Be Bop belongs to the Renault concept car family, with some elements from the 2002 Ellypse, while their profile has certain features in common with the Koleos concept shown at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show. Inside the cabin, the Touch Design concept introduced with 2001 Talisman concept continues to be developed. "Both these vehicles follow on from our previous concept cars, illustrating inside and out a desire to take our signature design concept to its full expression through the notions of charm and sensuality," explains Patrick le QuÃ©ment, Senior Vice President of Renault Corporate Design.
Features and Design
From the side, these four-metre long cars stand out for their vast glazed surface. Reminiscent of a water droplet, the theme suggests movement and aerodynamic sleekness. "The water droplet is a superb symbol of aerodynamic purity," explains Michel Jardin, Director of Concept Car Design. Thanks to their softly rounded form, Be Bop and Be Bop provide a solution to the problem of MPVs, whose lack of aerodynamics has a negative impact on fuel consumption. The streamlined floorpan also helps boost aerodynamic efficiency.
The softly blended shape of the front and rear wings communicates a friendly but also powerful air. Their curve is extended at the front by a panoramic windscreen that disappears into the immense glazed roof before dropping down to form the V-shaped rear window, resulting in the signature Renault rear end.
Positioned on its 21-inch PAX System wheels, and with 210mm ground clearance, Be Bop is a sport utility vehicle intended as much for city life as off-road driving. Its "blue-tinted steel" exterior includes specific elements intended to show that this SUV means business: at the front, the radiator grille includes a more matte protection zone while the high-performance lamps incorporate blue-tinted diodes for a high-tech aura.
One of Be Bop’s original features is the tailgate’s functional and aesthetic opening system. First, an electrical motor lifts the rear window above the roof. The lower part opens downwards while a shelf automatically slides forward to house luggage and parcels.
Be Bop is a sporting compact MPV whose bright yellow bodywork is characteristic of Renaultsport vehicles. All the front-end design features are specific, with more flowing lines. It features a 225bhp 2-litre turbocharged engine.
The two rear-hinged doors open to reveal an original and elegant interior. The seats are anchored to a central arch which frees up floor space to create a sensation of spaciousness. This arch also forms a link between front and rear occupants to reinforce the interior’s friendly spirit. Two side arches stretch the length of the doors for passengers to rest their arms. The polished aluminium gearlever rises over the central arch, which houses all the other main controls such as heating, air-conditioning, navigation and music. A chrome-finish clock sits at the end of the arch in full view of both passenger and driver.
Be Bop and Be Bop provide ample stowage space in the central tunnel, dashboard and doors. The rear seats of the Be Bop SUV can disappear under the front seats with the flick of a switch inside the door. An articulated arm folds the back of the rear seat onto the cushion. The cushion and back then slide under the front seat to completely free up the rear space.
The two concepts take Renault’s Touch Design concept - introduced with the Talisman concept car then further explored with Mégane II, Espace IV and Scénic II - to its highest level of expression so far. Like the steering wheel with its "hand print" motif, all the controls suggest their function and invite contact.
Key information (speed, rev counter, etc) is displayed on two superimposed LCD screens and in 3D for greater clarity. The rev counter is represented by coloured circles. Auxiliary information such as navigation, music, communication and Renault services is grouped together on a separate screen at dashboard height, and which can be folded down and can face the driver or passenger.
Both these concept cars’ interiors enjoy a distinctive colour scheme. With its slim seats, pale khaki and deep orange leather upholstery, and woven cotton flooring, the Be Bop SUV shows its warm personality. The panoramic windscreen and glass sunroof accentuate this by bathing the cabin in light. Be Bop meanwhile adopts an interior that reflects its vocation. The slim black seats with reinforced sides are ideally adapted to sports driving, as are the gearlever and dials.