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2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo

2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo

The ultimate ride-sharing experience

The Renault EZ-Ultimo is a futuristic concept car that the French firm unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. A fully autonomous car, the EZ-Ultimo rounds out Renault’s trilogy of concept robo-vehicles designed for shared mobility. It joins the EZ-Go and the EZ-Pro, also unveiled in 2018.

Described as a "robo-vehicle for a premium mobility experience," the EZ-Ultimo was developed for increasingly congested city traffic and to meet new urban trends in which more and more people drop personal cars in favor of shared car services. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the concept car is intended to be offered as a service for "a single trip, a circuit or a day booking" provided by premium travel companies and resorts. One of Renault’s most luxurious vehicles ever, the EZ-Ultimo previews a production car that might become available over the next decade.

Update 3/28/2019: We stopped by Renault’s booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and got some good shots of the Renault EZ-Ultimo. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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The 2019 Renault Kadjar is a Car We Can't Love or Hate

The 2019 Renault Kadjar is a Car We Can’t Love or Hate

It’s just not living up to the hype even after a facelift

The Renault Kadjar facelift comes three years after it was launched and, while it definitely looks refreshed, it just doesn’t live up to the hype it created back when it was launched in 2015. For 2019, the Kadjar even receives Renault’s latest engine, along with some changes to the inside and outside.

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2018 Renault K-ZE

2018 Renault K-ZE

Is this the electrified future?

Renault is previewing its future mini electric crossover with the K-ZE concept revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Taking a closer look at the K-ZE, it becomes immediately apparent that it is, in fact, just a dressed up Kwid (which Renault already sells in emerging markets) which has had its internal combustion powertrain swapped out for a full-electric one.

The future electric crossover will look much closer to this concept, than it will to the current Kwid, although it will maintain its basic body shape. What will set it apart visually more significantly are the new, redesigned front and rear fascias, as well as various details around the exterior. It also promises to offer “class leading” range for a vehicle in its size-bracket.

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Renault Shows Off Futuristic AEX Infotainment in Paris

Renault Shows Off Futuristic AEX Infotainment in Paris

The new era of personal assistants, Renault’s way

Renault showed off at the Paris Motor Show with its new personal assistant, the Augmented Editorial Experience, or AEX, which was developed as an A.I. that would help the driver and the other occupants of the car enjoy each trip to the fullest.

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The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show

The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show

Renault enters the fray with a small crossover for the masses

Renault premiered the grand stage with an all-electric crossover concept called K-ZE. It will eventually head to the production line and reach the masses next year. The concept looks funky, and the production version may not be very different from the concept. Given the segment Renault has slotted it in, the car will most likely fetch big sales numbers.

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The Renault EZ-Ultimo Takes Another Futuristic Approach to Driverless Mobility

The Renault EZ-Ultimo Takes Another Futuristic Approach to Driverless Mobility

The luxury limo of tomorrow is surprisingly tasteful

Renault completes the EZ line of prototypes that envision an autonomous future with the EZ Ultimo, a luxurious full-size sedan with outlandish styling for the VIPs of tomorrow.

It’s long, sleek, with a gold-and-black sci-fi bodywork and stands as Renault’s view on luxury travel in the future. The chauffeur of the EZ Ultimo, however, isn’t a person, but rather Level 4 autonomous system. It’s a change of pace for Renault whose previous two EZ concepts were rather more mundane: the compact EZ Go, a futuristic taxi, and the EZ Pro light delivery truck.

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Renault Shows Off a Baby Electric SUV that Goes by the Name K-ZE and Displays Some Future Technology

Renault Shows Off a Baby Electric SUV that Goes by the Name K-ZE and Displays Some Future Technology

Previews future production crossover EV

Renault has unveiled the K-ZE Concept at the Paris motor show, a small all-electric crossover study that previews a future production model. It is part of Renault’s plan to electrify its core range by 2020, which includes plug-in versions of the Megane and Captur and a hybrid version of the Clio.

