First revealed by Romanian website Automarket, the TreZor concept is said to “[kick] off a new chapter in the history of Renault styling”.
Designer Laurens van den Acker said: “With the TreZor, we have pursued this (styling) renewal by introducing a new lifestyle sequence”.
“This concept car is the fruit of freedom of expression and prepares the way for the trends we are likely to see in our upcoming vehicles. These trends fall into two categories: French Design and Easy Life,” he added.
The Renault TreZor picks up where the 2010 DeZir concept left off, which previewed the design language worn by the current Clio, Megane and Koleos, amongst others. A full list of DeZir-inspired vehicles can be viewed here.
Styling-wise, the concept features carbon bodywork with contrasting surface finishes, hexagonal panels, a honeycomb form intake on the bonnet. At the rear, the TreZor is equipped with fibre-optic tail-lights.
Instead of conventional side doors, the Trezor features a one-piece lid that lifts “much like the lid of a jewellery box”, which “invites occupants to straddle the side of its body as they climb in”.
Inside the concept sports red leather upholstery, a dashboard made from red wood that incorporates a front luggage compartment, a large central touchscreen along with a Formula One-inspired rectangular steering wheel - which features three screens instead of conventional stalk controls.
Powering the TreZor is a derivative of the electric motor used in the Renault e.dams Formula E race car, producing 260kW of power and 380Nm of torque, which is enough to slingshot the electric coupe from 0-100km/h in under four seconds.
Storing the electric energy are two batteries - of an undisclosed capacity - each with its own cooling system optimised by the active air intake in the bonnet.
Regenerative braking helps to recharge the batteries when on the move, based on the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) developed for Formula E cars.
Measuring 4700mm long, 2180mm wide and 1080mm tall, the TreZor stands marginally higher than the legendary Ford GT40, which was named for its 40-inch height (1016mm).
Front and rear tracks of 2048mm and 2106mm are claimed to enhance road holding, along with its 2776mm wheelbase.
Renault says a drag coefficient of 0.22 and a ground clearance of 25cm help to improve stability and reduce body roll - pointing to the Trezor’s dynamic potential.
Three driving modes can be selected; neutral, sport and autonomous. In autonomous mode, the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the vehicle’s logos - telling other road users the driverless mode is engaged.
While in its driverless setting, the Trezor’s steering wheel extends in width like a cinema screen, giving the driver a panoramic view of the dashboard.
Renault hopes to make reliable driverless technology available in its mainstream models “at an affordable price”, beyond the year 2020.
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