The all-electric grand tourer the world has been waiting for!

So, the biggest days of the Paris Motor Show are over with. Brands like Ford, Volvo, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley all decided to skip out, but over in Renault’s little corner of the show sat the Renault Trezor – the all-electric grand tourer that we’ve all be waiting for. To put things simply, this two-seater has 350 horsepower on tap from a pair of batteries that are strategically placed with weight distribution in mind. There’s some interesting technology inside to go with F1-inspired interior styling and a rather interesting way to enter and exit the vehicle.

Laurens van den Acker, the Senior Vice President of Renault’s Corporate Design Division, said, “The Renault range has now been completely renewed and upgraded with a spectrum of complementary models, each one of which has its own assertive identity. With the Trezor, we have pursued this renewal by introducing a new lifecycle sequence. This concept car is the fruit of a 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.”

So, does the Trezor concept do exactly as Acker claims? Is it a representation of trends that we’ll be seeing in future vehicles? Well, that’s hard to say for sure, but it is essentially an evolution of the styling cues that we saw on the DeZir a few years ago. So, with that said, let’s take a better look at the Trezor and talk a little more about it.

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Exterior

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For a concept, the overall design of the body isn’t as extreme as some might expect. The body sits remarkably low to the ground, and the car itself is just over 3.5-feet tall with an official height of just 42.5 inches. This height gives it a very sporty stance, but also makes it very aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of just 0.22. The body itself is made from lightweight carbon fiber while there are fiber-optic lighting in the rear. Obviously, the car is all electric as there is no radiator grille up front. Instead, the nose is graced with a massive Renault emblem and a front fascia that is predominately covered by an insert that has a texture reminiscent of a golf ball. It’s a little weird to see on a car, but it somehow works nicely. The nose is flanked by those massive air intakes that clearly channel air to the front brakes and possibly the front battery pack to help keep it nice and cool. The headlights are thin, wide, and sleek, while the front fenders take on a smooth but muscular appearance.

The body sits remarkably low to the ground, and the car itself is just over 3.5-feet tall with an official height of just 42.5 inches.

Moving over the side profile of the car, it’s painfully evident that this baby is low and ready to run. A large dip in the body where the door leads way to another massive vent from the fender, obviously where air from the massive front intakes exit. This vent doesn’t only serve and an exit, but in theory, should also provide some downforce on the center of the vehicle—you know to keep things from getting too squirrely. That golf-ball-like texture can be seen on the body lines inside this dip. The body lines dissipate as you get closer to the rear and lead the way to the muscular rear haunches that scream, dare I say, “electric muscle.” Those beautiful and massive rims fill the wheel wells just right, leaving no more than an inch between tire and body, while the wraparound taillight units emphasize the car’s sporty and speedy personality.

The cockpit is fitted with a single piece of undoubtedly expensive curved glass that is tinted red. This glass is integrated seamlessly into the cockpit and provides for a smooth transition between front and center of the vehicle. Looking down from an elevated position, we can make out more red-tinted glass on the roof that blends into a rear fin of sorts that gets larger as it transitions into the rear deck. That weird seam line that runs along the side and curves upward to cross the roof is there for a reason, by the way. The hold top of the vehicle lifts upward, including the front hood area to allow entry and exit from the vehicle. As Renault puts it, the “one-piece clamshell roof lifts much like a jewelry lid.” That’s a lot of PR talk, however, so I like to say that it opens up more like the cockpit of a fighter jet.

The clever design doesn’t stop with that weird canopy and the gorgeous front end. Around back, the car takes on a fastback-like appearance that screams muscle and supercar at the same time. A big Renault emblem sits right in the middle, while fiber-optic lighting leads the way to those laser taillights that wrap around the rear corners ever so slightly. From the rear view, it is pretty clear that this car is two-piece in design. By that, I mean that the roof and front deck are one piece (that clamshell design,) While most of the side and rear are their own respective single piece. Down below, there is a massive vent on each corner that flanks a rather small rear diffusor. The lack of tailpipes anywhere near the center diffuser hints to the car’s all-electric nature, but more about that later. Take a minute to drool over the exterior, then join me in the next section to talk more about the interior.

