The Renault Nepta - A Welcoming and Roomy Interior | Part Two

Renault Nepta


A luxuriously welcoming and roomy interior

Nepta boasts all the features found in prestige models with discreet technology for greater travelling comfort.

The dashboard appears to be suspended, while the transparent alveolate honeycomb-like extensions of the windscreen illuminate the pedal unit and make for a bright and clear drive station. The rev counter and cone-shaped instruments are surrounded by leather trim. The design of the instruments pays tribute to vehicles of the past, while the aluminium finish adds a modern touch. The combination of analogue and digital displays is a further expression of this blend between classic and contemporary automotive design. The air conditioning controls located at either end of the dashboard can be independently adjusted and combine advanced technology with ease of use.

The intuitive controls are inspired by the Touch Design approach. The centrally-mounted, rotary gear shift is easy and comfortable to use. The conveniently positioned multimedia information control is situated within easy reach, while the stalk switches and steering wheel-mounted control paddles are designed to match the form of the driver's hands. The seats are fixed, but the position of the steering wheel and pedals can be adjusted by a motor-driven mechanism to adapt it to the driver's physique.

The dashboard features special stowage compartments for glasses and other items, while the centre console incorporates a sliding cubby located between the rear seats.

The red leather upholstery creates an impression of continuity between the interior and the engine compartment. The two bench seats, which provide comfortable seating for four and which feature leather upholstery decorated with printed patterns, are secured to the floor by aluminium struts reminiscent of the world of sailing. DVD screens with folding protective covers are installed at the top of the front seat backs, the bottom sections of which are decorated with elegant, haute couture-inspired leather netting that is ideal for storing magazines. Rear passengers are protected from turbulence by transparent air deflectors positioned between the front and rear seats.

A powerplant engineered for pleasure

Nepta's longitudinally mounted 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine is the embodiment of pleasure at the wheel. This 420hp powerplant takes the car from standstill to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds. Coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission complete with steering wheel-mounted flick-shift controls, this direct injection petrol engine combines an outstanding drive with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Published 9 September 2006 Melanie Carter

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