2020 Renault MORPHOZ concept
Renault, like all other automakers, were forced to skip the Geneva Motor Show, but that sure didn’t stop it from unveiling what will probably be written in history as the weirdest futuristic concept of 2020. The Morphoz is, essentially, a vehicle that can transform based on range need, from a shorter, city car to a longer travel car. It sounds like the Morphoz will be a city car by default and would require you to stop by a station and swap to a larger battery if you plan to take a longer trip. The batteries, whether in the car or not, will be used to power infrastructure when not in use. I tend to speak too soon about a lot of things, but I’m going to come right out and say that this thing will never see production, but it could represent the future of automobiles, so here’s what you need to know about it.
2019 Renault Clio
The much anticipated new 2019 Renault Clio city car finally showed its face. In an effort to move towards the premium spectrum of the city car segment (you know, where the A1 and the Mini reside), the new Renault Clio gained many of the design traits from the latest line of Renault vehicles such as the Talisman sedan and the Megane hatch. It showed its face before the imminent reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and it is a fundamentally better car than before. Yet, with the new platform, new engines, new interior, and new dimensions come new thinking as well. The new Clio is actually shorter compared to the predecessor. Lower too. But roomier inside. Somehow, Renault engineers achieved the Tardis effect with the new Cio and I will tell you how. First things first. Why the hell does it look so similar to its predecessor?
Updated 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the Renault Clio that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
2018 Renault EZ-GO
Renault has been big on the whole EV self-driver thing for the past few years now, pulling the sheets on several SYMBIOZ concepts back in 2017. The EZ-GO is the latest follow-up, offering the same drivetrain and autonomous tech as before, but with an extra dash of shared mobility services and connected features to boot. The result is a vision of the future of urban mobility, promising improvements to both energy efficiency and quality of life.
Continue reading to learn more about the Renault EZ-GO.
2017 Renault Alpine A110
It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years. The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and there.
As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door "Berlinette" was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship. All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.
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2017 Renault Scenic
Five years ago, Renault brought the Renault R-Space Concept to the Geneva Auto Show. This year, we saw what appeared to be the same concept sitting at Renault’s stand. Was it déjà vu? Nope. We were actually looking at the next-generation Renault Scenic. That’s right, Renault took its famed R-space concept and used it as a basis for the newest Scenic.
Oddly enough, Renault kept a lot of to styling from the concept when it made the new Scenic. There were, of course, changes made to make it production ready, but as you can see from our main display image, it’s not that far off. In fact, as far as first impressions go, one might argue that it actually looks better than the R-Space concept. How often do we say that about a concept turned production model? Not very often at all.
Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, said, “We wanted the new SCENIC to break new ground. It is a sexier and more modern take on the MPV which carries over the outstanding modularity that has been paramount to the success of the model’s three previous generations over the past 20 years. Its proportions and large-diameter wheels draw inspiration from the R-Space concept car.”
You’ve got to hand it to Renault when it comes to the new Scenic. It’s slated to be the bomb diggity of the MPV segment, and if the interior is as stylish as the exterior, it won’t have a hard time living up to that hype. The original Scenic virtually invented the MPV marketplace and has held its rank rather well over the years. So, will the new Scenic continue to be a leader of the MPV segment? Well, we have some new pictures and lots of information, so let’s dive on in and find out for ourselves.
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2016 Renault Megane Estate
The fourth-generation Renault Megane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its Japanese cousin, the French hatchback is quite exciting to look at thanks to the brand’s new design DNA, which debuted on the Talisman midsize sedan. The new Megane also received a new GT version, which is not as powerful as the RS, but features a sportier body kit and a dual-clutch gearbox. With the entire hatchback lineup already in dealerships, Renault has introduced the Megane Estate at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Essentially a longer version of the hatch with extra legroom for rear-seat passengers and a bigger trunk, the Megane Estate will look to give wagon versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus a run for their money. With a dynamic, elegant design, fuel-efficient engines, technology usually found in higher segments, and a sporty GT variant, the new Megane Estate is a significant departure from it predecessor. But does it have what it takes to take the iconic Golf Variant down in Europe? Read our review to find out.
Updated 03/07/2016: We added a series of new images plus full specifications details on the new Renault Megane Estate.
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2016 Renault Alpine Vision Concept
Introduced in 1961, the original Alpine A110 has attained legendary status thanks to its lightweight, sporty design and numerous wins in the World Rally Championship. Discontinued in 1977, four years after Alpine was purchased by Renault, the A110 is about to return with a modern design and state-of-the-art underpinnings. However, while it was announced in 2012, the sports car designed to revive the Alpine brand has yet to arrive. Instead, the French built a couple of concept vehicles. The A110-50 was shown in 2012, while the Celebration concept was unveiled ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans as a near-production-ready study.
Come 2016, and it turns out that the Celebration concept wasn’t the last Alpine concept to come from the Dieppe-based shop. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show right around the corner, the French introduced the Alpine Vision concept — a refined, production-friendly version of the Celebration concept. According to Alpine, this new concept will share about 80 percent of its design with the production model, which means it’s our best look at the upcoming A110 sports car yet. Needless to say, the new concept looks very similar to our own rendering of the production car.
