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Renault DeZir

Renault DeZir

Renault DeZir

Renault DeZir

Renault DeZir interior

Renault DeZir interior
Make Renault
Model DeZir
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine electric

The Renault DeZir is an electric powered sports car concept which was introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show in 2010.


Styling
The bold design represents an entirely new design direction for Renault. In fact if it wasn't for the badge you'd be hard pressed to tell what manufacturer it came from. The styling of the DeZir concept was led by Laurens van den Acker, and according to Renault it's the first in a series of concept vehicles which will provide a glimpse of the company's future production cars.

Renault's new motto is 'Drive the Change', and for the DeZir concept this saying was used as a source of inspiration. Renault have also chosen three key words which they are going to try and build into all their forthcoming models, they are 'simple', 'sensuous' and 'warm'. I get the sensuous in the ReZir concept, it's got more curves than a sphere, and with the red-hot paintwork I even get the warm. But simple this car is not. There's a lot of complicated lines and elements to the design, which come together nicely. But it's not simple at all!


Drivetrain
Powering the Renault DeZir concept is a full electric drivetrain. The 'Z' in the car's name is a reference to Renault's overall naming structure - they use Z.E. to denote their 'Zero Emission' vehicles. The electric motor of the concept is mounted in a mid-rear position to balance out the weight distribution. The batteries are located behind the seats. This setup offers 147 horsepower (110 kW), and 226 Nm (166 lb-ft) of torque.

The car can be charged using a conventional mains plug, and this takes around eight hours for a full charge. Alternatively a dedicated fast-charger gets the job done in just 20 minutes. When the time comes to get a new battery, thanks to Renault's 'Quick Drop' system the job is relatively painless.

Top speed of the DeZir is just 112 mph. However the 0-60 mph time of just 5 seconds is considerably more impressive - and useful.


Engineering

In order to improve performance and increase the DeZir's overall range, Renault's engineers focused on keeping the vehicles weight to a minimum. To achieve this goal the car was equipped with a Kevlar body, and a tubular steel frame borrowed from the Megane Trophy race car.

The vehicle's efficient aerodynamics and low-drag bodywork also help to improve performance, without the need for more power.


Interior
The striking interior layout of the Renault DeZir is clearly split into the driver and passenger zones. The passenger is met with a very clean and smooth dashboard - which is a refreshing change to the overly complicated and increasingly technical interior designs of modern vehicles. The driver is seated in a much more focused environment, and the unique dashboard layout and center console look very futuristic.

The touchscreen display in the center console features an intelligent navigation system that combines journey information with the driver's diary in order to optimize task management and itineraries - probably not that useful a feature for most people, but clever all the same! The instrument panel features video-game inspired graphics which provide information on the drivetrain systems and energy management.



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