Renault has unveiled its long-awaited D-segment flagship, the Rafale, a powerful hybrid coupé-SUV that promises to be “a vehicle born and bred for driving pleasure”. The new model, which was revealed at the prestigious Paris Air Show on June 19, 2023, will compete with the likes of the Audi Q5 Sportback and the Peugeot 408 when it goes on sale next year. The 2023 Rafale is Renault latest move in its comprehensive Renaulution model-renewal plan, which aims to strengthen its presence in the premium segments.
2023 Renault Rafale Dimensions, Tyre Size, Boot Space and Ground Clearance
The Rafale fits into the heart of the D-segment with an overall length of 4.7m, a height of 1.61m and a long wheelbase of 2.74m. It has a generous boot space of 530 litres, which can be expanded to 1,600 litres by folding the rear seats. The ground clearance is 200mm, which allows the Rafale to tackle rough terrain with ease. The tyre size is 235/55 R19 for the hybrid version and 245/45 R20 for the plug-in hybrid version.
|Boot space||530-1,600 litres|
|Tyre size (hybrid)||235/55 R19|
|Tyre size (plug-in hybrid)||245/45 R20|
Engine, Mileage and Performance
The Rafale will be available with two hybrid powertrains. The first is a 200PS (197bhp) hybrid unit that combines a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with two electric motors and a small battery. It achieves CO2 emissions of 105g/km and promises 60mpg. The second is a 300PS (295bhp) plug-in hybrid version that adds an additional electric motor on the rear axle, providing all-wheel-drive and boosting performance. The battery will also be much larger, although final specifications are yet to be revealed.
|Powertrain||Engine||Electric motors||Battery||Power output||CO2 emissions||Fuel economy|
|Hybrid||1.2-litre turbo petrol||Two (front)||2kWh||200PS (197bhp)||105g/km||60mpg|
|Plug-in hybrid||1.2-litre turbo petrol||Three (front and rear)||TBC||300PS (295bhp)||TBC||TBC|
2023 Renault Rafale Interior, Exterior and Features
The Rafale differs from Renault’s current design language, with a more angular and aggressive look. It features a striking new grille, prominent haunches and a long fastback roof that has a special glass that can be darkened at the touch of a button. The interior features the twin-screen OpenR digital cockpit that debuted on the Megane E-Tech, which consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The cabin also offers a high level of comfort and quality, with leather upholstery, ambient lighting and a Harman Kardon sound system.
The Rafale also boasts a high level of driving pleasure, with steering and suspension settings to promote sporty driving. It also features a four-wheel steering system for enhanced dynamics and easier maneuverability. The Rafale also comes with various driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and parking assist.
2023 Renault Rafale Price
The Rafale is expected to start at around £40,000 in the UK market, and will be launched in early 2024. It will be Renault’s new flagship model, showcasing its technological prowess and design flair.
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The Rafale is a breath of fresh air in Renault’s upmarket range, offering a hybrid SUV with aviation-inspired design and impressive performance. It is a vehicle that will appeal to both enthusiasts and eco-conscious drivers alike.