At the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, plenty of beautiful machines made their debut in front of many car enthusiasts, and Renault has not been left behind. This time, the brand unveiled Trezor, an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car that blends its brand warm, simple, and sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric power-train, and autonomous driving.
Trezor, a two-seater electric coupé, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of the new 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; but the Trezor goes further, by symbolizing feelings of maturity and commitment. It reflects the maturity of Renault’s designs – a factor that, since 2014, has become the primary reason driving customers to purchase one of the brand’s vehicles.
“The Renault range has now been completely renewed and upgraded with a spectrum of complementary models, each one of which has its own assertive identity. With the Trezor, we have pursued this renewal by introducing a new life-cycle sequence. This concept car is the fruit of freedom of expression and prepares the way for the trends we are likely to see in our upcoming vehicles. These trends fall into two categories: French Design and Easy Life.” said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President of Corporate Design.
Standing just 1,080 mm tall, with its warm and sensual style, and red as the predominant color, the Trezor invites occupants to straddle the side of its body as they climb in. This design of entry is a throwback to the world of classic racing cars, where drivers felt like one with their machines. The sporting and sensual manner of entry is accentuated by the red leather trim for the upper part of the pillar. It looks almost like a saddle, so you might be mounting a steed just as easily as getting into a car. Ingress is facilitated by automatically reclining headrests. The Trezor also provides another surprise when you climb in, a dashboard made from redwood that incorporates a luggage compartment at the front of the vehicle. Made-to-measure cases are held in place by leather straps and remind us how travel can be an art form.
Not only does Renault stand out as a pioneer of electric mobility, in addition to being Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer, but it also is contributing directly to the expansion of all-electric motorsport through its participation in the FIA Formula E Championship. Its design strategy aims to create a link between the brand and its customers at each stage in their lives: when they fall in love, begin to explore the world, start a family, begin work, take time out to play, and gain wisdom.