Renault ZOE - City Car Concept - An Upper Range Urban VehiclePublished 1 March 2005
Renault has chosen the 2005 Geneva Show to take the wraps off its latest concept car, Zoé, a diminutive upper-range urban vehicle which places the accent on genuine motoring pleasure. In response to the public's demand for compact, appealing, dynamic models, Zoé features a blend of clear-cut lines and rounded forms. Meanwhile, its luxurious, functional interior puts its innovative asymmetry to maximum effect to reveal a true three-seat layout and voluminous boot. Another Zoé innovation is its 'Pass' system which will automatically adjust interior ambience to match individual driver tastes. One click will modify the choice of music, settings and overall atmosphere.
Renault has given Zoé its own vision of a small, dynamic, upper-range city car. A modern-day expression of luxury in a compact format, Zoé "appeals through its mature, sensuous curves, its characterful frontal styling and hypnotic demeanour. Zoé is charm personified," says Renault's Patrick le Quément, Senior Vice President Corporate Design.
A small, compact, functional city car
"Zoé is a vehicle designed for city life. It has been shown that cars carry only 1.4 people on average, but two seat interiors are perceived as a constraint. Zoé is therefore a genuine three-seater complete with a boot located behind the driver's seat, all built into a compact architecture," explains Patrick Le Quément.
A mere 3.45 m in length, Zoé is both practical and functional with innovative opening panels thought through for urban use, including kinematics engineered to facilitate access and loading, especially in situations where space is at a premium.
The motorized passenger door features a two-hinge, three-axis opening system that offers extremely easy access. The travel of the door itself can be selected according to whether access to both the front and rear seats, or just the front seat is required. In this way, the space taken up by the door when open is kept to a strict minimum. Meanwhile, the glazed lateral part of the roof lifts up the instant one of the doors is opened.
The hatch is raised by a twin opening system, with the rear window and tailgate sliding into each other to keep overall height to a minimum when open while at the same time providing easy access. A further practical feature concerns the rear left quarterlight which can be lowered so small items can be placed on the rear parcel shelf or in the boot.