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2017 Renault Zoe

2017 Renault Zoe

A new battery adds significantly more miles to the car’s range

The Renault Zoe came to be in 2012, as part of the company’s Z.E. electric car initiative that also includes the Twizy city car and the Kangoo Z.E. compact panel van. Originally launched with a 22 kWh battery that returned a 93-mile range, the Zoe received a second battery good for 150 miles in 2015. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Renault announced the introduction of a brand-new battery for the Zoe. Boasting 41 kWh of useful energy, the new stack returns an NEDC driving range of 250 miles and a real-world range of up to 186 miles.

Set to go on sale in 2017, the updated Zoe will hit the streets in the same form as the original hatchback. Aside from the new battery and upgraded infotainment apps, the Zoe will carry over unchanged inside and out. However, the new battery makes it the most capable, affordable electric car on the market, at least until the Opel Ampera-e lands in showrooms.

The updated electric arrived just as Renault sold its 100,000th Zoe, an impressive achievement in this market. Although not as popular as the Leaf, which sold more than 230,000 units globally as of 2016 (note that the Leaf is also offered in the U.S.), the Zoe is the best-selling hybrid in France and a notable competitor for the Nissan in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Will the more powerful battery make a difference and boost Zoe sales in Europe? Let’s have a closer look at the numbers before we draw a conclusion.

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2016 Renault Trezor

2016 Renault Trezor

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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Renault Zoe Debuts In Paris With Record 250-Mile NED Range

Renault Zoe Debuts In Paris With Record 250-Mile NED Range

That’s more than double what some of its competitors are offering!

Normally, a car like the Renault Zoe doesn’t generate the same type of excitement in auto shows compared to those limited edition supercars that pop up every so often. But, when it’s said that the Renault Zoe promises something that no other car of its kind can do, that’s when it becomes a lot more interesting. Such is the case at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where Renault unveiled the Z.E. 40 battery-powered Zoe EV that packs a record NED cycle-certified 250-mile range, or the equivalent of 186 miles in real-world traffic conditions.

The range figure may not be as high as the 315-mile range of the Tesla Model S P100D or the 238-mile range of the Bolt, but it completely laps the field against its more direct competitors, including the Fiat 500e (87 miles), Kia Soul EV (93 miles), and Volkswagen e-Golf (83 miles). That’s an impressive feat brought about by the automaker’s groundbreaking Z.E. 40 battery’s high-energy density lithium-ion technology that Renault developed in collaboration with LG Chem.

Together, the two companies were able to devise a method that resulted in the increase of energy density in the battery cells, all while retaining the battery’s physical characteristics, and improving its overall safety and reliability. The result is a battery that has 41kWh of usable energy, close to double the capacity of the battery being used by the current model. It also allows for quick recharging. In fact, with a 30-minute charge, the battery can recoup an extra 50 miles of range, which if you do the math, already accounts for 60 percent of the Soul EV and e-Golf’s overall battery range.

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Renault Trezor Concept Previews Future Design Language

Renault Trezor Concept Previews Future Design Language

Also confirms new electric drivetrains and autonomous drive

The Paris Motor Show has always been a place for stunning concept cars, and this year’s edition is no exception. Among the futuristic design showcased in France, there’s the Renault Trezor, an all-electric grand tourer concept that preview trends likely to be seen in future production models.

Essentially an evolution of the styling cues seen on the DeZir a few years back, the Trezor is a long and sleek two-door that is just 42.5 inches tall. This figure not only gives it a sporty stance, but also makes it one of the most aerodynamic designs with a drag co-efficient (Cd) of just 0.22. But, the Trezor isn’t just about futuristic looks. It also has a carbon-fiber body, a clamshell roof reminiscent of classic sports cars, and innovative fiber-optic lighting integrating a red laser into the taillights.

The concept also showcases an interesting take on interior design, featuring a red wood dashboard, deep-red leather upholstery, and red glazing on the windows. Under the hood, it hides an electric motor derived from the unit used by Renault e.dams in Formula E, as well as a brake-operated energy recovery system. The electric motor sends 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. Curb weight is of only 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds), which should make the Trezor pretty quick from 0 to 60 mph. Much like any modern concept car, it also features an autonomous driving mode.

