The styling themes of French car maker Renault will soon move into the second era of head designer Laurens van den Acker's influence, and this week's Paris motor show will deliver a first glimpse at the new look.


The Dutch designer joined Renault in 2009, just weeks after resigning from the top styling role at Mazda, where he crafted the 'Nagare' look that preceded Mazda's current 'Kodo' image.

Van den Acker made his mark quickly, drawing up the DeZir concept that debuted in mid-2010. That concept's look moved to production with the new Clio hatch in 2012, working its way across the line-up to culminate with the new-generation Megane and Koleos models.


Above: the DeZir concept

But, soon enough, everything new is old again. When Renault reveals its new Trezor concept in Paris, previewed almost pointlessly in the image atop this article, we'll have our first look at what will drive the look of Renault's next-generation range.

Very little has been revealed at this point, but Renault promises "surprising proportions" - a claim that could be a two-part hint, alongside one other detail: the 'Z' in TreZor is said to represent Renault's all-electric 'Z.E.' (zero emission) powertrain.

If the concept is to be driven by an electric system - as many seem to be in recent times - we might expect to see a shape not constrained by the need to accommodate a conventional drive package.

For the answer to that question, we'll have to wait until the TreZor is unveiled in Paris, tomorrow night Australian time.

The Renault DeZir concept's influence

Renault DeZir revealed

Renault CAPTUR concept

Renault A110-50 concept revealed

2011 Renault R-Space concept

2011 Renault Twizy

2012 Renault Frendzy concept

2012 Renault Twingo facelift

2012 Renault Zoe

2013 Renault Clio revealed

2013 Renault Captur

2013 Renault Twizy RS F1 concept

2013 Renault Kangoo facelift

2013 Renault Twin'Z concept

2013 Renault Twin'Run concept

2013 Renault Koleos facelift

2013 Renault Megane facelift

2014 Renault Twingo

2014 Renault Trafic

2014 Renault Master facelift

2014 Renault RS 01 race car

2014 Renault Eolab concept

2015 Renault Espace

2015 Renault Duster Oroch ute concept

2015 Renault Kadjar

2015 Renault Kwid

2015 Renault Duster Oroch ute

2015 Renault Sandero RS 2.0

2015 Renault Talisman

2015 Renault Alaskan ute concept

2016 Renault Megane