Leaked: Renault Initiale Paris Concept

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2013

Renault teased its new concept car by showing the headlight but it appears that someone wanted to show us even more ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Called the Renault Initiale Paris Concept, the new vehicle previews the next-generation Espace, which remained unchanged since 2003.

According to the official press release, the new Initiale Paris Concept is company’s vision of premium motoring. Regarding the design, it is quite spectacular and the new Initiale paris continues Renault design chief Laures van den Acker’s ‘Circle of Life’ series.

For those who don’t know, the series began back in 2010 with the Renault DeZir Concept and continued with the Twin’Run and R-Space. We don’t have more details regarding the new Initiale Paris Concept but we will offer you more on Tuesday as we will be in Frankfurt at the official press conference.

Renault Initiale Paris is a huge vehicle, at 4.85 m long. Renowned yet without immoderation, the new concept vehicle guarantees amazing roominess on board. Its body styling quickly conveys:

• the longevity of a saloon, through its resounding grille and bulky shoulders,

• the quality of an SUV, with huge 22-inch wheels and sculptured wings, and

• the lightweight and space of an MPV, through a lavishly coated surface and state-of-the-art roof that romps with light.

The smooth and contemporary body styling of the Renault Initiale Paris concept vehicle is aroused by the worlds of architecture and aeronautics, two fields in which the totally unrelated characteristics of ruggedness and deftness meet up.

The form of the side windows elicits the image of a feather. The rear quarter light, formed like an aircraft tail fin, contains cutting-edge, motorized aerodynamic screens that deploy like the folds of a tail fin with an elegant motion accentuating the dramatic substance of the styling.

Symmetry between ruggedness and deftness is highlighted further by the redundancy of a solid visual display on a few sections of the vehicle. The theme, made out of a building of diamond shapes, shares the soul and structure of a beehive. It highlights the exterior of the grille, the wheels, and the sides of the vehicle. Combining exterior and interior, it additionally appears on the floor section where the rear-hinged doors open.

The architectural creation is reminiscent of the model of an airplane, but also takes inspiration from the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower, quintessential Parisian landmarks, the capital of French-style sophistication. The most formal acclaim to Paris is made by the concept vehicle’s highly original aluminum and plexiglass roof. Milled straight out of the main body, it portrays a map of Paris - strong and unmistakable - demonstrating the city's districts and arteries and the River Seine.

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