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2010 Renault DeZir

2010 Renault DeZir

Let’s face it, Renault is a brand consisting of family cars, and besides the new Gordini models, there is nothing in the line-up that inspires sportiness. But the new DeZir concept that was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show seemed to be the exception to that rule. The concept is the first work of Renault’s new chief designer, Laurent van den Acker, and represents a mid-engined, gullwing electric coupe.

The new DeZir concept features a new front-end design that previews the new front-end identity of the next Renault models. The headlights take the form of backlit prisms and the perforated ’eyelids’ add to this high-tech feel and contribute to DeZir’s specific lighting signature. Rear lighting is provided by an illuminated, seemingly floating strip and the Renault logo is highlighted by backlighting through the fins of the grille and consequently appears to hover in the middle of this space.

DeZir is powered by an electric motor mounted in a mid-rear position to optimize weight distribution over the front and rear wheels. The vertically-mounted 24kW/h lithium-ion battery is located behind the benchseat and provides the car with a range of 160km. The new concept can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds, and from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in just two seconds.

UPDATE 10/29/2010: Renault is considering offering a production version of their Dezir electric concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. During a recent test drive of the concept, Renault announced that building the car will not be such a complicated job: there already is an appropriate platform (that of the Mégane Trophy), production of the electric drive technology is almost ready and there is the Renault sport division’s experience in building cars in a limited edition. In addition to this production vehicle, Renault also announced that a spider version or a race version may also be a possibility.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Zoe Preview

2010 Renault Zoe Preview

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Renault brought the Zoe ZE concept. At this year’s Paris Auto Show the company brings the Zoe Preview, a second version of the electric Zoe, that get a little bit closer to the production car.

The Zoe Preview is powered by an electric motor that delivers 80 HP and 222 NM of torque. The Z.E. would be charged at home or at a publically-accessible charging point. A full charge will take between 3.5 and 8 hours. In emergency, when the customer needs to charge the battery quickly, they can connect via a public fast charge point. This will give 37 miles range in less than 10 minutes or 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.

The Zoe Preview will be offered with a few equipment package geared to ensuring the wellbeing of its occupants: skin hydration that adjusts the humidity level inside the car to optimize the comfort of its occupants, Detox effect and stimulating or relaxing scent diffuser.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Renault Laguna

2011 Renault Laguna

Renault brought out the Laguna 3 in 2007, and after only three years of production, they are co,ming out with a facelift version for the coupe. The Renault Laguna lift-back and Sports Tourer will both be getting a little work done before they are displayed at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. The new versions will go on sale across Europe in November.

The facelifted Laguna will be getting a more aggressive front end design, including new headlamps and a restyled bumper featuring a more prominent grille. It will be available in the dCi 180 engine and will contain the 4Control four-wheel steering system.

And following the new Euro5 emissions standards set, the new Renault Laguna will feature Euro 5 engines and lower CO2 on all engines (including the dCi 110 which emits 10 grams of CO2 less than the previous model).

The Laguna will also have technology spread throughout the interior with a Carminat TomTom Live® navigation system and Bose® sound system.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Laguna Coupe

2009 Renault Laguna Coupe

Renault has chosen the glamorous weekend which sees the Cannes Film Festival coincide with the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix to take the wraps off Laguna Coupe. The flowing lines of the newcomer’s elegant, uncluttered design express timeless beauty and the promise of sheer motoring enjoyment.

Its performance provides unprecedented pleasure behind the wheel thanks to the combination of its Active Drive chassis equipped with four-wheel steering – which has been acclaimed by the media across Europe on the GT version of Renault Laguna – and the two new V6 powerplants which have been introduced at the same time as this image-forging vehicle. The brand new V6 dCi, which is poised to become a benchmark in terms of performance and pleasure, delivers 235hp (173kW), while the new 3.5-litre petrolpowered V6 offers 240hp (175kW). Laguna Coupe stands out as an inspiring, fourseater with genuine sensual appeal and will be shown in further detail at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show in October.

