Renault Modus: Super Spacious Supermini | Part Two

The Renault Modus

Renault Modus

A sparkling and welcoming interior

MODUS' interior confirms the airiness suggested by its exterior. The translucent roof and cab-forward windscreen accentuate the feeling of space. The vast glazed area means MODUS' interior is as bright as that of an MPV.

MODUS invites passengers into a welcoming atmosphere. The design team paid particular attention to the choice of materials, fabrics, colours and mating surfaces, and to how each element fits into the overall environment. Softness prevails, from the leather-covered instrument panel to the soft-touch paint finish of the central facade. The interior plays on contrasting moods and colours: the bottom of the instrument panel and the door interiors are covered with a light grey leather, while the dashboard cowl and the gear lever knob have a stronger medium grey leather.

MODUS' innovative upholstery explores the possibilities of photographic printing with a landscape motif printed on the fabric using inkjet technology. As well as exactly reproducing the original design, this process allows a significant range of colours in subtle shades.

This landscape stretches over every centimetre of MODUS' upholstery from the start of the seat cushion to the top of the head restraint. A smooth transition from seat to floor is ensured as the pattern on the cushion "overflows" onto the mottled carpet. In a similar vein, the translucent roof acts as a continuation of the sky print on the head restraints. MODUS' occupants travel with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground! This visual effect continues on the door panels to add to the sensation of cabin space and the panoramic view. This, and the translucent roof, imply an openness to the outside world.

The "shared" instrument panel can be seen by all occupants. Its streamlined design contrasts with the sometimes overloaded instrument panels of classic hatchbacks. Its flowing curves reinforce the welcoming warmth of the interior as a whole while information is centrally concentrated around the smooth dash cowl. Technology is sober and discreet; the LCD display lights up in blue against a black background to echo the Ice Blue bodywork and for maximum clarity. The satin-finish chrome dial surround echoes the steering wheel finish, the rim around the gear lever bellows, the door handles inside and out, the handbrake knob and the vent controls. The automatic climate control, central-locking control and 4x40W CD player are clustered together in the lower section of the instrument panel.

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Published 7 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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