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New Renault Small SUV Concept Might Debut At Auto Expo 2018 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concept, India, renault, Renault Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 10th, 2018


Fueled by the success of the $4,700 Kwid, Renault is now looking into yet another small and low-priced SUV, aimed at India and other emerging markets.

A report coming from LiveMint, which is quoting sources familiar with the matter, states that the new vehicle might debut as early as next month, as a concept, at the Auto Expo 2018 event, which starts on February 9.

The study is expected to evolve into a production model and arrive next year. It will be a sub-4-meter product, which should catch consumers attention, as cars that are shorter than 4 meters (13ft) are more affordable to buy in India due to lower taxes.

Development of the yet-unnamed vehicle is reportedly taking place at the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Research and Development center in Chennai, the birthplace of the Kwid.

In other related news, it seems that Renault is also working on something called “a premium hatchback”. We’ll take the ‘premium’ part with a grain of salt, but it appears that this one will be sub-4-meter as well, and it could also make its way as a concept to the Auto Expo 2018, prior to its 2019 launch, when it should be underpinned by a modified version of the CMF-A architecture, shared with the Datsun Redi-Go.

Note: Renault Kwid pictured

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Renault Builds Symbioz Prototype, Says It’s The Future Of Mobility [w/Video] 8
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, Tech, video on 12 8th, 2017


After unveiling the Symbioz concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Renault is now giving journalists the chance to climb inside an actual prototype and go for a test drive.

According to Renault, this is the first rolling prototype built to be autonomous from the ground up, setting us up to experience the year 2023, in the present.

Aside from featuring Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, meaning you can take your mind off the road, the Symbioz is also a zero emissions vehicle, powered by two electric motors, and fully connected.

“You cannot re-imagine the future of mobility until you’ve been in the SYMBIOZ demo car. Our engineering and design teams have pushed into the next decade with an autonomous car that lets you experience a new kind of mobility.”

“Electric and connected, this working concept car is designed from the outset to challenge old paradigms about getting from place to place. We’re excited to show the world our vision – and to let them sample the future of Renault,” said the automaker’s product engineering VP, Gaspar Gascon Abellan.

The demo car’s two electric motors are located on the rear axle, and work together with Renault’s 4Control all-wheel steering system, offering improved dynamics on the road. In terms of specs, the prototype delivers 360 kW (489 PS) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque continuously, although the maximum power is rated at 500 kW (680 PS) and 660 Nm (486 lb-ft) of torque. The result of that is a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6 seconds flat.

While the prototype features a 72kWh battery back, the architecture itself can accommodate batteries with a capacity of up to 100kWh. As for charge times, you can juice them up to 80% in less than half an hour.

The Symbioz measures 4.92 meters (16.1 ft) long, 1.92 meters (6.3 ft) wide and 1.44 meters (4.2 ft) high, with a wheelbase of 3.07 meters (10 feet). It’s quite a large car, and thanks to its styling (the vast glazed upper), it will let ample light into the cabin while optimizing exterior visibility.

Speaking of styling, the exterior has a wide range of aerodynamic features, such as the vertical air intakes, side wind deflectors and a roof spoiler (deploys automatically in Dynamic mode). Beneath the design, you’ll find Lidars concealed in the front headlights and rear bumper, radars and ultrasound sensors behind the bodywork, a front camera, rear camera and lateral cameras hidden in the door handles.

Inside, there is no center console and the air vent system has been designed to achieve a flat floor. Meanwhile, storage areas in the dashboard have been moved to free up space on the sides and the door panels have been optimized with built-in lighting.

The entire cabin layout of the Symbioz demo car changes automatically according to which driving mode you’ve selected. In AD mode, the steering wheel and dashboard move back 12 cm (4.7 inches), while Dynamic mode offers the driver additional lateral support for a bucket seat feel, while changing engine, steering and chassis settings. As for Classic mode, that’s the standard mode, where everything is positioned like in a conventional car.

If you want to let the car do all the driving, you can relax and use the Symbioz’s virtual reality experience. Just put on the helmet and go on a virtual journey. It’s important to note that the system makes sure to reproduce the speed, trajectory, position on the road as well as the surrounding vehicles in real time so as to provide a comfortable experience.

According to Renault, the Symbioz demo car was developed simultaneously alongside the concept car, with partners such as LG and Ubisoft providing technical expertise. The next step for the French automaker will be to offer Level 2 autonomous driving in one of their cars in the year 2019, while Level 4-ready models will appear starting in 2022, pending government regulatory approvals.

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Renault Subtil Study Is A Transformable Pickup And SUV From The Far Future 12
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Concepts, Renderings, Trucks on 11 12th, 2017


The Renault Subtil was drawn to bridge the gap between SUVs and pickup trucks in the world of tomorrow.