Interior

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Looking at the interior of this all-electric and muscular concept leaves you feeling a bit molested, but not necessarily in a bad way depending on how you look at it. First off, there’s plenty of wood trim that is stained in a rather conductive and engaging red. Notice how you can make out the grain of the wood, even with a duller appearance? That wood encompasses the entire front dash area that takes up, quite literally, one-third of the passenger cabin. That’s not a bad thing, though, as this area includes two cases that fit perfectly into the front deck for storage. They are held in place by leather straps that are also red in color. To the rear, the supports for the rear headrests are also made out of wood, symbolically linking the rear deck to the front.

The steering wheel is rectangular in shape with the corners rounded – a feature that is clearly inspired by the F1 cars we love to see zip around the track.

In the center of the cabin, it’s all about the passengers. The seats are wrapped in a deep red leather and are, according to Renault, inspired by the world of furniture design. They apparently create a “plush, comfortable interior.” As you can see, the contour of the seats on the outside actually wrap up over the lip of the lower body to provide a padded armrest of sorts next to the glass when the cockpit is closed. The steering wheel is rectangular in shape with the corners rounded – a feature that is clearly inspired by the F1 cars we love to see zip around the track.

The interior isn’t just all about deep red leather and red Ash wood. There’s lots of technology here too. While F1 cars still have physical buttons on each spoke, the Trezor takes things to the next level with three small screens. That’s right; there are more screens inside this cabin than you can count on one hand. The screen on the center hub of the steering wheel is rectangular and displays the Renault logo in the middle. Then, there’s a smaller touch screen on each spoke that performs the same general functions of the traditional thumb controls that we’re all so used to seeing in road-going cars.

Ahead of the steering wheel, there is a display screen that serves as an instrument cluster and, based on the display in the images, a driver information center. There looks to be a smaller screen to the left of the digital instrument cluster, however, it doesn’t appear to be turned on or functioning in the images we have here. To the right of the instrument cluster is another large touchscreen that is displaying an odd graphic, the outside temperature, and a symbol that indicates there is an S-curve coming up. Ultimately, this screen would display GPS information in a real-world setting. Down below that display, there is another smaller display that likely serves as the infotainment display when GPS is activated.

Drivetrain

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Normally, futuristic concepts like this one have conceptual powertrains that don’t actually function. But, Renault is a self-proclaimed pioneer of electric mobility and claims to be Europe’s “best-setting EV manufacturer.” On top of that, Renault has been contributing to the advancement of Formula E though it’s participation and evolvement, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that this concept has a functional, all-electric drivetrain. Renault has spilled very few beans as far as performance goes, but it does claim that the electric motor delivers 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Assumingly, that power is routed to the rear wheels, but it’s unclear whether or not the motor is direct drive or if there is a transmission of any kind. Renault claims acceleration to 62 mph takes “less than four seconds.”

Instead of having one large battery, Renault has taken the liberty of using two smaller battery packs – one in the front and one in the rear.

But wait, there’s more. This concept has two different battery packs. Instead of having one large battery, Renault has taken the liberty of using two smaller battery packs – one in the front and one in the rear. Renault hasn’t mentioned what the exhaust weight bias is, but the idea is that with two batteries, the weight of the electrical system is split between the front and the rear. Each battery pack has its own cooling system that is optimized by the variable-geometry of the air intakes up front. A brake-operated energy recovery system is also in tow, to help absorb some of the lost kinetic energy dispersed through heat when braking. This system is the same system used on Formula E cars.

When Renault was designing the Trezor, it paid special attention to certain things that help extend range and increase performance. As such, the car has a wide track, with the front track measuring 80.63 inches and the rear measuring 82.91 inches. The overall wheelbase is 109.29 inches. The low body style and ground clearance of just 25 cm gives this car an exceptionally low center of gravity with a drag coefficient of just 0.22 and almost no body roll when cornering. The chassis is composed of a central carbon cell that is ultimately mated to tubular steel frames in the front and rear. The Trezor tips the scales at 3,527 pounds. There is no word has to what the car’s actual range is, but I’m guessing it’s probably in the area of 100 to 120 miles at best.

