It stands out as another example of Renault’s determination to bring automotive innovation to the widest audience possible. Renault Captur brings affordable new ideas to the segment. The clever solutions designed to make everyday life easier include a sliding rear bench seat, a multi-position boot floor and Media Nav or Renault R-Link multimedia systems, not to mention its Easy Life drawer-type glove box (left hand drive models only), two-tone paint and zipped removable seat covers.
True to its strategy which seeks to make innovation available to as many motorists as possible, Renault has stolen a lead in the realm of in-car connectivity with the widespread availability of its Renault R-Linkmultimedia system across its range. Now available for New Clio Hatchback, New Clio Sport Tourer, New Clio Renaultsport, ZOE, Captur and New Kangoo Express, it equips all the vehicles on display on the brand’s stand in Geneva.
Renault’s new styling cues are becoming increasingly visible and are embodied by all the vehicles on show in Geneva, including the new Renault Scénic line-up which has been joined by Scénic XMOD, a crossover version of the benchmark MPV. With its adventurer look and outstanding dynamics, it is the perfect vehicle for escaping the crowds.
Renault has been a passionate supporter of motorsport for 115 years. As an engine supplier to four F1 teams and with 11 Constructors’ world titles to its name, Renault has carried over the technological expertise it has acquired on the race track to the development of its Energy engines. This range has been extended with the addition of the brand new Energy TCe 130 petrol engine that will go on sale in April under the bonnet of New Mégane, New Scénic and New Grand Scénic.
The unveiling of New Clio GT-Line 120 EDC sees Renault further fuel the passion generated by its Renaultsport and GT range of versatile performance cars.
Thanks to the combination of its Energy range of engines and its electric vehicle programme which together spearhead the brand’s environmental drive, Renault is on target to go below the emissions threshold of 120g/km. Following the launch of four electric vehicles over a period of two years, Renault, which has been Europe’s number one van manufacturer since 1998, takes the wraps off New Kangoo Z.E. The precursor of the brand’s Z.E. range is also Europe’s best-selling compact electric van and the latest version forms part of the Kangoo line-up’s renewal that was announced at the end of January.
CAPTUR, THE URBAN CROSSOVER WITH RENAULT STYLE
Elegant and practical
“The genes of Renault Captur contain all the ideas of the concept car – the concept car which it was my pleasure to present as the expression of the ‘Explore’ theme in Renault’s life-cycle design strategy. As the brand’s first urban crossover, Captur combines all the advantages of the MPV, SUV and family hatchback. Its balanced, fluid lines impart a friendly muscular energy to its bodywork, while its expressive style and everyday practicality provide an open invitation to discover the world – either two-up, or with the whole family aboard.” Laurens van den Acker (Senior Vice President, Corporate Design, Renault)
Designed for love at first sight – and real-world practicality
Renault Captur is an urban crossover with an unpretentious look. Thanks to its compact footprint (4.12m x 1.77m x 1.57m) and large 16- or 17-inch wheels, it proclaims its sporty vocation and lust for adventure, while its substantial ground clearance (200 mm) raises it to the level of a number of crossovers and 4x4s from the next segment up. Thanks to its dynamic stance, Renault Captur comes across as more imposing than its actual dimensions would suggest.
Renault Captur’s fluid, balanced forms express an assertive personality. The forward position of its steeply-raked windscreen emphasises the design’s dynamic appeal, and the two-part horizontal rear lights permit a wide tailgate while steering clear of a boxy look. The sense of quality is also evident in the fit of the wheels, with a minimal gap between the tyres and the bodywork. Meanwhile, modern, original and practical styling details confirm that Renault Captur has above all been designed to be extremely user-friendly. For example, the sill protection mouldings guard against urban and rural scrapes, and the base of each door is shaped to prevent shoes and clothing getting dirty when climbing aboard.
Inside, the impression of space is borne out by the cabin’s generous dimensions. Echoing the exterior, Renault Captur’s interior is bright, colourful, harmonious and customisable. A choice of light or dark trims is available for the first two equipment levels, and the mesh map pockets on the front seat backs – as fitted to the concept car of the same name – are both sophisticated and useful. The patterns selected for the upholstery permit a wide range of colour combinations and contrasts.
Easy to personalise so that everyone can shape it to their individual lifestyle and desires
With Renault Captur, it is possible to specify:
- two-tone paintwork to provide a contrast between the roof and pillars and the rest of the body,
- the colour of the wheels,
- decor graphics for the bonnet, roof or tailgate, as well as a range of themed decor packs to embellish the steering wheel and upholstery and co-ordinate them with the exterior graphics,
- a light or black interior trim,
- one of several interior decor colours: grey, ivory, chrome, orange, blue or green for the air vent, centre console and loudspeaker surrounds, as well as for the drawer-type Easy Life glove box (not available with right hand drive). These colours are echoed by the upholstery,
- a choice of four non-removable upholsteries for the first two equipment levels, plus a range of eight Zip Collection zipped seat covers as options for the second equipment and standard for the third equipment level.