There’s no word as to when the new Alpine will break cover, but Renault did say that a production model will be unveiled over the next 12 months. My best guess is that an official launch will occur by the end of the year with sales to commence in 2017. The sports car will initially go on sale in Europe before becoming available in other markets. It’s not yet known whether the A110 will cross the pond to the U.S., but that’s not very likely given that Renault is no longer present on these shores. Until we find out more about that, make sure you have a closer look at the latest Alpine concept below.
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Established as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini, Renaultsport has been responsible for developing and building the brand’s high-performance and racing vehicles since 1976. Motorsport highlights included the Le Mans-winning A442 (1978), the Dakar-winning 20 Turbo 4x4 (1982) and the tiny 5 Turbo, but the performance division also built a bevy of road-going cars using its race-bred technology. Having set a Nurburgring record for FWD cars with the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, (now apparently beaten by the new Honda Civic Type R), Renaultsport decided to focus on creating a more powerful version of the Clio RS 200. The end result goes by the name RS 220 Trophy and it just made its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Although it’s unlikely it will be used to set new track benchmarks, the RS 220 Trophy trumps its direct competitors on paper, thanks to its beefed-up turbocharged four-cylinder. Its tweaked chassis also recommends it as potent track toy, but does it have what it takes to leave a mark in a segment dominated by cheaper offerings from Volkswagen and Ford?
Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC.
While Renault has been mostly known as a manufacturer of quirky MPVs and not SUVs or crossovers – unlike alliance partner Nissan, for example – the French carmaker has recently tasted success in these segments, courtesy of the Koleos and Captur compact crossovers. That said, the Renault-Nissan Alliance recently decided to gain a better foothold in the crossover/SUV market by launching the Renault Kadjar, which will be slotted between the aforementioned two models.
Based on the "C/D" version of the new CMF (Common Module Family) platform, the Kadjar is almost identical underneath its sheet metal to the successful Nissan Qashqai, which is now in its second generation. Design-wise, the model is closer to its little brother, the Renault Captur, meaning that the Kadjar will play more on its seduction card when going for a piece of the action in the compact crossover segment. The model set to be sold globally in almost all Renault markets, and it will be the first Renault to be manufactured in China, starting in 2016.
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We’re quite aware that the Geneva Motor Show is going to be a busy time in the industry. With so many debuts that are scheduled during the show, it’s easy to see a lot of models get lost in the shuffle.
That’s the nature of an event like Geneva, but one car we know is going to get its well-deserved shine is the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP.
The special edition model is going to make its debut in Geneva and while we do admire the look of the Clio RS’standard guise, we’re a little disappointed that the Clio RS Monaco GP didn’t carry a little more modifications to it.
From what this single photo of the Clio RS Monaco GP is showing us, the car is sporting an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint finish with some nice glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and the lower section of the front bumper. Those are some pretty slick details and further highlighted by a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys.
No interior photos have been released, but word has it that the Clip RS Monaco GP will be sporting a white dashboard and door panels to go with Renault’s RS Monitor that lets drivers record lap times and carry other performance data.
Power comes by way of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Taken into consideration the Clip RS Monaco GP can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Renault Clio RS
Renault’s plans of establishing a name for itself in the sports hatchback market came to a head at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, as the French automaker debuted the Clio GT.
Unfortunately, the Clio GT doesn’t come close to approaching the performance credentials of the 200-horsepower Clio RS 200 Turbo that was introduced late last year. But fret not, because Renault and its sports car division, RenaultSport, did some justice to the car’s engine to justify giving it the GT name.
Although Renault said that the Clio RS 200 and the Clio GT 120 share similar technical credentials, including turbocharged downsized petrol engines, EDC dual-clutch six-speed multi-mode transmission, steering-column-mounted gear shift paddles, and specific chassis settings, the former’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine’s output of 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque is more powerful than the GT’s likely output of 120 horsepower.
In the Clio GT’s corner though is that its engine comes equipped with direct fuel-injection while also having an EDC transmission whose gear shifts deliver dynamic performance credentials. On top of all that, the Clio GT’s powerplant features significantly lower CO2 emissions of only 120g/km and a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 5.2 liters/100km (45.2 mpg).
Aerodynamically, the Clio GT was developed with a slew of new components, including a new front bumper, a more pronounced grille, new door and mirror trims, larger air vents, and newly configured LED daytime running lights that now find themselves moved into the spoiler.
French automaker, Renault, is headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with a bevy of new models that, moving forward, will most likely head to production status.
One of them is Scenic XMOD, a B-segment MPV that provides crossover-type looks designed to attract a younger and hipper market, and who are we to go against the Renault’s strategy?
There seems to be growing clamoring for MPVs these days, although with the caveat that they’re not really some of the most fanciful vehicles available in the market. Still, there’s strong interest in the type and Renault wants to take advantage of it by offering a vehicle that passes the eye test in more ways than one.
Plus, it should also have a variety of engine options that will be right in line with what the market looks for. Having said all of that, the Scenic XMOD will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll be able to know the full details about the vehicle.
