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New 2024 Renault Rafale: prices and first UK details

Richard Aucock

Written By Richard Aucock

New 2024 Renault Rafale

The new Renault Rafale is a range-topping coupe SUV that is now open for ordering in the UK ahead of deliveries beginning in the summer.

The new Renault Rafale is a full hybrid family car SUV that sits above the existing Renault Austral. It will take on models such as the Cupra Formentor, Peugeot 408 and Citroen C5 X.

The new Renault Rafale will launch in 200PS guise and a high-performance 300PS version with four-wheel drive follows later. There will not be a fully-electric new Renault Rafale – the new Renault Scenic serves that role.  

Innovative features inside the new Renault Rafale include its Google-based infotainment system and Solarbay opacifying glass sunroof.

The new Renault Rafale is open for ordering now with prices from £38,195.

New 2024 Renault Rafale
The new Renault Rafale is a large car with a distinctive coupe-SUV appearance. This combines a raised ride height with a rakish rear end.

What is the new Renault Rafale?

The new Renault Rafale is the most prestigious SUV made by the French firm. It crowns the extended range of Renault SUVs, as a stylish coupe-SUV that aims to take on premium alternative such as the BMW X4 and Audi Q3 Sportback.

The new Renault Rafale is the firm’s first model to use its new visual language by chief designer Gilles Vidal. Measuring 4.71 metres long, it is intentionally distinctive, with a long wheelbase and raised fastback-style body.

The new Renault Rafale is a more avant-garde alternative to the Renault Austral, which it sits above in the Renault line-up. It has a full hybrid powertrain, and will launch with the 200PS E-Tech engine. Using a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and automatic hybrid transmission, it will average 60.1mpg and has CO2 emissions from 105g/km.

An exhilarating 300PS plug-in hybrid version, with four-wheel drive and Renault 4Control Advanced four-wheel steering, arrives later.

Other hybrid-powered Renault SUVs include the new Renault Symbioz, facelifted Renault Captur and the smaller coupe SUV alternative, the Renault Arkana.

Distinctive features include the new Renault Austral’s novel front grille, which was designed by AI using parametric modelling software. This gives it an extremely distinctive appearance, and it is offered in iron blue or shadow grey accents.

New 2024 Renault Rafale interior
The new Renault Rafale has a high-tech interior with Google-based infotainment, and is bathed in light thanks to an innovative Solarbay panoramic glass roof.
New 2024 Renault Rafale
The new Renault Rafale is a very spacious car inside, with lots of room and luxury for rear seat passengers, and a large boot behind then.

What is the new Renault Rafale like inside?

The new Renault Rafale’s crowing feature include is an enormous 1470mm by 1117mm Solarbay panoramic glass roof – it is the first car in the world to offers such a large version of this new tech. It means the interior is bathed in light, giving it a welcoming and luxurious feel.

Cleverly, the new Renault Rafale’s Solarbay roof includes opacifying glass – this means it magically turns from see-through to opaque at the touch of a button. It can even be controlled by Google Assistant.

Speaking of which, the new Renault Rafale has Google-based infotainment, using a large-format centre touchscreen. It comes built in with Google Maps and Google Assistant, with 50 more apps available through the Google Play store. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.

The new Renault Rafale’s extra-long wheelbase means there’s more than 300mm of kneeroom in the rear. Rear seat passengers also have a clever rear armrest with two USB outlets, space for smartphones and tablets, plus snazzy fold-out screen stands.

The new Renault Rafale has an extra-large boot offering up to 647 litres of space even with the seats up.

The new Renault Rafale is very well equipped even as standard. All models come with 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED signature lighting, moiré-effect rear LED lights and, inside, a 12.3-inch driver display plus 12.0-inch infotainment screen. Dual zone climate control, front and rear park assist, rear-view camera and a wireless phone charger are also standard.

At launch, the new Renault Rafale is offered in three versions, called Techno, Techno Esprit Alpine, and Iconic Esprit Alpine.

New Renault Rafale prices start from £38,195, for the Techno E-Tech full hybrid 200PS version. It costs from £42,195 in Techno Esprit Alpine trim, and £44,695 in Iconic Esprit Alpine guise.

New Renault Rafale ordering is open now. First deliveries will begin in the UK from July 2024.


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