The Renault Vel Satis Range | Part Two

Expression The first choice on the Vel Satis model ladder is Expression, which is available with Classic and Club ‘ambiences’. The standard Classic ambience offers a choice of light or dark trim and cloth upholstery with ‘Cubic’ Aluminium effect dashboard and door inserts. The optional Club ambience offers the choice of dark or light trim with three colours of leather upholstery. In addition Varnished Maple Wood dash and door inserts are available as an option on all Expression models.

Expression models are available with two four cylinder engines - the 165bhp 2.0 16V Turbo petrol unit and the 150bhp 2.2dCi common-rail diesel unit - both with six-speed manual transmissions only. Automatic transmission will be available later in the year.

Standard equipment on the Expression model includes:

Automatic parking brake, automatic headlight illumination, automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor, Renault card for access and ignition, tyre pressure monitor, ‘Great Comfort’ front seats with horizontally hinged backrest and integrated seatbelts plus 70:30 split rear seats, variable power-assisted steering, ABS with Brake Assist, ESP and traction control, cruise control with speed limiter, front and lateral driver and passenger airbags (the front passenger airbag can be switched off) plus front and rear curtain airbags, pretensioners on front and outer rear seatbelts (double pretensioner on driver’s seat), trip computer, ISOFIX on outer rear seats, electrically assisted boot closing, fuel flap with integrated fuel cap, electric heated door mirrors, 60 Watt single-CD HiFi, automatic climate control, electric front one-touch windows with anti-pinch facility plus electric rear windows, heat-reflecting windscreen, reach and rake leather steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, and tinted windows.

Among the many options will be:

160 Watt Multi-CD HiFi, Carminat Satellite Navigation System, parking proximity sensor, rear lateral airbags, Xenon headlamps and rear seat DVD player and screen.

Privilège

The next Vel Satis model is Privilège, available with three ambiences Classic, Club and Avantgarde. Classic and Club offer the same trim and upholstery combinations as on Expression except for the door and dash inserts, where the ‘Cubic’ strips are replaced by Varnished Maple Wood as standard, while Aluminium inserts are offered as a no-cost option.

The Avantgarde ambience is also available with light or dark trim according to the choice of light or dark grey part Alcantara, part cloth upholstery. The dash and door inserts are of Aluminium, as above a no-cost option.

Privilège models are available with two four-cylinder engines and two six-cylinder engines - the 165bhp 2.0 16V Turbo petrol unit and the 150bhp 2.2dCi common-rail diesel unit - both with six-speed manual transmissions - and the 245bhp 3.5 V6 petrol and 180bhp 3.0 V6 dCi common-rail diesel units, both with the five-speed automatic transmission which features a manual ‘flick-shift’ override.

Additional standard equipment includes:

Parking proximity sensor, audible warning system, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, Xenon headlamps with headlamp washers and automatic headlamp adjustment, dash-mounted 160 Watt Multi CD HiFi, electrochromatic auto-dipping rearview mirror, rear one-touch electric windows with anti-pinch facility, pre-telephone equipment, electric heated front seats, storage drawers under front and rear seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Optional equipment available on Privilège includes:

Automatically dimming and electrically folding door mirrors with memory linked to electric driver’s seat memory, rear lateral airbags, leather upholstery with either varnished maple wood or aluminium dash and door inserts, plus rear-seat DVD player and screen.

Initiale

Initiale is the top-of-the-range Vel Satis model and features its own unique ambience reflecting its elite status. The Initiale ambience offers dark and light trim depending on upholstery choice as well as the choice of Dark or Light Alder Wood with Walnut Marquetry, again dependent on upholstery choice. The upholstery is perforated leather and is available in eight shades - Tan, Green, Red, Black, Beige, Marine, Light Grey and Carbon Grey.

Initiale models are also available with the two six-cylinder engines only - the 245bhp 3.5 V6 petrol and 180bhp 3.0 V6 dCi common-rail diesel units, both available with the five-speed automatic transmission which features a manual ‘flick-shift’ override.

Additional standard equipment includes:

Full colour screen Carminat satellite navigation system, heated screen wash, electric, heated front seats with memory on driver’s seat, automatically dimming and electrically folding door mirrors with memory linked to electric driver’s seat memory, part wood/leather gear knob, chrome door handles, rear window sunblinds and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Optional equipment available on Initiale includes:

Part wood/leather steering wheel, electric sunroof, rear lateral airbags, laminated side windows plus rear-seat DVD player and screen.

Published 1 November 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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