The 2017 ZOE with ~200 miles of range on a 41 kWh battery pack is definitely the more practical electric vehicle Renault introduced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show today, but the French automaker is also showcasing its commitment to EVs at the higher end of the market with a stunning new all-electric GT concept: Trezor.
The Trezor is a two-seater electric largely based on the coupé DeZir concept unveiled back in 2010, but with an electric architecture.
It features a giant and impractical one-piece door, but it is a perfect to showcase the elegant interior with a dashboard made from red wood that incorporates a luggage compartment at the front of the vehicle and deep-red leather everywhere.
Renault teamed up with KEIM-cycles to use renowned wood for the dashboard, which also features superimposed thin strips of ash:
For the Trezor’s powertrain, Renault used knowledge acquired through its work with the Renault e.dams, two-time winner of the Formula E Teams’ world title, and delivered a motor with maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm.
The vehicle is even equipped with the same regenerative braking system from Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) found in Formula E racing cars.
The motor is powered by two battery packs each using different cooling systems optimized for different conditions. Renault didn’t disclose the sizes of the packs nor the estimated range of the car.
In a press release, Renault released details of the proportions of the concept:
The TREZOR’s proportions also contribute to its engaging on-the-road manner. Its wide tracks (front: 2,048mm / rear: 2,106mm) and wheelbase (2,776mm) enhance road holding, while the ultra-low bodywork optimises aerodynamics to achieve a drag co-efficient (Cd) of just 0.22. Its centre of gravity is also particularly low (ground clearance: 25cm) for greater stability and less body roll.
To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. Thanks to this work, the TREZOR boasts the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm / height: 1,080mm) while tipping the scales at just 1,600kg.
Finally, Renault says that the Trezor “embodies Renault’s vision of how autonomous cars can make travelling safer and more enjoyable, while allowing motorists to optimise how they use their time”.
It would feature the company’s MULTI-SENSE system, which is currently under development with Nissan’s own self-driving program. Like Nissan’s, it offers a choice of three driving modes: neutral, sport and autonomous.
The automaker says that its autonomous mode is a ‘hands-off / eyes-off’ system and it could be available as soon as 2020.