At the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris Renault unveiled Trezor, an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car. The concept blends Renault’s sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience and autonomous driving. Like all great concepts, however, it also is a glimpse at where Renault is going – and where Renault goes, corporate partner Nissan is likely coming along for the ride.
Trezor is a two-seater electric coupé that embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of Renault Clio in 2012. With its powerful styling and Passion Red coachwork, the DeZir heralded the first stage of a design strategy founded on the cycle of life: falling in love.
As a styling exercise, though, the Trezor is long, elegant, and bold, with a striking red interior. The Trezor is a huge two-seater electric coupe that features autonomous functionality. Proportionally extreme, the car’s visage and headlights offer probably the strongest cues about the next part of the company’s design journey.
Another interesting touch is the exterior lighting, which changes to indicate to those around it that it’s in fully-autonomous mode. We’re seeing more automakers playing with exterior signals or symbology to communicate with passersby, although this seems to offer less tangible benefits.
The electric powertrain architecture is very real, though. Renault has been one of the prime partners in the Formula E race series since its inception in 2014, and the company is also Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer. So we know the Trezor’s 350bhp motor works, and it will hit 62mph in less than four seconds. It also uses the ‘rechargeable energy storage system’ as seen in Formula E.