Renault ZOE - City Car Concept - Exterior Design | Part Two

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Zoé's interior is exceptionally spacious for such a small vehicle. Its modular three-seat layout makes a number of combinations possible. A starfish-like switch located on the side of the driver's seat makes it possible to arrange the cabin layout in one of three pre-set arrangements to optimise the way interior space is used.

The replacement of the 'fourth seat' by space for baggage allows the luggage of three people to fit comfortably inside the boot.

The sliding front passenger seat and reclining seat back combine to form a platform for the transport of bulky loads.

Special attention has been paid to ergonomics and comfort. The rear of the front right seat features a built-in footrest, while the rear seat can be likened more in fact to a comfy armchair in which the passenger can literally snuggle up. No preference has been given to any one occupant since all three seats offer the same level of comfort, while the cabin comes with numerous discreet storage bins that allow valuables to be concealed.

A sprightly engine for genuine pleasure at the wheel

Zoé's short but distinctively penned bonnet conceals a small Renault petrol engine, a new 1.2 litre turbocharged unit that delivers 73 KW and maximum torque of 145 Nm. Its first class efficiency enables it to combine attitude with respect for the environment, while its low fuel consumption ensures remarkably low CO2 emission figures (under 140 g/km).

The robotised five-speed gearbox is operated by steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Elegant, dynamic exterior design

Zoé's soft lines have an unmistakable charm, while its flowing lines and the curves of its glass panels take their cue from aeronautic design with curved pillars flanking a vast, panoramic windscreen. The two glass sunroofs carry over to the rear in the form of the rear window, the 'shallow V'-shaped line of which is a hallmark of Renault's visual identity.

Developed in association with VALEO, the headlamps feature high performance light emitting diodes (LED) which produce an unprecedented sparkle effect. The frosted glass rear lights ensure a particularly soft tone, while the clear glass indicator housings reveal a deeply hued flash. The rear light clusters themselves take the form of crystal spheres complete with transparent, LED-lit rings that contribute to the overall futuristic feel.

The combination of Zoé's short, steeply-raked bonnet and its Ribera Red body colour highlights the car's highly dynamic stance, a sensation reinforced by its long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track. The impression of power and sprightliness is further strengthened by the air inlets on the bonnet which take the form of concentric half circles.

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Published 1 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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