For now, click past the jump to read about what we think about Renault’s new MPV.
Renault showed up to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with the cool Captur — a concept car with a very futuristic design language first seen on the DeZir Concept. Nothing much was said about this concept’s production, much like every other concept, but today Renault announced that the production version Captur will be unveiled in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The production version takes both the spirit and the name of the concept and combines them with elements from the new generation Clio hatchback.
The new Captur will be built on the same platform as the new Clio, but it will feature "a high-up driving position, large boot, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions." Under the hood the model will be offered with the same engine line-up as the new Clio, so customers will have to choose between both petrol and diesel engines.
After the Captur, Renault will be unveiling a larger SUV based on the Nissan Quashqai.
Updated 01/11/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Renault Captur.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show press days are officially over, which would typically mean that the debuts have also come to an end, but Renault has chosen to go against the grain by unveiling a very cool Clio special edition after the fact. The new Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 was built as a tribute to Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1, and will be offered in limited edition to just five European countries. It will be priced at €27,900 (about $36,600 at the current exchange rates).
The new Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 is painted in a very cool Profond Black combined with Sirius Yellow F1-style blade, door mirror housings, and a diffuser. It has also been equipped with a set of 18" black Interlagos wheels wrapped around Bridgestone RE050A tires, the same as those fitted on the Megane R.S. Trophy which established a new lap record round the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in June 2011. Under the hood of the special edition Clio is a 2.0 liter engine that delivers a total of 203 HP - or more than 100 Hp per liter.
The list of standard equipment includes: automatic climate control, automatic headlight activation, a hands-free card, yellow fabric Recaro bucket seats, a Renault Sport-badged gear lever knob, a personalized numbered plaque, and an audio connection box.
Renault’s futuristic design language first made an appearance at the 2010 Paris Motor Show with the DeZir Concept. The mid-engined, gullwing electric coupe brought something new to the table for Renault, capturing the world’s imagination with its new design philosophy and giving the French automaker the props it so rightfully deserved.
Fast forward to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the place where Renault officially launched its latest concept vehicle called the CAPTUR. Following the design language of the DeZir, the CAPTUR is a sports crossover concept that comes fully loaded with state of the art features and materials that have never been used in current production cars.
Talking about the CAPTUR’s overall design, it continues what the DeZir started with its simple, sensuous, and warm style that will progressively extend to future Renault car designs.
In concept form, it’s about as awesome as we thought it would be.
More details on the Renault Captur Concept after the jump.
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).
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Renault has unveiled a new Monaco GP package at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This package is available for the Megane Coupe and Megane RS models. The new models will be offered in a limited edition with only 14 countries scheduled to receive it. The Monaco GP edition can be ordered in elegance, sport, and style versions, priced from €27,300 ($37,742 at the current rates).
The Monaco GP package was first offered in 2010 for the Laguna Coupe model and featured the same black and white color scheme as found on the new Megane Monaco GP. The pearlescent white paint was developed specially for these models. Other features include the Etoilé black body components (including the side mirrors, rear diffuser, and fog-lamp surrounds), black headlight masks, and "Monaco GP" badge work on the sides. The interior also gets a pearlescent white cabin, Monaco GP" stitching on the seats, a numbered plate, and "Monaco GP" protective mats.
Updated 03/01/2011: This review has been updated with new images, details, and official prices.
Hit the jump to read more about the Renault Megane Monaco GP.
After the Twingo and Clio have received the Renault Sport transformation, the Wind Gordini has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Like with the other two models, the new Wind Gordini will be distinguished by a Malta blue bodywork with two white stripes, and Glacier white door mirrors, grille trim, and rear wing. A glossy black roof is also added to refine the look the car, as do the 17" black diamond alloy wheels and "G" badge.
The interior also gets special “Gordini” black and blue leather upholstery, blue and white door straps, a blue leather steering wheel with white stripes at the top, a gear lever with a leather gaiter, and a metal knob with the Gordini name.
Everything under the hood of the Renault Wind will remain the same which isn’t a bit surprising considering the Gordini line is limited to exterior and interior updates for the other models as well.
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Renault extended the Megane family today with the addition of two new sporting models: Megane GT and Megane GT Line. Available for Hatchback, Coupé, Estate and Coupé-Cabriolet versions, the GT line will go on sale in June 2010.
The GT Line models are distinguished by: sports chassis settings,
restyled front and rear bumpers, 17-inch Celsium aluminum alloy wheels (GT Line) or 18-inch Jetow wheels (GT), Megane R.S.-specification seats with specific GT cloth upholstery and extra lateral support, aluminum pedal set and a dark charcoal interior trim with polished carbon highlights and bespoke badging on the grille and tailgate/bootlid.
Press release after the jump.
The latest addition to the Megane lineup will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet features an oversized high gloss black glass roof contrasting with the satin effect chrome windscreen frame. The glass roof features a fully automatic, electro hydraulic opening mechanism that will lower the top in just 21 seconds.
The cabriolet is offered with a choice of three petrol engines with outputs ranging from 110 HP to 140 HP and three diesel engines cranking out anywhere from 110 HP to 160 HP; all mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.
Press release after the jump.