First look at new Renault DeZir concept

The DeZir has been designed under the brand’s new ‘Drive the Change’ signature and the two-seater coupe has, says Renault been designed with ‘fluidity’ in mind.

“DeZir is a statement of our new formal design language which conveys notions such as movement, sensuality and emotion through ideal proportions," says Renault’s Director of Concept Car and Show Car Design, Axel Breun.

The concept features flowing lines throughout as well as large wheel arches to house the 21-inch wheels, a futuristic wrap-around windscreen and a long, wave-like grille.

The Z in the DeZir name is a nod towards the hypothetical electric powerplant of the concept, mirroring similar use of the letter for the upcoming Fluence Z.E. and Twingo Z.E. electric vehicles.

Renault are not expected to build the car in future as certain features – such as the lack of a rear window – would be difficult to employ in a production car. Instead, the concept will introduce a new design language and influence future models.

Renault has confirmed the front-end is a preview to future models, however. The prominent headlamps complete with ‘eyelids’ are new to Renault, and are expected to influence upcoming cars.

Inside, the interior features white leather trim, a cockpit-style drivers area and a rippled effect dashboard in white leather finish.

The electric motor is mounted towards the rear of the car to ensure even weight distribution and the 24kWh lithium-ion battery is located behind the benchseat.

Renault suggests the car will be capable of travelling 100 miles between charges with power as much as 11kW and 226Nm of torque. A 0-62mph sprint time of five seconds and a top speed of 112mph is quoted by Renault.

As with the Fluence Z.E., the DeZir could be charged via a standard household plug, a fast charge 400V plug or a fast battery exchange.

Renault Design will use a single team of designers for each new concept car and the future production model. Its eventual strategy is to create a product plan based on the new design language.