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.

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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.

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RENAULT UNVEILS SUVS AND POWERTRAINS AT THE 2016 EDITION OF THE SÃO PAULO MOTOR SHOW


Captur: pre-sales at the exhibition with start of sales planned for February;
Koleos is the brand’s premium large SUV;
Urban compact SUV Kwid on display as a show car;
New 1.0 and 1.6 SCe engines offer significant fuel economy and technology improvements.

 

At this year’s edition of the São Paulo Motor Show (SPMS), three Renault SUVs take center stage – Captur, Koleos and Kwid –, in addition to two all-new engines: the 3-cylinder, 1-liter SCe (Smart Control Efficiency) and the 1.6 SCe powertrain, both offering significant fuel economy improvements and driving pleasure.

“The three new SUVs are vital to keep our growth strategy in Brazil. The new products were designed bearing in mind Renault’s new global brand identity, with added connectivity to make customers’ lives easier”, says Fabrice Cambolive, president at Renault Brazil.

In the last two years, the SUV segment has almost doubled in the domestic market, jumping from 8% to 15%.

The new SUV family proudly flaunts Renault’s new brand identity, underpinned by a muscly bodywork, muscular exterior lines, and high ground clearance, in addition to shorter front and rear overhangs, excellent attack and departure angles.

The Captur is the first model of Renault’s all-new SUV family to be marketed in Brazil, with start of sales planned for February 2017 and pre-sales kicking off at the SPMS. In addition to its sensual and elegant design with two-tone paintwork, it offers the comfort of a true SUV with plenty of cabin space. An array of advanced technology features makes occupants’ lives easier, with added connectivity and hands-free controls. Standard items include electronic stability and traction control, four airbags, hill start assist, hands-free keycard, power-folding door mirrors, among others.

Recently exhibited at the Paris Motor Show, the Koleos is Renault’s premium large SUV that will offer a profusion of technology features in the domestic market, such as blind sport warning, and Bose audio system 8.7’’ multimedia screen.

The Kwid is an urban compact SUV that is on display as the Kwid Outsider Concept. Specially designed by the RDAL (Renault Design Latin America) for this edition of the SPMS, it flaunts versatility and robustness.

Renault’s powertrain reliability comes from the adoption of world-class F1 technologies that have yielded 12 titles in F1. Now, the carmaker is introducing its all-new 1.0 SCe and 1.6 SCe engines, whose technological advances result in fuel economy improvements and driving pleasure. For example, the new 1.0 SCe engine is a 3-cylinder aluminum powerplant equipped with DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshaft) and timing chain. Like the 1.0 SCe, the 1.6 SCe engine is equipped with the ESC (Energy Smart Management) system, a track-inspired technology that optimizes battery recharge. Both powertrains are made at the Ayrton Senna Complex, State of Paraná.

“Compared with their predecessors, the new 1.0 and 1.6 engines deliver combined-cycle fuel savings of up to 19% and 21% for the vehicles they power, respectively. Likewise, the ESM system that equips the recently updated 2-liter engine contributes to yield excellent results”, says Márcio Melhorança, General Manager of Powertrain Engineering at the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
 
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The brand’s expertise in motorsports leaps out at Renault’s booth at the SPMS, with attractions that include the R.S.16 Formula 1 single seater that is competing in the current season, the Renault R.S.01 super sports car that comes with a 3.6 V8 550-hp twin-turbo engine, and the Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept show car, which was developed by the RDAL to pay homage to the brand’s tradition on F1 circuits.

Also developed by the RDAL, the Duster 4x4 Extreme Concept is another show car on display. Based on the AWD version, it was designed to face all-terrain conditions; it is equipped with accessories to boost its key attributes, such as an ample interior, best-in-class trunk space, high ground clearance and good attack and departure angles, which make it an entry-level model to the SUV world and the ideal companion for off-road enthusiasts.

The Duster Oroch pick-up – a pickup that introduced a new segment in the domestic market –, the Duster SUV, which is acclaimed by consumers since its launch, and the Sandero Stepway that offers a combination of comfort and versatility, complement the SUV lineup.

Renault is the global leader in electric vehicles, with more than 350 thousand units sold to date. Unveiled at the latest edition of the Paris Motor Show, the Renault ZOE on display now delivers a record NEDC driving range of 400 km, which is twice the distance delivered by the current model at its original launch. The Twizy city car is another EV on display and it is the perfect commuter for large urban areas.

