The Renault Altica concept shown at the 2006 Geneva Motor
Show was a car which boldly attempted to bridge the wide
gap between estate cars and sport coupes.
Using the contemporary Renault face common to all the
recent Renault concepts and many production cars the Altica's
front is unremarkable, aside from the addition of 3 mode
headlights, daytime driving lights using LED technology,
low beam, and high beam.
From the windscreen back the Altica concept becomes more
and more interesting. The panoramic windscreen and glass
roof not only let as much light into the cockpit as possible,
but also provide mounting for the dramatic scissor-style
doors. The rear side windows have been broken up into
what appears to be a random pattern checkered motif. Renault
say this is to let light into the interior in the same
way a stained glass window does, However it would be interesting
to see how this design idea could be adapted, or explained,
for use on a production car.
Another first for the Altica concept is the introduction
of a technology Renault calls the 'Synthetic Jet'. This
patented system consists of a 2mm wide slit located at
the extreme rear of the roof where the Altica and passing
airflow separate. Through this slit air is alternately
sucked and blown to control the separation of air depending
on the Alitca's speed. At 80 mph the Synthetic Jet reduces
the Altica's Cd by 15% resulting in improved fuel economy.
Inside the Renault Altica four single seats are provided,
and while the seats themselves are fixed, the instrument
cluster and pedal assembly is moved electronically to
suit the driver. The rear seats can be folded away to
provide 1300 litres of storage space.
Powering the Renault Altica concept is a 177 horsepower,
2.0 litre diesel running through a six speed gearbox.
This powerplant is capable of taking the Altica to 60
mph in just 7.5 seconds while also emitting minimal CO2
emissions for its class.
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Renault Laguna Coupe
Renault Trafic Deck'up
Renault Kangoo Compact