Conclusion

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As we move into the future, automakers need to have the kind of forward thinking that we see in the Trezor Concept. Of course, it’s not completely representative of future cars – I don’t see those furniture-inspired seats or massive wooden dash in a mass-produced car anytime soon, but the technology and the split battery packs are certainly something we’ll be seeing more of in the future. It’s only a matter of time before touchscreens replace physical buttons in cars, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We, as humans love technology, and are embracing it more than ever before. The overall setup of the display screens in the Trezor is, I believe, representative of what we’ll see in cars over the next decade.

The exterior design is a little wild, but it’s fitting for a supercar. Then again, 15 or 20 years down the road, this could end up being an everyday style – after all, most futuristic movies depict cars that look similar, so you never know. All told, this is probably the best concept to come out of Paris, with the exception of the Civic Type R Concept, but we’ve been waiting to see that thing for a long time. Good Job, Renault – this is one Concept that you nailed.

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Press Release

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At the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, Renault has unveiled Trezor – an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car that blends Renault’s warm, simple and sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving. Trezor is from the Love ‘petal’ of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy – following in the footsteps of the 2010 DeZir concept – and previews trends likely to be seen in future Renault models.

An exterior influenced by a fresh design philosophy

Trezor, a two-seater electric coupé, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012.

With its powerful styling and Passion Red coachwork, the DeZir heralded the first stage of a design strategy founded on the cycle of life: falling in love.

The Trezor goes further, by symbolising feelings of maturity and commitment. It reflects the maturity of Renault’s designs – a factor that, since 2014, has become the primary reason driving customers to purchase one of the brand’s vehicles.

“The Renault range has now been completely renewed and upgraded with a spectrum of complementary models, each one of which has its own assertive identity. With the Trezor, we have pursued this renewal by introducing a new lifecycle sequence. This concept car is the fruit of a 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.”

Laurens van den Acker – Senior Vice-President, Corporate Design

Trezor features the new Renault styling cues that are to be found across the contemporary range, namely warm, simple, sensual lines; a clearlydefined family face and C-shaped lighting signature.

The Trezor features striking red glazing and innovative carbon bodywork with contrasting surface finishes.

Smooth and silken at the front, this bodywork mirrors the car’s dynamic character. At the rear, it features hexagonal panels that underline the Trezor’s sporting temperament and technology. The metallic finish of the Trezor conveys an image that is both sleek and protective.

Its silhouette displays the classic attributes of a GT.

On the bonnet,the honeycomb-form air intake echoes the structure of the rear bodywork. These hexagonal shapes provide a variable-geometry intake, the movement of which embellishes the Trezor with extra dynamism and creates the impression that it is actually breathing.

On the left-hand side of the body, the fuel filler hatch has been replaced by an analogue gauge that indicates the vehicle’s charge level, drawing on traditional sports car practice.

At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser. This ‘rope-like’ fibre assembly provides bright, distinctive lighting. Under braking, the torsion and stacking of the optical fibres creates an interesting visual effect and increases the intensity of the light.

Design codes of the future: authenticity and modernity

Within the Trezor, there is a strong focus on evolving interior design.

The style is warm and sensual, with red as the predominant colour. The accent is on driving pleasure and extensive use is made of high-quality materials, including wood and leather. With its blend of craftsmanship, technology and a truly French touch, the cockpit offers a foretaste of the sleeker, increasingly refined interiors of future Renault models, complete with cutting-edge connectivity.

Providing a genuine link between the car’s interior and exterior, the red glazing ensures a bright, warm cabin.

The Trezor’s one-piece clamshell roof lifts much like the lid of a jewellery box to give access to the interior.

Standing just 1,080mm tall, the Trezor invites occupants to straddle the side of its body as they climb in. This style of entry is a throwback to the world of classic racing cars, where in drivers felt as one with their machines. The sporting and sensual manner of entry is accentuated by the red leather trim for the upper part of the pillar. It looks almost like a saddle, so you might be mounting a steed just as easily as getting into a car. Ingress isfacilitated by automatically reclining headrests.

The Trezor provides another surprise when you climb in, with a dashboard made from red wood that incorporates a luggage compartment at the front of the vehicle. Made-to-measure cases are held in place by leather straps and remind how travel can be an art form.

The seats’ rounded contours were inspired by the world of furniture design to create a plush, comfortable interior. Upholstered in smooth, deep-red leather, they embody the refinement of luxury goods.

