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Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space interior

Renault R-Space

Renault R-Space logo
Make Renault
Model R-Space
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine Turbocharged 0.9 litre 3-cylinder

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show Renault pulled the covers off the R-Space concept, a family car which displays all the styling elements of Renault's new look design language. It's got a family resemblance to Renault's other Geneva 2011 concept, the Renault Captur, and also the recent Renault DeZir.

As far as family cars go the R-Space is a good looking machine, it's still got the efficient one-box layout, but it's broken up by unusual window shapes and a rakish windscreen and roofline.

Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars at Renault said of the R-Space concept: "R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality. It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."

Quite whether the R-Space can cure all of society's dilemmas through its stylish design remains to be seen. Chances are it won't. But that doesn't mean it isn't a funky looking motor which will appeal to a decent slice of those in the market for a new, practical family vehicle.

Powering the Renault R-Space is a 0.9 litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. That's small by anyone's standards, however its output of 110 hp and 160 Nm of torque means it will easily keep up with most other standard family cars, while at the same time using much, much less fuel.

Similar and related vehicles:
Renault Captur
Renault DeZir

Renault R-Space press release:

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 4.25 metres in length, and with a silhouette that is flowing, powerful and sporty.

"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."

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 cozy cocoon of shade.

The nose of R-Space adapts the new visual identity (centred 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 Colors 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.

Interior designer Alexandre Gommier explains: "To reinterpret this idea in a modern context, we provided a strong visual and functional contrast between the driver environment, where the focus is on driving pleasure, and a surprising and highly-original rear section conceived as a play space for children."

The scene comes to view as soon as you open the double doors which, unobstructed by any central pillar, give clear access to a spectacular interior designed to trigger strong emotions from the very first glance.

In terms of interior design, the family likeness to the DeZir concept car is clearly visible at the front in the forms of the dashboard and seats. The driver enjoys a cockpit-like environment, with a section of the seemingly floating dashboard being specifically dedicated to driving functions. The interlinking movement suggested by the shaping of the front seat backrests is a return to the idea of a couple in love.

At the rear of the R-Space, the design revolves around children. This is a play space, flexible and infinitely versatile, and formed from a simple and universal shape – the cube. Twenty-seven miniature motors power an array of height-adjustable hexahedrons, allowing four settings to be programmed, from an all-flat surface, to a booster seat, a table or a random configuration (only when the vehicle is parked) for children's games. The cube is a consistent theme in furniture design but not something one expects to come across in the world of cars: in R-Space’s cabin, however, it is very much in evidence – to the extent of even forming the covering for the floor and door casings.

The Renault R-Space is powered by the Energy TCe Concept. Packed with advanced features, this direct-injection petrol engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines that Renault will begin launching onto the market next year.

With a capacity of 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine is a product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Mated to an automatic EDC double clutch gearbox, it provides the performance of a 1.6 litre engine, with peak power of 110hp/80kW and 160Nm of torque. Its CO2 emissions have been kept to just 95g/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of just 3.7 litres/100km.

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