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2011 Renault R-Space Concept

2011 Renault R-Space Concept

Renault unveils its R-Space concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As the third concept car to be completed under the direction of Laurens van den Acker, R-Space represents the "Family" stage in the company's new life-cycle oriented Design strategy. With a silhouette that is both sporty and sculptural, R-Space proves that a people carrier can be sexy. An innovative interior design makes it an MPV that caters for everyone on board. (continued below)

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Renault R-Space Proves That a People Carrier Can be Sexy

Source: Renault | Published: Tue Mar 01, 2011

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R-Space is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder, 110 hp, 900cc petrol engine mated to an Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC). This engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines, 'Energy TCe', that Renault will begin launching next year.

Design: A Sporty Family Car

The brief given to the designers was to come up with a simple, sensuous and welcoming family vehicle to express Renault's new design philosophy in the MPV class. To achieve this, the designers combined sensuality with a monospace architecture. The result is a compact people carrier measuring 167.3 inches (4.25 meters) in length, and with a silhouette that is flowing, powerful and sporty.

The tapered profile of the side windows emphasizes the dynamic profile, while the large windscreen and panoramic roof - the thickness of which gradually changes - transform the passenger compartment into a cosy cocoon of shade.

The nose of R-Space adapts the new visual identity (centered on the large, vertically-oriented Renault lozenge) to the proportions of an MPV. The body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes, meaning that the eye is drawn much more to reflections and the play of the light than to the lines themselves.

The body design uses strong forms inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous - despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at families."

Renault's strategic sequence of concept car designs brings with it a parallel progression in their colors: starting with the passionate red of DeZir, future concept cars will follow the sequence of the chromatic circle. Coming after the orange employed for Captur, R-Space is clad in honey-gold bodywork.

The theme being that of the family, it was the image of the family Sunday breakfast that provided the inspiration for R-Space's colors and materials. "The tenderness and warmth of these shared moments find their expression in tones that are hot and 'sweet': the white of the milk, the golden shades of the honey, the brown of the chocolate," explains Laurence Widmer, Head of Colours and Materials on the R- Space concept car. The theme of softness and sweetness is also mirrored in the choice of materials - including suede - which are lush to look at and pleasing to the touch.

As the pioneer of the MPV, Renault is putting forward R- Space to take the notion a step further. To achieve this, the designers took as their starting point the notion that had made the model such a success in the past: the intelligence of the concept itself.

Renault R-Space Concept: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I3, Turbocharged
Displacement 55 cu in (900 cc)
Power 110 hp @ n/a RPM
Torque 118 lb-ft @ n/a RPM
Redline n/a
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear n/a
Tire Size Front - Rear 245/35 R21
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 167.3 in
Width 72.8 in
Height 60.9 in
Curb Weight 2866 lbs
0-60 10.6 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 124 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a (3.7 l/100 km)
Origin & Price
Origin France
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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