Renault Zoe - City Car Concept - Interior Luxury | Part Three

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Poetic luxury inside

Patrick le Quément believes that Zoé is in total keeping with the spirit of Renault's previous concept cars: "Its interior is simple and its layout is easy to remember. Zoé is a further illustration of our 'Touch Design' concept which first appeared on Talisman in 2001 before finding its way onto production models."

The entire cabin focuses not only on an intuitive understanding of its forms but also on ergonomics and simplicity. The thin seats take the form of outspread leaves and are extremely comfortable, while the harmonious dashboard is uncluttered. The centre console houses a variety of controls, including the transmission mode selector, command of the multifunction screen located at the centre of the dash panel, the seat-adjustment joystick and the central LCD screen located within the speedometer dial.

The speedometer, which seems to be freely suspended on a glass plaque, exudes a sense of luxury and lightness. The cascade of transparent cylinders inlaid with aluminium rings and the deeply set screen convey a discreet sense of technology. A seat-mounted knob enables drivers to tilt the graphics screen to adjust it to their driving position.

Zoé's interior ambiance oozes a blend of luxury and technology. The combination of beige 'kei-light' leather upholstery and velvety grey paintwork ensures a soft, comfortable, cocoon-like chic. The cabin itself is particularly bright thanks to the two glass roof panels inlaid with LEDs that reproduce a starry canopy when travelling at night. The carpet takes up the same graphic theme as the roof lining with the lines of a printed circuit linking some of the world's great metropolises… the breeding ground of new trends. The spilled handbag which illustrates the boot mat and the floating impression of the rear parcel shelf made from 'cloudlike' materials add a touch of fantasy.

A 'Pass' for intermodality

Zoé comes with a nomadic 'Pass' which enables personal preferences to be memorized with a view to reproducing individual ambiences by selecting favourite music and pre-set seat, driving control and rear-view mirror settings.

The 'Pass' takes the form of a small control-pad which slots into the car underneath the right-hand stalk control. It enables its holder to extend his or her own particular universe from the office or home… to the car.

Published 1 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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