In addition to the cars, the 2,024-m2 booth offers extra attractions to visitors:
Renault Studio: The country’s top digital influencers – like TV presenter Marcelo Tas and fashion blogger Camila Coutinho – make live transmissions from Renault’s booth on the world’s largest video-sharing website, and visitors will be given a chance to attend a training course on how to become a YouTube Celebrity.
Renault Salão SP 2016 app: with six functions, the application allows visitors to plunge into the brand’s world through exclusive downloadable content. With the Captur Game, visitors will try to locate and “capture” virtual Renault cars that will be appearing as if they were in the same real-world location in the exhibition venue.
3D HTC Vive: with the use of VR headsets, visitors are “transported” to a Matrix-style virtual reality world, where they can interact with Renault’s F1 pits and know more about the 1.0 SCe and 1.6 SCe engines.
Snapchat: Renault’s branded geofilter makes special graphical overlays available to users within its booth area. 
Captur

Made in the State of Paraná and developed by the Renault Technology Americas (RTA), the Captur stands out for its French design that is both sensual and elegant. It offers the comfort of a true SUV and makes occupants’ lives easier with added connectivity and hands-free controls. Standing ahead the Duster, its major attributes makes it a strong competitor in the segment that records the fastest growth rate in Brazil.

The Captur will constitute a comprehensive offer in the domestic market, starting with a version equipped with the all-new 1.6 SCe engine and manual transmission (MT), and two versions equipped with the X-Tronic CVT transmission that offers excellent performance, low fuel consumption and plenty of comfort to all occupants. A fourth version comes with a 2-liter engine and an automatic transmission (AT) that appeals mostly to driving performance seekers.

With a sensual and elegant design, the vehicle sports fluidity to the high waistline, door and hood creases. The two-tone paintwork allows having the roof painted in a different color, for extra refinement. Connectivity, safety and comfort are also among its strong points, since the Captur will come with stability and traction control, hill start assist, hands-free keycard, power-folding door mirrors and four airbags as standard equipment.

Captur’s minisite goes live on November 9 (Wednesday) to offer an immersive experience to visitors by enhancing the model’s features through 3D and 360º views of the interior and exterior design. Available at pre-sales, the top of the range 2-liter Intense version comes with an automatic transmission, leather-appointed seats, and two-tone bodywork. Website visitors will be given an opportunity to make a pre-reservation by choosing between color combinations and then share it on social media platforms.
 
Koleos

With first public appearance in Europe at the Paris Motor Show, the top-of-the-range KOLEOS is a premium sport-utility vehicle destined for a global marketplace, and it comes at a time when SUVs are enjoying strong growth in many markets.

The New KOLEOS combines a rugged SUV styling with the refinement of a large saloon. It is not only elegant, but also modern and dynamic. The model’s design sports unmistakable hallmarks of the segment, such as the taut, powerful, horizontal lines, muscular haunches and high ground clearance, in addition to a spacious interior.

Under the hood, the new KOLEOS comes with the 2.5-litre gas engine that is also an atmospheric, four-cylinder, 16-valve powerplant with double overhead camshafts. Maximum power is of 182 hp at 6,000 rpm, with peak torque of 23.7 kgfm at 4,000 rpm. Particular care was taken to minimize friction for enhanced performance and optimized fuel consumption. With 90% of torque available from as low as 1,800 rpm, it is extremely responsive at low and mid-range engine speeds, and can do 0-to-100 km/h in less than 10 secs.

The SUV is equipped with the 4x4i technology that makes easier to shift between the 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock modes. The comprehensive standard features list includes six airbags, blind spot warning, hands-free parking, 8.7’’ multimedia screen, BOSE® audio system with 13 high-performance loudspeakers, panoramic sunroof, customizable dash, and a handful of hands-free controls, among others.
 
Kwid 

Thanks to its agility and versatility, the Kwid is the ideal companion for large urban areas. The urban compact SUV has a global appeal and it was developed by the local engineering to meet the needs of Brazilian and other Latin American markets. It is based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance platform known as CMF-A, with approximately 80% of new components developed by the RTA. As a result, the compact SUV offers outstanding roominess and safety, thanks to its segment’s first four airbags. 

