Renault R-Space Concept
"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."
The body design uses strong forms inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous - despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at families."
Renault's strategic sequence of concept car designs brings with it a parallel progression in their colours: starting with the passionate red of DeZir, future concept cars will follow the sequence of the chromatic circle. Coming after the orange employed for Captur, R- Space is clad in honey-gold bodywork.
The theme being that of the family, it was the image of the family Sunday breakfast that provided the inspiration for R-Space's colours and materials. "The tenderness and warmth of these shared moments find their expression in tones that are hot and 'sweet': the white of the milk, the golden shades of the honey, the brown of the chocolate," explains Laurence Widmer, Head of Colours and Materials on the R- Space concept car. The theme of softness and sweetness is also mirrored in the choice of materials - including suede - which are lush to look at and pleasing to the touch.
R-Space is powered by the Energy TCe Concept. Packed with advanced features, this direct-injection petrol engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines that Renault will begin launching onto the market next year.
With a capacity of 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine is a product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Mated to an automatic EDC double clutch gearbox, it provides the performance of a 1.6 litre engine, with peak power of 110hp/80kW and 160Nm of torque. Its CO2 emissions have been kept to just 95g/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of just 3.7 litres/100km.
The "DRIVINGECO² Advice" setting alerts and informs the driver as to the best way to drive economically and safely.
R-Space is also equipped with the Visio-System which is based on a forward-facing camera dedicated to driver-assistance features. The "DRIVINGECO²" function captures information concerning the vehicle's surroundings (traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc), enabling the "DRIVINGECO² Conseil" function to indicate to the driver the best way to drive economically in each situation.
When the camera detects a set of traffic lights changing from green to red, for example "DRIVINGECO²" advises the driver to stop accelerating. If, on the other hand, the camera detects a clear road ahead, and if the clear distance ahead permits, the advice would be to accelerate briskly to reach the required cruising speed.
Source: Renault press