The Renault Egeus from the 2005 Frankfurt Auto show was
billed as an upmarket SUV.
The Egeus concept's styling is a natural continuation
of previous Renault concept cars such as the Wind
concepts. Its flowing, gentle lines have nothing of the
angular styling usually associated with SUV's.
The front end features air inlets under the sculpted headlamps,
and the Egeus does away with the large menacing grille
common to trucks and SUV's.
The featureless bonnet flows into the rounded windscreen,
which, in turn, blends seamlessly into the bubble-shaped
Renault has fitted the Egeus with massive 22-inch wheels,
this, combined with high ground clearance give the concept
car a solid planted stance.
The Egeus concept's 'Cythère Blue' body colour,
'manta ray' dashboard and the blue-tinted hues of the
cabin are intended to suggest an underwater world, while
the full length centre console, clad in blue-tinted leather,
incorporates three generous stowage compartments in addition
to the two front-door bins.
The Egeus' silver exterior side door handles are flush-fitting
so as not to detract from the streamlined sides. An optical
sensor detects an approaching hand and pushes the handle
out a few centimetres, facilitating use.
Inside, the Egeus features four fully independent seats
capable of swiveling outward and lowering to ease entry.
A GPS navigation system calculates the vehicles recommended
speed, this information is displayed in the speedometer
dial, with its analogue and digital displays. LED diodes
around the dial flash to alert drivers if they go over
this speed. In off-road mode, an indicator on the instrument
panel is automatically activated to show the Egeus' attitude
to the horizontal and alert the driver if there is any
risk of roll-over.
Similar and related vehicles:
Renault Laguna Coupe
Renault Trafic Deck'up
Renault Kangoo Compact