Renault has unveiled the name of its future best-in-class coupé-SUV: the Rafale. Rafale completes the brand’s line powered by E-Tech hybrid engines and built on the CMF-CD platform. After the new Austral SUV, the new Rafale is Renault’s flagship and will strengthen its offensive in the D-segment.
The name is inspired by Renault’s famous past in the air. You have to travel back in time to the early 20th century to see the connection between Renault and aviation. At the time, Renault was a leading manufacturer of combustion engines for automobiles, as well as trains and aircraft. In 1933 Renault acquired Caudron, another manufacturer, and created Caudron-Renault. All planes are named after noticeable winds. Consequently, the C460, a single-seat racing aircraft designed to break records, was renamed the Rafale in 1934.
Renault is rediscovering its history and capitalizing on the legendary Caudron Rafale characteristics in a new premium car. Semantics points to the wind and catches something about its camouflaged silhouette, which instantly evokes visions of performance, daring, passion, and personality.
The world premiere of the new Renault Rafale will take place at the 54th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 18th.
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