At this year’s SPMS, the compact SUV shows up robustness and versatility as the Kwid Outsider Concept, a show car especially developed by the RDAL for the viewing. The car is a styling exercise in terms of colors and materials to highlight the best-in-segment driving position, a ground clearance comparable to that of a midsize SUV, and good attack and departure angles.
 
New 1.0 SCe and 1.6 SCe engines

Renault’s expertise as an engine manufacturer in Formula 1, winning 12 constructors’ titles and 11 drivers’ titles, has enabled the Group to develop a wide lineup of powertrain innovations that have played a part in bringing down the fuel consumption of production models. At this edition of the SPMS, Renault unveils the all-new SCe – Smart Control Efficiency –3-cylinder 1.0 and 4-cylinder 1.6 engines. Manufactured at the Ayrton Senna Complex, in Paraná, they are economic to run while offering cutting-edge technology and driving pleasure.

The 1-liter SCe is an all-aluminum engine that offers dynamic performance with fuel savings by up to 19% compared to its predecessor, and it delivers a maximum output of 82 hp running on ethanol and 79 hp on gas. Developed in Brazil as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new engine family, the powertrain is equipped with a DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshaft, one operating the intake valves and the other one operating the exhaust valves), an innovation in the local market’s entry segment. The 1.6 SCe engine is also more powerful and delivers 118 hp running on ethanol and 115 hp on gas when equipping the Sandero and Logan lineup, and 120 hp on ethanol and 118 hp on gas when equipping the Duster and Duster Oroch, while saving up to 21% in fuel.

Another noteworthy evolution in terms of fuel economy is the adoption of an electrically powered hydraulic steering, which adds driving comfort with less maneuvering effort. The presence of a maintenance-free timing chain also contributes to reducing running costs, and the Energy Smart Management (ESM) system is a F1-inspired technology that recovers braking and deceleration energy, thus optimizing efficiency.

Sandero and Logan are now equipped with the Stop&Start system that automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
 
Formula 1 car and F1 Energy engine

Renault has been committed to Formula 1 for over 40 years. In 1977, it introduced the first-ever turbocharged car to F1. In 2016, Renault is back to Formula 1 with its very own team, with the Renault R.S.16 chassis. Now, the Renault Sport Formula One Team can be seen at close quarters at the SPMS.

Yellow and black are Renault’s distinctive colors that date back to the beginning of its heritage in motorsports. The V6 turbocharged RS01 that made its debut in 1977 sported the very same colors, and the R.S.16 pays homage to its exceptional legacy.

Formula 1 is the ultimate expression of passion for motor racing. This vibrant passion is translated into Renault’s brand signature, “Passion for Life”, while Formula 1 racing activities are used to showcase the technological advances transferred to production vehicles, for the benefit of motorists.

Back to Formula 1 with its own team in 2016, Renault Sport Racing takes responsibility for Renault’s extensive racing activities, including the newly created Renault Sport Formula One Team, Renault e.dams, Formula Renault 2.0, Renault Sport R.S.01 Trophy, plus further customer racing and rallying programs.

Renault Sport Cars, new name of Renault Sport Technologies, will manage the development and commercialization of the Renault Sport car portfolio. Renault Sport is recognized worldwide for its excellence in hot hatches such as the Sandero R.S., Mégane R.S. and Clio R.S., as well as efficient and accessible GTs including the new Mégane GT.

Visitors can also check the details of the F1 Energy engine that will be displayed at Renault’s booth. The 1.6-liter V6 turbo power unit with direct fuel injection delivers 850 hp.
 
Renault Sport R.S. 01

If you want dramatic confirmation of Renault’s commitment to motorsport, look no further than the Renault Sport R.S.01, a racecar of spectacular styling and exceptional performance, whose name was inspired by the brand’s first Formula 1 chassis, the RS 01.

Its technical specifications reflect the best of Renault Sport expertise. With a carbon monocoque chassis for a weight of 1,100 kg and a 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo longitudinal engine developing 550 hp of power and 61.2 kgfm of torque, it is able to reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. It has a seven-speed sequential gearbox. Since 2015, Renault Sport R.S.01 is the star of a new championship, the Renault Sport Trophy.
 
Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept

Based on the Sandero R.S. 2-liter 150hp hot hatch, the first Renault Sport model manufactured and marketed in Brazil, the Sandero R.S. Grand Prix Concept show car was developed by the RDAL, located in São Paulo, in order to pay homage to the brand’s victories in Formula 1 championships. The styling exercise blends colors and materials, and it would influence the design of future limited series.

