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2010-07-06 08:11
Renault’s new concept car is slated for a Paris Motor Show debut, but the French manufacturer could no longer contain its enthusiasm, and issued early images and details for us to drool over.

Said to address the brand’s “commitment to more emotional styling,” DeZir is an electric car that, with Laurens van den Acker as its lead designer, is the first in a sequence to show off the carmaker’s vision for the future.

The concept introduces Renault’s new design language that communicates the brand’s vision as “simple”, “sensuous” and “warm”. The carmaker assures that, in keeping with this philosophy, its next wave of concept cars will preempt a range of rational and user-friendly production cars.

DeZir’s front end, for instance, with its creative combination of perforation and backlit prisms, previews the noses of future Renault models.

Fluid design

The two-seater coupe’s design can be called fluid – quite apt considering the designer in charge of the concept’s exterior styling was inspired mostly by liquid sensations, wave-like movements and rippled surfaces. Added to the sense of drama are gullwing doors that open in opposite directions for a twist on this formula.

To keep DeZir’s weight down, the body is constructed from Kevlar while a tubular steel frame similar to the one used for the Megane Trophy racer is used. Several suspension components have also been lifted from the Megane race car.  

The cabin is a riot of white leather and red colour splashes, with the bench seat for the two occupants meant to suggest the notion of protection.

DeZir (with the “Z” referring to Renault’s zero emissions signature) is powered by a vertically-mounted 24 kWh lithium ion battery placed behind the rear seats. An evolution of the motor used in Renault’s production electric motors, the power and torque have been uprated to 110 kW and 226 Nm, respectively with a 161-km range being claimed.

Three charging methods are available for this battery pack: a “standard” charge over eight hours using a household plug, a 400 V “fast charge” that tops up 80% of the battery’s capacity in 20 minutes and a fast battery exchange.

DeZir gets its first public outing at this year’s Paris Motor Show.


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