At the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, Renault unveiled a number of new cars. First up is their Trezor – an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car. Renault say that the Trezor is from the Love ‘petal’ of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy. That it’s warm, simple and sensual lines combine with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving. Now while their press release may sound a bit like a “Mills and Boon” novel; what is important, is that the Trezor is likely a preview of the trends which we will likely see in future Renault models.
“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
Continuing with the electric theme – because Renault are Europe’s number one seller of electric vehicles; Renault has unveiled their new ZOE. It’s part of their stepped up innovation programme and the deployment of its Z.E. strategy (Zero Emissions). Now fitted with the new Z.E. 40 battery, the Renault ZOE now delivers a record NEDC driving range of 400KM which is twice the distance delivered by the model at the time of its original launch. In real-world driving, Renault estimates the new Z.E. 40 battery has a range of 300KM in urban or suburban areas.
“This month Renault surpassed 100,000 electric vehicles sold and now ZOE will travel up to 400KM without recharging. We are continuing to push in areas where innovation matters most for Renault customers. Making it easy for them to choose electric, with new connected services to enhance their driving experience, is a top priority for us and for ZOE customers.” – Carlos Ghosn – Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO
The range offered today by the new ZOE is the longest of any mainstream all-electric vehicle and motorists can take advantage of this step forward now. The ZOE is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe and provides a real alternative to internal combustion- engine cars, since average daily commuting distances are well within the ZOE’s capabilities. The new battery removes the final psychological barrier that stands in the way of buying an electric car, so-call ‘range anxiety’, since ZOE users can now travel further and enjoy a wider variety of driving situations without worry about charging.
“Renault has added a new dimension to the world of electric vehicles now that the ZOE’s range stands at 400km NEDC. It’s a breakthrough in all-electric motoring that will provide the range needed to make any motorist comfortable choosing electric.” – Eric Feunteun – Vice President, Electric Vehicle Programme
The All-New Koleos rounds out Renault’s high-end model range by blending the rugged style of an SUV with the elegant refinement of a large saloon. This bona fide D-segment SUV incorporates all of the traditional features expected in its class. Due to arrive in Ireland during summer 2017, the All-New Koleos boasts a powerful stance that sets it apart from its rivals, while also providing a comfortable, well-appointed interior that offers class-leading space for passengers, including 289mm of rear knee room. Standard equipment is shared with other high-end Renault models, such as the R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet. Benefiting from the latest four-wheel drive technology and ground clearance of 213mm, the All-New Koleos complements its exceptional refinement with all-terrain ability. Conceived and meticulously thought through to meet the demands of exacting customers on every continent, the new Koleos comes at a time when SUVs are enjoying strong growth in many markets. For many consumers, this will be their first opportunity to experience Renault in their segment of choice.
Finally, FIA Formula E Teams’ champion Renault e.dams today revealed the dynamic new livery it will use to defend its team and driver crown in the 2016/17 championship. The champions unveiled a livery featuring a vivid blue colour with flashes of bright yellow that will make the Renault Z.E.16 stand out from the Formula E pack. The new livery will be on show at the Renault stand in the Paris Motorshow from tomorrow, alongside the Renault Sport Formula One Team R.S.16 car that currently contests the FIA Formula One World Championship.