One of the most impressive vehicles brought by Renault at the Geneva Motor Show is the R-Space concept, a simple, sensuous and welcoming family vehicle that express Renault’s new design philosophy in the MPV segment. Renault said nothing about a production version, but we believe that Renault won’t bring a concept car just as a simple exercise.
"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."
the R-Space is 4.25 meters long and features a prominent grille, a panoramic windscreen and "suicide" rear doors that are already a mark for Renault’s latest concepts. The concept is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder, 110 hp, 900cc petrol engine mated to an Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC).
Hit the jump to read more about the Renault R-Space Concept.
The new R-Space concept is distinguished by a dynamic profile, large windscreen and panoramic roof. According to Renault the R-Space’s design language has been inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous - despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at families."
Up front Renault has placed a large, vertically-oriented Renault grille, while the body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes. The concept also gets a panoramic windscreen, 21-inch alloy wheels, "suicide" rear doors, and LED lighting units. The concept is finished in honey-gold paint.
Interior designer Alexandre Gommier explains: "To reinterpret this idea in a modern context, we provided a strong visual and functional contrast between the driver environment, where the focus is on driving pleasure, and a surprising and highly-original rear section conceived as a play space for children."
The concept’s seats and dashboard are inspired by the DeZir concept, while the rear has been specially designed for the children. There is a play space, flexible and infinitely versatile, and formed from a simple and universal shape - the cube.
The R-Space concept features an engine that was developed by the recent Renault-Nissan Alliance. it is a 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine that delivers 110 HP and 160Nm of torque, while consuming just just 3.7 liters/100km.
In order to improve the concept’s consumption, R-Space comes with a a system known as DRIVINGECO². With a simple push of the "Eco" button, this system automatically adapts engine response in relation to the various parameters influencing energy consumption (altitude, ambient temperature, use of heater, etc).
With a total weight of 2,866 lbs, the R-Space will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph.
Renault said nothing about a production version, but if put into production the R-Space will have serious competitors on the market. At the same show Ford has brought the B-Max, a concept powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system that will go into production by 2012.
The European market also has the Opel Meriva, a model offered with a wide range of power train options with outputs ranging from a very economical 75 HP up to 140 HP. The Meriva’s engine will be mated to a choice of five and six speed manual transmissions as well as a smooth shifting six speed automatic.
When can I buy one?
Do not expect Renault to make a final decision on this concept by 2012, and if built a production version won’t come before 2013.
Cool door design
Looks great in gold
Play space for children
The engine is not very impressive
The car’s front looks weird