It features a glazed polycarbonate roof with butterfly-type vertical opening side doors in addition to a Tour de Force of technology and gadgets including touch controls, passenger wellbeing monitoring and smart communication technologies.

Renault has released today initial details for its top Paris motor show concept, the Ondelios. Combining a high-end crossover with a hybrid powertrain, Renault describes the concept as a “long-distance travel-loving aerodynamic crossover born for the open road.”

Taking inspiration from the world of aviation, the Ondelios with its flowing aerodynamic design is 4.8-metre-long, 1.6-metre high and manages a low drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.29. It features a glazed polycarbonate roof with butterfly-type vertical opening side doors in addition to a Tour de Force of technology and gadgets including touch controls, passenger wellbeing monitoring and smart communication technologies.

Inside there are three rows of seats offering individual seating for six. Each seat has an interactive portable multimedia device which can be used for sharing data or multiplayer gaming. Speakers are also incorporated into the headrests plus multizone HVAC system for each passenger.

Power comes from a 205hp (150kW) version of the 2.0 dCi engine producing 450Nm of torque, with two 20kW electric motors at the front and rear. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, they operate in mild hybrid mode, giving the engine extra boost as required. They use a brake and boost system, recovering energy during braking then delivering it to the engine to boost acceleration. The front motor also uses fuel-saving stop-start technology.

Ondelios goes from a 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds, driving through a seven-speed, double-clutch gearbox. Fuel consumption is 4.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions at 120g/km.

Renault hints that the Ondelios could be a high-end car for the near future.

See press release below for further details.

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