Renault has a habit producing concept cars that appear to be flights of fantasy but end up being grounded in surprising reality. The DeZir turned up with a stunning look that transferred remarkably well to today’s Clios and Meganes.
It also featured an electric powertrain long before Renault became Europe’s biggest seller of electric vehicles. Now the Trezor plans to do the same with a host of tech that, it’s hinted, could be coming to a hot Renault sometime soon.
The Trezor is no less striking than the DeZir, but with added imagination. That one-piece carbonfibre roof, with its red-tinted windows, glides upwards electrically to reveal a striking mix of red leathers and similarly coloured woods inside. And the front of the carbon shell is smooth and more feminine, contrasting with the more masculine rear bodywork that’s entirely made of intersecting hexagons.
The car is long, wide and low – with ground clearance of only 25cm – while its two batteries are mounted low in the chassis and split – one at the front, one at the back – to aid weight distribution. The Trezor’s motor, powering the rear wheels, is derived from the Renault e.dams Formula E car, as is the RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) brake-operated energy recovery system.
Unlike many concepts, this car drives: Renault quotes maximum power of 257kW with peak torque of 380Nm, along with a 0-100km/h time of under 4sec. Everything works, too, including the pop-up hexagonal air-intakes on the bonnet, providing cooling for the batteries, and the exquisite fibre-optic rear lights, lit by lasers, that twist to alter the effect depending on braking effort.
Inside, you’re faced with a wide, curved OLED screen with a lower LED touchscreen in the centre of the car. The rectangular steering wheel widens when the car is driving autonomously, giving the driver the opportunity to watch movies on the screen behind it. The deep wooden dashboard is made of layered ash and produced by French cycle maker KEIM.
The DeZir was Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker’s first concept for the brand, which led to 2012’s Clio. Given the timings, it’s quite probable that elements of the Trezor — notably the exaggerated C-shaped front lights and grille, and the L-shaped dash design — will make it onto the next generation of Renaults, starting with a new Clio in 2018.
Engine: Electric Motor
Torque: 380 Nm
0-100km/h: < 4 sec
Top speed: n/a
Basic price: Concept only