the best quality.
Knocking on interior plastic — let us say, on the door cards — you can extract audio, What would be proud of are now deceased John Bonham, wonderful drummer Led Zeppelin. Ах, which party he would be able to record, tapping on the dashboard of the new French crossover! But let's not ernichat: "Great view" — it is always cheaper, than "perfect touch". And taking into account the Arkana ideology of such materials is quite appropriate here.
Interior became dominant touch 8-inch multimedia screen Easy Link system, part of the best complete set Style (From 1 229 990 rubles), not to mention, naturally, Edition One. It can be purchased for a modest sum, and as part of the package Techno, but not holders of the basic version of Life. The screen is slightly deployed to the driver, and the drivers to it unlikely any claims, but the passenger is unlikely to have appeal. Fact, that the right side is visible besprityazatelnaya plastic "wrong side" of the head unit, as it suggests: even if Haval factory near Tula never opened, hardly Arkana costs would have been higher.
But to the dashboard questions asked: legibility - at the level of, browsing data - momentary, with convenient buttons on the steering wheel spokes. Would not prevent the engine temperature display — let us say, in traffic or on the roads, but they, Who buys this crossover-coupe, hardly a plan of forced marches through the fields: the fact, that turbo "grip" is not provided, and hang with a weak 1.6-cylinder H4M the relatively of heavy machine — so, deliberately burn clutch. Our test basic modifications - is yet to come, now let's deal with the version, the equipped 1.3-liter turbo engine N5N, which can be found on the small Mercedes. Mechanics of this version, unfortunately, not equipped with, and move down from asphalt machine CVT, where a continuously variable transmission - dialup link, can hardly.
In fact,, under the hood of our Arkana - too variator, but not old JF015E, set including at Logan, and newer - or JF016E CVT8 on marketing designation French. With this unit in the field, repeat, it is better not to move out, but if put on Arkana JF017E, then we could experience: This box is equipped with a longer belt typesetting, and pin, as the Subaru. But, as we said at the beginning of, Arkana - this is a compromise a child, and inheritance - the roads with a hard coating.
This is confirmed by the bottom. One side, it is protected much better than other "urban crossover" — Still marital status obliges, but at least one hereditary disease remains: on the right side of the friction clutch has an electrical harness manager. He though and gently suspended, but still, as evidenced by the wide experience of the owners of Duster, it is sometimes interrupted by any branch, unsuccessfully lying on a forest path. It may be, the need for putting the protection of the cliff scare away prospective owners Arkana from the exit to the field (among the owners Duster is typical of such a procedure), although nominally ability here is much broader, than the ordinary crossover — still drive here from the Duster.
And the hearts of sad appreciable
The organizers offered us an asphalt route, part runs along the annular St. Petersburg. Generally, the first dose of frustration we have is not having got to the place: vibration from the running engine went through the floor on the hard plastic of the door trim, and now lying on the stays the hand begins to tremble finely. Let go of the brake pedal, and, before the pressure on the gas, pay attention, the vibration becomes a bit stronger. Of course, not to the extent, To think about the death of the motor support, но так, that we go out and look, what is happening with our colleagues. It turned out - all the same. Could be, it's a party like this - priladochnaya? What is not Edition One ...
It must be admitted, that even at the first press on the gas pedal, I appreciated the motor and a bunch of boxes. pull, naturally, not the "locomotive", Arkan but easily picks up speed, even when there are passengers in the car. Topics, who wish to fully experience the effect, we can recommend taking the start with the pedal fully depressed, which should ease in two to three seconds - exactly as needed "dutomu" motor, to go to the ledge of the maximum torque, that starts with 1 700 rev / min. Under a motor and CVT, which at first glance does not restrict the engine and since good alliance Renault-Nissan tries to simulate the traditional box hydromechanical. Meanwhile,, release the pedal and you need more to, to daunsayzingovy motor fell off on yelp. Unless overzealous gas and to turn the crankshaft reddish zone, and can achieve a good dynamics, and to prevent with the acoustic discomfort. In short, achieved by exercise.