Unfortunately, Renault isn’t planning on building this thing anytime soon. What you’re looking at is a rendering by artist Wojciech Jurkowski. In his own words, the Subtil is meant to give city folk the chance to “look for peaceful, quiet places among mountains and rivers,” and spend time “sightseeing or doing sports in the fresh air.”

If you look at the blueprints, you’ll see that the Subtil automatically converts from an SUV to a pickup, with various configurations available. It was designed to be transformed from a 4 seater with a standard luggage compartment, to a two-seater with a large luggage compartment and a two-seater with space for sports equipment (like a bike or a snowmobile). You can also put the car in autopilot mode and convert the interior into a bedroom.

The designer says you can setup the cabin in any way you want, while thanks to the car’s 360 camera system, you can use VR 3D glasses to check out the surrounding scenery.

As for what’s powering this concept, it’s 4 independent electric motors located inside the wheels, which makes sense for this type of vehicle.

All together, the Renault Subtil sounds like a very efficient and advanced means of transportation. However, we don’t see it going off-road – it basically has no ground clearance, no thanks to those massive wheel covers.

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Steve Sutcliffe Samples Electrifying 455HP Renault Zoe E-Sport On The Track 16
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Zoe, reviews on 09 16th, 2017


Renault unveiled the Zoe E-sport concept earlier this year in Geneva, and we've been wanting them to put this little monster in production ever since.
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Renault Unveils Symbioz Concept, A Car That Comes With A House 12
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concept, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, renault, Renault Concepts, Tech on 09 12th, 2017


The Renault Symbioz Concept represents the automaker's vision for mobility beyond the year 2030, when vehicles will be able to fully interact with connected homes, cities and road infrastructures.
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Renault Tackles The Future Of Mobility With New Symbioz Concept 4
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, video on 09 4th, 2017


Renault has released the first teaser that previews an entirely new concept car, called the Symbioz, which will celebrate its premiere in Frankfurt, next week.
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Renault’s Mad Zoe E-Sport Is A 460hp Pocket Rocket That Begs For Production 5
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, Renault Zoe, video on 08 5th, 2017


Hardcore petrolheads tend to hate electric vehicles, but most of them would change their minds if car makers started making cars like this: the Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept.
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Is The Renault Trezor 2017’s Most Beautiful Concept? 3
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Concorso d'Eleganza, Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Concepts, Reports on 06 3rd, 2017


Renault's all-electric Trezor concept has just walked away with the 'Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year' award, earned recently at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.
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Renault’s RS 2027 Is A Vision For Future F1 Cars 19
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, F1, Motorsport, racing, renault, Renault Concepts, Shanghai Auto Show on 04 19th, 2017


Is this what F1 cars will look like in a decade? Well, Renault seems to think so, taking the wraps off the RS 2027 Vision concept at the Shanghai Auto Show.
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Renault To Unwrap RS 2027 Vision F1 Concept In Shanghai 6
Apr
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, renault, Renault Concepts, Shanghai Auto Show on 04 6th, 2017


Renault has competed in Formula One racing for nearly 40 years now. That's given the French manufacturer a wealth of insight into the sport's progress. And it aims to forecast the next step with the new RS 2027 Vision concept.
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Renault Unveils Ultra-Fast ZOE e-sport Concept [w/Video] 7
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, new cars, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, Renault Zoe, video on 03 7th, 2017


Renault's new ZOE e-sport concept was just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, boasting no fewer than 460 PS (455 HP) and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque coming from its twin electric motors.
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Renault Reportedly Cancels Clio RS16 Project 17
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, renault, Renault Clio, Renault Concepts, Reports on 11 17th, 2016


Since the Clio RS16’s unveiling, Renault has toyed with the idea of putting it into production, but a recent report suggests that it won't get past the concept stage.
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Renault Kwid Outsider Concept Grows Some Cladding For Sao Paulo Show 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, concepts, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Kwid, Sao Paulo Show on 11 9th, 2016


Renault's extensive vehicle lineup at this year's edition of the Sao Paulo Motor Show included not just the Duster Extreme and Sandero RS Grand Prix concepts, but the Kwid Outsider as well.
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Renault Reveals Sandero RS Grand Prix And Duster Extreme Concepts 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, concepts, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Duster, Renault Sandero, Sao Paulo Show on 11 9th, 2016


Renault chose the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show to unveil two new concepts based on the Sandero hatch and Duster crossover respectively.
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Take A 360-Degree Tour Of Renault’s 2016 Paris Show Stand 8
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, new cars, Paris Auto Show, renault, Renault Alaskan, Renault Clio, Renault Concepts, Renault Koleos, Renault Scenic, Renault Videos, Renault Zoe, video on 10 8th, 2016


If you don't have the time or the nerve to check out this year's Paris Auto Show, then Renault has you covered with a 360-degree video of its very own premieres.
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