Renault Modus: Super Spacious Supermini | Part Four

The Renault Modus

Renault Modus

Another innovation is the split-opening tailgate, whereby the entire tailgate or simply the lower half can be opened; a practical solution when accessing the boot in confined spaces such as roadside parking when another vehicle has pulled up too close behind. This split-opening system is also useful when transporting smaller objects for which a fully-opened boot isn't necessary.

MODUS comes with "Velofix", its own specially designed bike rack that is fitted and removed in just minutes. Folded away, it slips into the boot whatever the rear-seat configuration. Its attachment system is built into the rear bumper and chassis. "Velofix" will carry two adult bikes weighing up to 30 kilos.

Equipment borrowed from higher-segment vehicles

More than anything, a one-box shaped vehicle is expected to provide space and functions that will make life easier and more enjoyable for its occupants. MODUS goes further still by proposing key functions that until now were reserved for the higher segments. Its bright, welcoming and spacious interior and 115bhp 1.6 16V engine are an invitation to travel in town and on the open road.

MODUS aims to set a new standard for safety in its category. It guarantees excellent visibility both day and night and whatever the road conditions. The cornering lamps are an unprecedented innovation in this segment; a fixed lamp lights each bend to give increased peripheral vision. The self-adjusting double distance xenon lamps extend the driver's field of vision by gradually turning up the dipped beam to complement the high beam. Further equipment includes dual-reversing front wipers, a 1.32 sq. m. panoramic windscreen, and offset door-mounted mirrors for increased forward visibility.

When it comes to driving pleasure, MODUS offers versatility that few cars in its category can match. Its smaller overall size and reduced overhang make it easy to handle and perfectly at home in town. However, MODUS trump card is its driving dynamics, which are especially evident on long journeys. MODUS combines the feeling of dominating the road that is part of the vehicle's original concept with a saloon-style driving position that adds to driving pleasure.

MODUS heralds Renault's offensive on the B segment

Renault is a key player in the European B segment, as shown by the popularity and appeal of its models like Clio, which was the fifth best-selling car in the UK last year. The launch of MODUS will extend Renault's B-segment range with an innovative car that is roomier than Clio and more versatile. Its additional functions and bigger cabin space mean MODUS will be positioned slightly above Clio and means the sporty driving character and styling of Clio will not have to be compromised in the search for greater passenger space.

Published 7 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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