Renault Trezor: The future of the Rhombus


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With its powerful Passion Red styling and body, the DeZir heralded the first stage of an unfounded lifecycle design strategy: falling in love. But the Trezor, which was presented at the last Paris Motor Show, goes further, symbolizing feelings of maturity and commitment.

This impressive concept car reflects the maturity of the French house by introducing the new styling traits that can be found in its warm, simple and sensual lines. In addition, it has a clearly defined familiar face and characteristic C-shaped lighting.

Smooth and silky up front, this bodywork conveys the dynamic character of the car. While at the rear it features hexagonal panels that highlight its sporty temperament. The metallic finish, meanwhile, conveys an image that is both elegant and protective. Its silhouette, without a doubt, presents the classic attributes of a GT.

On the hood, the honeycomb air intake resonates with the rear body structure. These hexagonal shapes provide a variable geometry that embellishes the Trezor with extra dynamism and creates the impression that it is really breathing.

On the left side of the body, the fuel filler neck was replaced by an analog gauge that shows the vehicle's charge level, drawing on traditional sports car practices. 

The rear sector is equipped with modern, robust fiber optic lights integrating a red laser. This assembly provides a distinctive lighting, especially during braking in which the twisting and accumulation of the optical fibers creates an interesting visual effect and increases the light intensity.

Inside the Trezor, there is a strong focus on evolving the interior design. The style is warm and sensual, with red as the predominant color. The accent is on driving pleasure and the use of high-quality materials, including wood and leather, is abundant. With its blend of craftsmanship, technology and a true French flair, the cabin offers a preview of the elegant, more refined interiors of future Renault models, complete with cutting-edge connectivity.

Providing a true link between the interior and exterior of the car, the red enamel ensures a bright, warm cabin. The one-piece door pops up like the lid of a jewelry box. 

Standing only 1,080mm tall, the Trezor invites occupants to cross the side of their body when climbing. This style of entry takes us back to the world of classic race cars, in which drivers felt one with their machines. The sporty and sensual entry way is accentuated by the red leather upholstery of the upper part of the shaft. It almost looks like a saddle, so one can be riding a steed as easily as getting into a car. Entry is facilitated by the automatic recline of the head restraints.

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The Trezor provides another surprise when you board, with a dash made of red wood that incorporates a luggage compartment at the front of the vehicle. The round contours of the seats were inspired by the world of furniture design to create a luxurious and comfortable interior. Upholstered in a soft, deep red leather, they represent the refinement of luxury goods.

Using a high-precision process developed by KEIM-cycles, the board includes thin, overlapping ash strips. The finished article provides a level of strength comparable to that of the new composites and highlights the structural qualities of the wood, mainly light, strength, organicism and warmth.

The refined dashboard highlights the modern and technological features of the cabin and features a large touch panel. The rectangular steering wheel opens up the driver's field of vision and is reminiscent of the world of Formula 1. It features three displays, one mounted in the center displaying the logo and two touch panels on each side instead of the traditionally cluttered controls.

Not only does Renault stand out as a pioneer in the world of electric mobility, as well as being the manufacturer of the best-selling electric vehicles in Europe, but it also contributes directly to the expansion of all-electric motor racing through its participation in the Championship. FIA Formula E.

The Trezor's engine is derived from the Renault e.dams, two-time champion of the world title of Formula E teams. With a maximum power of 260Kw (350hp) and a maximum torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in less than four seconds. It features two batteries, each with its own cooling system optimized by the variable air intake geometry built into the hood. It also incorporates a brake-actuated energy recovery system, courtesy of Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for the FE race.

Thanks to the fact that its batteries are located separately, one in the front and one in the rear, it has an optimal weight distribution. Its rear wheel drive system ensures that power is delivered more efficiently to enhance driving pleasure.

The Trezor's proportions also contribute to its attractive attitude on the road. Its wide tracks (front: 2,048mm / rear: 2,106mm) and wheelbase (2,776mm) enhance road grip, while the ultra-low body optimizes aerodynamics to achieve a friction coefficient of just 0.22. Its center of gravity is also particularly low (ground clearance: 25cm) for greater stability and less roll.

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To improve performance and battery life, Renault Design paid particular attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell paired with tubular steel front and rear frames. The monocoque and the access hatch are made of carbon. Thanks to this work, the Trezor has the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm / height: 1,080mm) weighing only 1.600 kg.

It is equipped with custom-developed Continental tires, installed on 21-inch and 22-inch wheels, front and rear respectively. A portion of its tread features a designated pattern to optimize clearance on wet surfaces while the rest is completely smooth to maximize grip.

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