As a reflection of Renault S.A.’s new design philosophy of combining sensuality and monospace architecture in the MPV class, the company’s designers came up with the R-Space – a compact MPV that measures 4.25 meters in length and has a silhouette that is powerful, sporty and flowing.
Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars, explains that R-Space possesses qualities long considered opposed like functionality, family, sportiness and sensuality. The R-Space’s tapered side windows emphasize the dynamic profile, while the large windscreen and panoramic roof – the thickness of which changes gradually – transform the passenger compartment into a cocoon.
Its nose adapts the new visual identity (centered on the large and vertically-oriented Renault lozenge) to an MPV’s proportions.
The R-Space’s body design uses forms inspired by the human body and its body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes - meaning the eye focuses on reflections and the play of light instead of the lines themselves. Exterior designer Fabrice Pouille reveals that the pent-up energy in tensed muscles “inspired” him while making the R-Space’s design.
He explained, “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.” Powered by the Energy TCe Concept, R-Space has advanced features and the direct-injection petrol engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines that Renault will launch in 2012.
The three-cylinder concept engine, with a 900cc capacity, is a product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Paired with an automatic EDC double clutch gearbox, the TCe engine has the performance of a 1.6 liter engine, with peak power of 110hp/80kW and 160Nm of torque. It has carbon dioxide emissions of 95g/km, which is equivalent to fuel consumption of only 3.7 liters/100km.
Renault has specified the new Renault R-Space Concept with the Visio-System that is derived from a forward-facing camera devoted to driver-assistance features. This system features the so-called DRIVINGECO2 function that captures information regarding the surroundings like pedestrian crossings, and traffic lights.
The DRIVINGECO2 Conseil function informs the driver how best to achieve an economical drive in every kind of situation. For instance, when the camera detects that the traffic is changing to red, the DRIVINGECO2 would tell the driver to stop accelerating. When the camera sees that the road is clear and there is a clear distance ahead, it would tell the driver to accelerate to reach the required cruising speed.
Additionally, the new Renault R-Space Concept comes with the DRIVINGECO2 Score function that rates the driver's eco-driving performance at the end of each trip. This function provides details about a number of parameters like usage of brakes and engine braking, thereby helping drivers to evaluate their eco-driving techniques as well as gain from the recommendations provided.
Interestingly, it is not only the driver who would benefit when eco-driving performance is improved. This is because the so-called eco-score will give bonus points to rear passengers playing video games on the screens inset into the head restraints.