The bold and aggressive design features black bodywork with details in gold, such as on brake calipers and wheel trims, front wings, rear spoiler and side stripes. The interior is trimmed in black and gold, with an upholstery made of quilted leather highlighted by gold stiches.
 
Duster Extreme Concept

Known for its “Welcome to the world of SUVs” slogan, the Renault Duster is playing a stronger bet on its adventurer appeal with the Duster Extreme Concept show car, which was especially developed by the RDAL team for the 2016 edition of the SPMS. The show car adds high performance equipment, accessories, materials and colors to the distinguishing robust design and off-road attributes of the highly commended 2-liter AWD version to face any type of terrain.

The all-new model sports a grey bodywork and red accessories that recall vehicles used in mountain rescues – which is underlined by off-road tires, tow hook, fender flares, roof rack with LED light bars, a side rack, raised suspension, and side stairs. On the inside, the seats boast special safety features highlighted in red.
 

Successful lineup
 
Sandero

The Sandero is Renault’s best-selling model in Brazil. At the SPMS, it will be one of the stars at the carmaker’s booth with the all-new Vibe limited series featuring the 1.0 SCe engine and an array of standard equipment, such as the electrically powered hydraulic steering, Media Nav 2.0 and parking sensors. Outstanding design details include Dark Metallic door mirrors with integrated turn signals, fog lamps, white tail lamps, 15’’ Dark Metallic wheels, exclusive seats, blue air vents and speakers with blue LED accent lighting.

The model has set a benchmark in terms of robustness and roominess, with best-in-class trunk space to please both families and young single motorists that yearn for a beautiful yet practical and well-equipped car. Thanks to the Media Nav, the Sandero also appeals to technology aficionados. “With the new SCe engines and additional comfort and technology items, the Sandero is increasingly luring consumers”, says Bruno Hohmann, Marketing Director at Renault.

As the model’s top-selling trim level, the Sandero Stepway is also on the spotlight with a bold design, a comprehensive standard equipment package, elevated driving position, plenty of comfort and practicality for urban driving, owing to its high ground clearance, or for leisure use.
 
Logan

Renault’s successful saloon car has broken new grounds of innovation by offering generous cabin space, mechanical robustness, low maintenance costs and a three-year warranty without the price tag. At this year’s SPMS, the Logan is on display equipped with the sport package that includes side skirts, and front and rear spoilers with air extractor.

Equipped with the new 1.0 and 1.6 SCe engines, the model has become the country’s most economical flex-fueled saloon car to run. Compared to their predecessors, the 1.0 and 1.6-liter powertrains offer a reduction of 16% and 21% in fuel consumption, respectively.
 
Duster

A sales success in the domestic market, the Duster SUV has been widely acclaimed for its robustness, roominess, class-leading trunk space, high ground clearance and good attack and departure angles. Now it is equipped with the all-new 1.6 SCe engine or the 2-liter powertrain that was improved this year to deliver even more power and allows saving up to 18% in fuel, which gave it the highest score (“A”) at the Fuel Efficiency Labeling Program.

The Duster lineup is now equipped with the Energy Smart Management (ESM) system, a F1-inspired technology that recovers braking and deceleration energy, thus optimizing efficiency in addition to increasing comfort, as well as the electrically powered hydraulic steering, which adds driving comfort with less maneuvering effort, while the presence of the maintenance-free timing chain also contributes to reducing running costs.

Duster and Duster Oroch’s drivers willing to improve fuel efficiency can use the EcoMode function through the in-dash push-button. This function limits engine power and torque, as well as air-conditioning power, thus reducing fuel consumption by 10%. The Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) notifies the driver when it is appropriate to engage the next higher or lower gear in order to obtain the lowest possible fuel consumption.
 
Duster Oroch AT

The innovative Duster Oroch pick-up truck innovated by introducing a market niche between small and large pick-ups. The lineup has been expanded in 2016, with the arrival of the versions with a 4-speed automatic transmission, the same that equips the Duster SUV. The reliable AT ensures maximum comfort while keeping the models’ distinctive robustness and versatility.

With the new transmission, the Duster Oroch now offers improved riding comfort, especially for urban commuters. Today, approximately 48% of motorists who live in large urban areas, like São Paulo or Rio, prefer an automatic transmission.