The dashboard is the fruit of a partnership with the French firm KEIM-cycles, which is renowned for its custom wooden, high-performance cycle frames.

Using a high-precision process developed by KEIM-cycles, the dashboard comprises super imposed thin strips of ash. The finished article provides a level of strength comparable with that of modern composite materials and underlines the structural qualities of wood, namely light, strong, organic and warm.

The refined dashboard highlights the cabin’s modern, high-tech appointments and features a big touch-screen display.

The rectangular steering wheel opens up the driver’s field of vision and is redolent of the world of Formula 1. It features three screens, one centrally mounted featuring the logo and two touchscreen displays to either side instead of conventional stalk controls.

THE TREZOR PAVES THE WAY FOR ELECTRIC SPORTS CARS

A motor inspired by Renault’s electric vehicle expertise

Not only does Renault stand out as a pioneer of electric mobility, in addition to being Europe’s best-selling electric-vehicle manufacturer, but it also is contributing directly to the expansion of all-electric motorsport through its participation in the FIA Formula E Championship.

The Trezor’s motor derives from the Renault e.dams, two-time winner of the Formula E Teams’ world title.

With a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from stand still to 62mph in less than four seconds.

The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet.

The Trezor also incorporates a brake-operated energy recovery system, courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.

Optimal configuration for greater performance

Thanks to its batteries being located separately, one at the front and the other at the rear, the Trezor has optimal weight distribution. Its rear-wheel-drive system ensures that power is delivered to the road more efficiently to enhance driving pleasure.

The Trezor’s proportions also contribute to its engaging on-the-road manner. Its wide tracks (front: 2,048mm / rear: 2,106mm) and wheelbase (2,776mm) enhance road holding, while the ultra-low bodywork optimises aerodynamics to achieve a drag co-efficient (Cd) of just 0.22. Its centre of gravity is also particularly low (ground clearance:25cm) for greater stability and less body roll.

To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. Thanks to this work, the Trezor boasts the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm/ height: 1,080mm) while tipping the scales at just 1,600kg.

The Trezor is fitted with tailor-developed Continental® tyres, fitted to 21- and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively. A part of their tread features a pattern designed to optimise the clearance of surface water while the rest is entirely smooth to maximise grip.

THE TREZOR FEATURES FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES CONCEIVED TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

A customisable, touch-operated dash with advanced connectivity

The Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.

This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. The Trezor makes use of the latest Ultra High Definition developments. A combination of OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and Corning Gorilla®Glass has produced a thin, curved screen which, unlike LED displays,does not require backlighting. The result is superior contrast and colour reproduction, along with deeper shades of black with no halo effect.

From the moment you climb in, the screen lights up to welcome you on board and invites you to place your smartphone in a dedicated pocket beneath the armrest. The phone is immediately recognised and a greeting is displayed. The whole vehicle is scanned electronically to ensure everything is functioning correctly.

The touch-screen’s interface can be personalised. The smartphone’s apps will appear on the multimedia system’s screen and the driver can display the widgets of that he or she wishes to use on the screen positioned behind the steering wheel.

This modern yet easy-to-use interface illustrates Renault’s commitment to create vehicles that are intuitive and a pleasure to travel in.

Autonomous driving mode allows you to stay in touch while on the move

Thanks to Renault’s Multi-Sense system, the Trezor offers a choice of three driving modes: neutral, sport and autonomous. The Trezor embodies Renault’s vision of how autonomous cars can make travelling safer and more enjoyable, while allowing motorists to optimise how they use their time.

When the car is in autonomous mode, the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the lateral and rear logos, to indicate to other road users that driving has been delegated.

Formed by two leather-sheathed aluminium shafts, the steering wheel extends in width in autonomous mode. In the manner of a cinema screen, this movement symbolises a step into a whole new world of travelling.

With the wheel in this configuration, the driver also has a panoramic view of the dashboard.

In this mode, the Trezor allows occupants to use their time on a journey to stay connected. The driver and passenger are able to immerse themselves in a shared universe, perhaps by watching a film, playing a game or flicking through photographs.

Beyond 2020, Renault’s target is to make completel ysafe ‘hands-off / eyes-off’ technology available for its mainstream vehicles – at an affordable price.

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