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  Renault Egeus Concept

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:August 15, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAt the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Renault is presenting its new Egeus concept car, a resolutely upmarket 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle with the seductive elegance and luxurious, comfortable interior of a saloon. Thanks to its SUV size, Egeus offers a spacious interior while its exterior promises solidity and a dynamic personality. The longer bonnet highlights a soft, flowing design worthy of an upper-segment coupé.

Egeus is the perfect combination of elegance and sportiness, power and solidity. Its design is a natural continuation of the previous concept cars Wind and Fluence and carries echoes of a top-of-the-range saloon. Its flowing, homogenous lines have nothing of the angular styling usually associated with an SUV. The front end is deliberately pared-down. By incorporating the air inlets under the headlamps, Egeus has no need for a grille, too brash for such a pure design. The play of light on the double curve of the sides further accentuates its flowing form.

This suppleness is evident in the way the bonnet flows into the rounded windscreen, which, in turn, blends seamlessly into the bubble-shaped glazed roof. The bubble shape of the rear window forms a continuous, flowing line with the windscreen in a streamlined shape worthy of any coupé. The rear window rests on broad wings that sit the car squarely on the road. With its longer bonnet, shorter front and rear overhang, and rounded rear wings, Egeus has a dynamic, powerful character. Its 22-inch wheels combine with higher ground clearance than that of a classic saloon to give this concept car its solid stance. Inside, the seat height is designed for greater visibility while reinforcing passengers' sensation of comfort and safety.

Egeus features four independent seats with all the comfort of a luxury car. Noble materials and a subtle blend of colours and textures distinguish the spacious interior. The relaxed, elegant atmosphere adds to the feeling of serenity inside the cabin. The "Cythère Blue" bodywork, the "manta ray" dashboard and the blue-tinted hues of the cabin evoke an underwater world. The leather upholstery in woven beige tones, inspired by a pixelated image of a setting sun, creates a warm atmosphere. The centre console, upholstered in blue-tinted leather, echoes Egeus' undulating sides. It incorporates three generous stowage compartments in addition to the two front-door bins. The cabin is warm and welcoming thanks to the glazed roof and a central strip with two transparent sections.

The wraparound seats guarantee a high level of comfort and stand out for their innovative functions. The front seats pivot outwards and can be lowered 70mm for the easiest possible access. The rear-hinged doors plus the absence of a centre pillar give unencumbered access to the rear seats. The boot features a split-level opening, with a classic lift-up top and a motorized, drop-down lower section that includes a sliding tray for effortlessly loading heavy or bulky objects. The height of this tray can be electronically adjusted to reconfigure the boot's interior space. The side door handles are flush-fitting so as not to detract from the streamlined sides. An optical sensor detects an approaching hand and pushes the handle out a few centimetres, making it easy to grasp.

The GPS navigation system calculates the recommended speed, which is then shown in the centre of the speedometer dial, with its analogue and digital displays. LED diodes around the dial flash to alert drivers if they go over this speed. In off-road mode, an indicator on the instrument panel is automatically activated to show the car's attitude to the horizontal and alert the driver if there is any risk of roll-over. At the top of the dashboard, a centrally positioned interactive screen relays information to passengers, in particular a detailed trajectory map. The intuitive controls are true to the principles of Touch Design. The central rotary speed selector benefits from simple ergonomic styling. The ideally-located multimedia control lever makes for easy handling while the steering wheel-mounted controls mirror the natural curve of the hand.

The 250hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, mounted north-south, gives Egeus both power and agility. Euro 4 compliant, it is fitted with a particulate filter. The fully automatic 4WD transmission regulates traction on the four wheels from 0 to 100% according to grip. This, combined with a seven-speed flick-shift automatic transmission, ensures a high level of driving comfort while substantially reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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