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Renault's sporty show stopper

2006-02-06 12:56

The Renault Altica concept car

Its dynamic stance is underpinned by a long bonnet and curved forms, while its modular interior ensures outstanding load capacity.

According to Renault the Altica stands out as a "dynamic vision of the estate", combining the practicality of the latter, the sports appeal of a coupé and a high standard of travelling comfort.

The Altica's interior mirrors its sporty, dynamic exterior design. The suspended drive station is held in place by four profiled rods that hint at the world of Formula 1. There are also a transparent roof and panoramic windscreen.

The headlamps feature four different modes - daytime running lights (DRL), sidelights, dipped beam and main beam - and function using rows of diodes.

They also produce a halo effect when the DRL mode is selected. This is achieved in two ways. First of all, each polycarbonate headlamp module cover is speckled with thousands of small, micro-engraved nicks.

Invisible to the naked eye, these nicks have no effect on the beams and permit light to pass unhindered.

In the daytime running mode, however, the surface of the module cover is illuminated from the edge. The light is accordingly trapped inside the mass and spreads out like a fluid over the entire surface to produce an original and effective halo effect for the DRL and sidelight functions.

Under the Altica's bonnet is a new 130kW/380Nm 2.0 dCi particulate filter-equipped diesel engine. It takes the car 7.5 seconds from a standing start to 100km/h.

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