Renault DeZir concept speaks new design language

Renault DeZir concept speaks new design language

Renault has released the first images of its latest concept car, the all-electric DeZir before it makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show this September. What’s special about this new concept is its radical styling as it will lay clues to the firm’s new design direction.

The DeZir project is the first outing for Renault’s new chief designer Laurens van den Acker who took over from Patrick le Quement in 2009. Before starting at Renault, the Dutch designer worked for Mazda where he was leader for many projects including the Nagara, Ryuga and Hakaze concept vehicles, he has also spent time at Ford and Audi.

Like many concept vehicles one of the most important design features of the DeZir is in its front-end styling as it previews the new grille and fascia shapes that are set to become a feature of all Renault models in the near future.

To get perspective on the concepts size, the two-seater Gullwing-door sports car measures 4.2 meters in length and 1.1 meters in height, making it slightly longer but substantially lower (216mm) than an Audi TT.

Beneath the unique sheetmetal, the DeZir features a mid-mounted electric motor powering the rear wheels and a vertically-mounted 24kWh lithium-ion battery placed behind the seats that provides the car with a range of 160 kilometers.

The electric motor is the same unit currently used for Renault’s production electric cars, although upgraded to produce 110kW and 226Nm of torque.

Through the extensive use of lightweight materials such as a Kevlar body, the DeZir tips the scales at a mere 830kg. In terms of performance, Renault is claiming the DeZir can go from zero to 100km/h in 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 180km/h.

Check the gallery below for images of the DeZir.

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