Leaves on the track, passing fixing, that the "head" multimediyki somehow then quenched several times, it loses its connection to the phone, what is called, on level ground, while being connected via a USB cable. The picture on this device - not really. This applies to the navigation, and viewing cameras: while it is not a standard to follow.
Lightweight wheel completely myself for spinning "dimes" — better not think, but on the track to get used to it seriously. Still, expect, A what, as per usual, with dial speed control mechanism will fill weight — That is, amplifier efficiency will weaken. Alas. In combination with a relatively myagenkoy suspension and drag large area at speeds from 130 km / h Arkana case the driver can Disorders. The steering wheel looks in one direction, wheels — to another, the car goes into a third, (a), more precisely - where the wind blows. Maybe the reason is compounded blurred "zero". If desired, Arkan with tubomotorchikom just accelerates and up 170 km / h, and higher, but then the driver is already required the maximum concentration, so as not to lose the car, even on the straight line. Generally, comfortable speed for the French news — no more 130 km / h, and in my opinion, this fully enough, although at this speed the driver from time to time will have to adjust the position of the wheel.
Before turning it is imperative to throttle back - very large banks. A little bit later, when we still pulled off the asphalt, Specifically, this valkost become a good smooth ride on dirt road, but the primer because not all villages remain today, So? By the way, exactly when 130 km / h, we suddenly found an employee, that we speak quite softly, without straining your voice, and began to consider: in the interior penetrate subtle aerodynamic feeling, but at some point it seemed, that vibrates hood — true, at tremendous speeds.
Not the final picture we made on the brakes, and not having a shock to slow despite the fact that a few times, although the soul asked. Fact, that from speed 100 km / h forecast to stop the machine may start to "float". This remembrance, Arkana stops that hard. In the town it does not cause inconvenience, but on the track can scare an inexperienced driver: pedal light, and there is no effect. Generally, the brakes need poprivyknut and, do not hesitate, just peel on the pedal.
Do not annoy the strict morality
In urban traffic turned, that from the driver's seat a great sense of dimensions, even though it's only compact class, and at transpositions and side rescue "mugs" huge size. The salon mirror expectedly not see anything - what to expect from a crossover coupe ...
Let's go back to "empty" the steering wheel. All the same you can not fix it if, the correct position, using tuning driving Multi-Sense. This system allows to choose one of 3 modes (My Sense, Sport и Eco): changing engine response to the accelerator pedal, method of work CVT X-Tronic and the effort on the steering wheel. In principle, in My Sense mode, you can set the mode of steering feel and Sport, he still poured weight. But even here it felt the budget nature of the Arkana: instead of pleasure remember always and everywhere a heavy "steering wheel» Duster ... Algorithm My Sense, in addition, really sharpens engine response — true, and added more tones in his voice. In standby Eco Arcana, as it should be, rides vyalenko, but eat less gasoline. Generally, consumption have already proved to be a moderate - less 10 L / 100 km, so we did not torture the car "environmentally friendly" program and did not suffer themselves.
In short, 1-the first test drive, conducted by in haste, one side, It confirmed our speculation on the part of driving properties of the Arkana, with another — showed, that make any conclusions about the fate of the car market at the moment is stupid and wrong, because it is not we, Renault and advertisers gave birth to a budget and compact crossover coupe, pretty unifying it with the current products of the brand in Russia. Thus Arkana, becoming a hostage of his own origin, may well be, doomed to fight not only with the external enemies, as with internal. As for Haval F7 (You, naturally, We are waiting for this!), in a hurry to fix: on the amount of driving parameters of a Frenchman and a Chinese man to each other are not rivals. And let the French with us for such a statement will be offended, and the Chinese - upset, I think, we will have something to comfort those, and other ...