Attractively priced equipment packs will help customers configure their own personalised vehicle with co-ordinated interior and exterior.
Renault turns the crossover into a car for everyday use
“Thanks to readily affordable innovations that are in tune with the times, Renault has always designed cars that are easy to live with. As a genuine crossover, designed for the real world, Renault Captur proves the point one more time.” Benoît Bochard (A and B Segment Programme Director)
Renault Captur’s clever features make everyday life easier
Renault Captur introduces two seldom seen, but valued, innovations: patented Zip Collection removable seat covers (depending on version), plus a large Easy Life drawer in place of the familiar glove box (not available with right hand drive). On a more general level, Renault Captur brings innovative practical and comfort features to a broader public in the B segment.
- Easy Life: the first glove box that can be used by the driver from the driving seat. Capable of holding 11 litres, the Easy Lifedrawer is a more attractive and practical solution than the traditional glove box, since it is so easy to see inside and reach its contents.
- The removable, multi-position boot floor is also reversible, with carpeting on one side and rubberised plastic on the other.
- The uncluttered forms of the large boot enable it to hold from 377 to 455 litres (depending on rear sliding seat position)
- A removable 1.6-litre bin is located between the front seats.
- A large lidded stowage area is set in the top of the dashboard.
- The front door bins can accommodate 1.5-litre drinks bottles.
- Two handy stowage areas are located underneath the boot mat either side of the tyre inflation kit.
- The rear bench seat slides 160mm of fore/aft travel.
Easy to maintain:
- The Zip Collection seat covers are easy to unzip, for cleaning by hand or in a washing machine. There is no need to labour awkwardly inside the car to get rid of stains; the interior can now be as good as new when you come to re-sell.
- The rubberised side of the reversible multi-position boot floor can simply be sponged clean or swept out, while the boot walls and front seat shrouding will cope easily with dirty loads.
Thoughtful and convenient:
- Keyless entry and starting is standard across the range, while a hands-free key card is available for the second equipment level and upwards,
- The height-adjustable driver’s seat has 70mm of travel so that drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable driving position.
- Motorway Lane Change function: a single flick of the indicator produces three flashes.
- Hill Start Assist across the range.
- Rear parking sensors (audible signal) and reversing camera as part of MEDIA NAV or R-Link packs.
- Cornering lights: automatic activation of the appropriate fog light to light up the inside of a corner and provide the driver with a wider field of view.
- Welcome lighting and indirect ambient lighting above the Easy Life drawer, from the second equipment level upwards.
Renault Captur – making the on-board experience even more luxurious
Thanks to their generous complement of standard equipment, all versions of Renault Captur boast an equipment specification worthy of larger classes:
Renault Captur can be specified with an EDC dual clutch gearbox mated to the TCe 120 engine, to combine the comfort of automatic transmission with the fuel economy of a manual.
To cement its family-wide appeal, Renault Captur is equipped with the very best in multimedia solutionsthanks to a choice between the Renault R-Link or Media Nav systems, as well as high-quality audio equipment. All versions of Renault Captur feature four large-diameter (165mm) loudspeakers as standard or, when R-Link is specified, four woofers and two tweeters. All the audio systems available for Renault Captur come with steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control, plus USB and jack sockets, mounted either on the fascia itself or elsewhere on the console. The Bluetooth ® technology of these systems allows hands-free telephone operation and enjoyment of music stored on portable devices with no need for trailing cables. The R-Plug&Radio systems are equipped with an MP3-compatible CD player.
Renault Captur: the most fuel-efficient urban crossover in its class
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions among the segment’s very best
Thanks to its choice of Energy engines, Renault Captur aims to be the category leader with regard to low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, yet still be fun to drive.
A crossover that weighs as little as a hatchback
To further reduce fuel consumption, Renault Captur benefits from the latest research into weight saving, aerodynamics and tyres. Its weight is the same as that of Clio III, even though it has a larger footprint and extra comfort and safety equipment. Whenever the cooling requirement reduces, powered flaps behind the bumper automatically close off the air intakes, for the benefit of overall aerodynamic efficiency (depending on version and market). Meanwhile, ducting inside the engine compartment channels the flow of air, again improving aerodynamic performance. Last but not least, ultra-low rolling resistance tyres reduce fuel consumption by up to three per cent.
Ahead of the game in the use of recycled materials
Recycled materials account for 16 per cent (by weight) of the plastics used in the manufacture of Renault Captur. This is a first for Renault and represents one of the best scores in the automobile industry.
Meticulously designed and built to last
Built on the proven B platform
Bolstered by its expertise in vehicle architecture, Renault has always led the way when it comes to developing bold new concepts. Compact on the outside, yet spacious and versatile inside, Renault Captur once again breaks down barriers between the established segments. It is built around the proven Renault-Nissan Alliance B platform that is widely acclaimed for its comfort, roominess, handling and reliability. Renault Captur uses the same drivetrain as New Clio, with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase.