Renault Laguna Coupe bears a close resemblance to the racy concept car revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, while its elegant styling and proportions boast all the hallmarks associated with truly exceptional coupes. Its distinctive front end suggests the presence under the bonnet of the finest Renault-Nissan Alliance engines which have been designed and developed to ensure supreme driving enjoyment. Indeed, Renault Laguna Coupe is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100kph in less than seven seconds, and this upper-range performance combines with the Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering to deliver optimum pleasure at the wheel.

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2009 Renault Megane

2009 Renault Megane

The new generation Megane made in world debut in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show. Sales started from November 2008. The new Megane is being offered with a choice of two petrol engines and six Diesel engines. There are five different versions on the market: Authentique, Expression, Carminat, Dynamique and Privilège. New Mégane Hatch prices will range from €18,400 to €25,600.

New Renault Mégane exudes a sense of robustness and perceived quality. This impression is heightened by the generous surface area and curvaceous forms of the body panels. Seen from the side, the feature line extends the crease of the slightly prominent front wings rearward to emphasize the car’s broad, solid shoulders. The wide track dimensions (1.55m) ensure that the car sits squarely on the road, and this sense of stability is underlined by the steeply-raked rear screen and, indeed, by the entire rearend design. New Renault Mégane’s proportions, the form of the beltline and the large door panels exude a feeling of protection.

Renault New Mégane’s interior is extensively equipped with practical, comfort-enhancing features. These include combined analogue/digital instruments incorporating a new, easier to read colour-coded cruise control/speed limiter interface. The list continues with a host of equipment normally associated with the next segment up, such as hands-free entry and ignition, automatic locking as the driver walks away from the car, a Carminat Bluetooth® DVD navigation system and a custom-developed audio system (3D Sound by Arkamys®).

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Megane Trophy

2009 Renault Megane Trophy

The third model in Renault’s line-up at the Paris Auto Show is the Mégane Trophy, a concept that takes its inspiration from the lines of new Mégane Coupe.

Under its composite outer skin, new Mégane Trophy features the same mechanicals as the current car, including an FIA-homologated sports-prototype tubular chassis, a mid-rear V6 3.5 24V engine, a semiautomatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift, double wishbone suspension with adjustable dampers and 18-inch wheels and Michelin tires.

A new inlet manifold, which is fed by roof-mounted air-ducts, has taken engine power from 330 to 360hp. Renault claims that the aerodynamic gains and the extra power output of the V6 3.5 24V engine will enable new Mégane Trophy to lap in times similar to those of a Porsche GT3.

To all those who are drooling over this now, remember even if the Trophy does make it to production, Renault is still keeping its hand out of the North American market.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Renault Megane Coupe

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

Renault unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the production version of the Mégane Coupé Concept unveiled at the Geneva Show in the spring of 2008.

New Renault Mégane Coupe is equally inspired by the passion associated with the automobile. Its extremely dynamic frontal-styling looks feature a grille comprising two outer air-scoops picked out by a satin-finish chrome trim that runs either side of logo, as well as a central air-intake incorporating a mattblack crossbar. The headlamps, which prolong the lines of the two air-scoops, provide the vehicle with a strong, clear personality. The crease lines of the bonnet sweep up the bonnet to the windscreen pillars and continue via the raked windscreen and sloping roofline to produce a particularly dynamic silhouette.

The dCi 85 and dCi 105 engines, which have been widely praised for the performance and driving pleasure they deliver, have been joined by the dCi 90 and the particulate filter-equipped dCi 110. Every one of these engines emits less than 120g of CO2/km (118g/km for dCi 85 et 90, 120g/km for dCi 105 and 110) while the new dCi 130 profits from the dCi range’s most advanced technology in terms of combustion and turbocharging to return CO2 emissions of just 135g/km.

Depending on market, the petrol range available for New Mégane and New Mégane Coupe will comprise the 1.6 16V 110hp, as well as the 2.0 16V 140hp and the TCe 180. The 2.0 16V will be available from launch with a six-speed manual gearbox, while continuously variable transmission will be introduced with this powerplant at a later date. Renault’s latest petrol engine, the TCe 130 will be added to the catalogue in the spring of 2009.

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