Modus - Setting a new standard in supermini safety
Renault’s designers haven’t just re-written the rule book on practicality and interior space with Modus, they’ve also raised the bar for active and passive safety.
Modus benefits from a new-generation Bosch 8.0 ABS-EBD system (anti-lock brakes and electronic brake distribution), with options available including new-generation ESP (electronic stability programme) with understeer control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Setting another milestone in the supermini class, Modus will also be available with ‘cornering headlights’. Set at 40° and built into the front headlamp clusters, they give a wider view of the road ahead when approaching bends, and are activated by steering wheel input. For added peace of mind, they can even be specified with ‘double-distance’ xenon headlamps to improve night-time visibility.
On the active safety front, with its strengthened crumple zones, specially designed floor mounted brake pedal and footwell padding, in the event of a frontal impact, Modus passengers will be well protected against lower limb injuries. In addition, with its front seat belts with load limiters and double pretensioners and third-generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3), the car is also expected to set a new class benchmark at the Euro NCAP crash tests when it is tested later this month, and benefit from Renault’s core strategy and expertise in the safety field with its six cars with five-star ratings – the highest number in the industry.
There are five engine choices available from September, with three petrol and two diesels. Recognised as some of the most economical and refined engines in their class, the petrol line-up comprises a 1.2-litre 16V 75 hp and 1.4 16V 98, with diesel powerplants including the 1.5-litre dCi 65 and dCi 80 – which have each won Diesel Car magazine’s Supermini of the Year Award in Clio.
All of the engines drive through manual five-speed gearboxes, with a four-speed ‘Pro-active’ "flick-shift" automatic available on the 1.6 litre petrol Dynamique and Privilège models.
Four trim levels for four distinct styles
Modus is one of the first new Renaults to be designed with the company’s "Touch-Design" ethos very much in mind, whereby every material and button in the car should have a quality feel and give a personal sensation. Particular emphasis has been placed on the use of high-quality fabrics and materials to give the interior a modern and welcoming ambience which complements the cabin’s light and airy feel. The central instrument panel and raised driving position too give a feeling of shared space and a convivial driving experience which fits perfectly with Modus’ open and friendly personality.
The list of standard equipment on Modus is also impressive: ABS with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), driver’s side blind-spot eliminating mirror, electric front windows, height adjustable steering wheel, ISOFIX three-point seat attachment system, remote control central locking, Renault Anti-Intruder Device (R.A.I.D.), "See Me Home" headlights, four airbags (driver and front passenger two-stage adaptive and two lateral), variable assisted power steering.