One takes inspiration from the track and the other looks ready to play in the mud.

Renault arrives at the São Paulo Motor Show in style with a pair of fashionable concepts from the Renault Design América Latina division. The Sandero R.S Grand Prix Concept is a more aggressive version of the brand’s hot hatch, and the Duster Extreme Concept makes the crossover look more prepared for an off-road adventure.

The Grand Prix Concept starts with the existing 150-horsepower (112-kilowatt) Sandero RS 2.0, which also happens to be the first Renault Sport model the company manufactures and sells in Brazil. The designers paint the vehicle in a deep black and then add gold trim, including the side stripes, pinstripes on the roof, brake calipers, and the outer edge of the wheels. An R.S. badge on the roof leaves no question which version this is. The interior uses the same color scheme and has quilted leather seats with gold stitching. According to Renault, the showcar serves as a preview of a future limited edition.

Renault Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept
Renault Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept
Renault Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept

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Where the Sandero Grand Prix gives drivers extra style when driving around town, the Duster Extreme is a companion for when the terrain gets rough. The designers equip the crossover for wilderness survival by adding chunky off-road tires, higher suspension, a winch, and LED light bar. There’s even a snorkel for the 2.0-liter engine in case a deep water crossing is necessary for getting to the camp site. A step on each side of the rear bumper also makes it easier to access gear on the roof rack.

2017 - Renault Duster Concept Extreme
2017 - Renault Duster Concept Extreme
2017 - Renault Duster Concept Extreme

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The designers combine the off-road looks with an eye-catching color scheme. Most of the body is light gray, but vibrant red trim really makes the details pop out. Renault says the motif references vehicles for mountain rescues. Unlike the Grand Prix Concept, there’s no indication that Brazilian customers might be able to buy the Duster Extreme in the future.

Source: Renault

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