Duster Oroch’s automatic transmission has proved to be among the most robust ones available in the domestic market, which is ideal to equip a pick-up truck, since it optimizes performance when the cargo bed is used. However, the AT can be controlled manually by simply touching the gearshift knob, which thereby allows shifting between gears.

The automatic transmission was developed taking into account engine performance, comfort and gear change revs, in addition to offering Renault’s full reliability.
 
Fluence

Added technology, comfort and functionality are Fluence’s trump cards to position it as one of the country’s best saloon cars. Its offers widely recognized driving pleasure thanks to a 2-liter 16-valve Hi-Flex engine that delivers 143 hp on ethanol, paired with the XTRONIC CVT transmission that allows smooth gearshifts. Its added technology provides more safety, such as the electronic stability control (ESP), ABS with EBD and up to six airbags.

In addition, the Walk Away Locking (WAL) is a remote function automatically activated without any interference of the driver, who has simply to move away from the car to automatically lock doors, close windows and retract side mirrors, while the hands-free system allows locking the doors and starting the engine without the need of using an ignition key. The R-Link multimedia system comes with an integrated GPS and a speech recognition interface.
 
Electric vehicles

With more than 350 thousand EVs sold worldwide, Renault offers a comprehensive range of all-electric vehicles to meet different needs.

Best-selling EV in Europe, the ZOE was showcased at Renault’s booth at this year’s Paris Motor Show and it is one of the leading stars at this year’s SPMS. Fitted with the new Z.E. 40 battery, the Renault ZOE now delivers a record NEDC driving range of 400km, which is twice the distance delivered by the current model at its original launch. ZOE’s new extended range is the best of any mainstream all-electric vehicle and motorists can take advantage of this step forward now. For example, the new Z.E. 40 battery has a real-world range of 300 kilometers in urban areas.

The Z.E. 40 battery’s charging rate is similar to that of the standard battery, so ‘topping up’ does not take long at all. For example, just 30 minutes are required on average to charge the battery for an extra 80 kilometers of driving range. The battery’s large storage capacity ensures longer range for the ZOE thanks to the meticulous work that went into integrating the battery in the vehicle. The electronic management system of the battery optimizes the ZOE’s energy use on the move, while the new air circulation system maintains the temperature of the ZOE’s battery at a constant level, making the car economical to run in very hot or very cold weather.

In addition to 350 thousand EVs sold worldwide, Renault is committed to electric propulsion in Brazil since 2013, when it entered into partnership with a number of public and private organizations to implement major all-electric mobility projects.

Smaller and lighter than the ZOE, the two-seater Twizy is the ultimate urban vehicle. Thanks to its small footprint, it is agile and versatile, especially when parking spaces are at a premium. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, its synchronous-electric motor offers 20 hp of power and 7.1 kgfm of torque. Maximum speed tops 85 km/h and driving range reaches 100 km.
 
Renault Institute

The future of urban mobility not only goes through modern and innovative cars, but also road safety education programs. For that reason, the Renault Institute will take the itinerant part of “The Road and Me” program to the SPMS. Targeted at children aged 7-11 years old, the activity is supervised by monitors who help the kids learn the importance of traffic rules to improve safety for all road users, in a minitown specially built to simulate real-world conditions.

“One of the Renault Institute’s key pillars of activity is road safety and we are convinced that road safety education – which forms the basis of ‘The Road and Me’ program – is the only way to change the situation and reduce the escalating number of traffic accidents in Brazil”, says Caique Ferreira, Vice-President of the Renault Institute and Communications Director at Renault Brazil.

The activity will be held during public days at the SPMS, from 2 PM to 10 PM. The minitown is located at VICAR’s booth, which is partnering with the Renault Institute in the framework of the program.
 
Commercial footprint

Placing a bet on the renewal of products with a bolder design and excellence in customer service, Renault is increasingly winning over market share in the domestic market since 2009. In 2016, the carmaker is following an upward path, with 7.8% of market share in October, up 0.4% from same period last year. Year-to-date October, it reported 7.5% of market share, from 7.2% from January to October 2015.

Today, Renault has 290 sales outlets strategically distributed nationwide, for 86% of territorial coverage. The quality of its after sales service has been awarded a number of accolades in the last few years. In 2015, it was named by Exame/IBRC as the country’s best customer service in the automotive segment. In 2015 and 2016, it was also recognized by Consumidor Moderno magazine for its Excellence in Customer Service (automotive segment).