Manufacturing expertise at the Valladolid plant
The Valladolid plant in Spain has risen to the manufacturing challenges presented by Captur, notably that of bringing two-tone paintwork to a wider audience. It is expected that there will be a high take-up rate for this finish, so the plant has established a process and developed solutions for fast and effective masking.
Reassuring: all models equipped with Hill Start Assist and Roll Movement Intervention
Renault Captur reaches the very highest standards in terms of active and passive safety:
- Adult safety: reinforced structure, high-performance frontal airbags, head/thorax lateral airbags, impact detection pressure sensors, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, anti-whiplash head restraints, a load limiter function for the outer rear seats and an anti-submarining design for the front seats.
- Child safety: Isofix child seat anchorage for front passenger seat and outer rear seats, with three seatbelt points and three type approved seat belt positions for child seats.
- Pedestrian safety: designed to minimise pedestrian impact injuries, particularly to the legs, hips and head.
The dynamics of Renault Captur fully reflect the brand’s expertise and high standards. Its road holding inspires confidence, while its responsive handling and ride comfort figure among the very best in its class.
To ensure driver confidence, all versions of Renault Captur will be equipped with:
- ESC with Roll Movement Intervention.This intervenes in extreme situations, if the body roll angle threatens to become excessive. It makes use of the ESC’s control unit to brake individual wheels.
- Hill Start Assist prevents the vehicle from rolling back when the driver releases the foot brake by temporarily holding the vehicle stationary.
- ABS and emergency brake assist, plus latest-generation ESC traction control complete with seven sensors.
Ordering for Captur in the UK opens in April with first deliveries from July.
RENAULT SCÉNIC XMOD, NEWCOMER TO THE SCÉNIC LINE
Scénic XMOD, the market’s leading MPV… in crossover mode
An exercise in fluid lines and assertive looks, Scénic XMOD features crossover styling in an expression of Renault’s new design identity. Scénic XMOD states its difference with style, yet retains the genetic make-up of Renault Scénic – the benchmark European MPV since 1996.
Outdoor cues an invitation to travel
Sporty and elegant, Scénic XMOD successfully combines the outdoor cues of a crossover with the refined world of an MPV. The car features an expressive crossover-inspired design with raised ground clearance, special front and rear bumpers, sill guards and chrome-finish roof bars (depending on equipment level).
An interior which exudes driving enjoyment
The cabin of Scénic XMOD has been restyled with a fixed centre console and cockpit-like driving position. The console houses the rotary control for the Grip Xtend system, as well as the multi-directional joystick control for the optional Renault R-Link multimedia system. Both fall within easy reach.
The dashboard features a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) digital display and the connected Renault R-Link touch screen multimedia system when specified as an option, providing a simple and clear overview of all the information required while on the move. Renault R-Link will become available as an option for New Scénic XMOD, New Scénic and Grand Scénic at a later date.
The Dynamique TomTom Bose®+ Pack version of Scénic XMOD includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a sporty and eye-catching design, as well as aluminium-capped pedals and gear lever knob, plus new gloss anodised dark charcoal interior details. Visible stitching and special new upholstery make the seats particularly inviting.
Scénic’s DNA: cabin space and travelling comfort
Scénic XMOD retains the key features that have made Scénic the benchmark in the compact MPV segment, i.e. cabin space and a modular seat layout for optimum comfort. Its 555-litre boot is one of the biggest in its class, while no less than 71 litres of additional storage space are cleverly spread around the cabin. Scénic XMOD offers simple, effective and fast modularity: the seats are independent, folding and removable to provide a host of seating configurations.
Get away from it all, while remaining in complete control
Scénic XMOD is the first vehicle in the Renault range to feature the new Grip Xtend system.
This advanced traction control system enables the vehicle to grip the road confidently in difficult driving conditions (snow, mud, sand, etc.). The rotary control located on the centre console allows the driver to select one of three modes: ‘Road’, ‘Loose Ground’ or ‘Expert’.
The default ‘Road’ mode suits all hard road surfaces (dry, wet or icy) and offers conventional traction control settings. It automatically reconnects at speeds of more than 25mph after another mode has been selected.
In the ‘Loose Ground’ mode, the Grip Xtend system takes over from the driver to manage the driven wheels. This mode automatically modifies engine torque and brake force distribution to permit more wheel spin at the front. This allows the M+S (Mud and Snow) tyres to clear surface mud or sand more efficiently for even better grip and traction.
In ‘Expert’ mode, Grip Xtend manages the braking system, but leaves the driver in full control of the engine torque to adjust the car’s acceleration.
The Grip Xtend system must be associated with special-compound Mud and Snow tyres to optimise the clearance of mud, sand or slush.
A facelift for New Scénic and New Grand Scénic
Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic have been restyled to take on Renault’s new design identity.
Europe’s best-selling MPV now even more stylish
New Scénic and Grand Scénic feature Renault’s new front-end styling with a more assertive grille thanks to the bigger Renault logo which is set against a gloss black background. The materials used give a more expressive, status-enhancing feel, and a more dynamic stance.
Energy power boost for the Scénic line
Like Scénic XMOD, New Scénic and Grand Scénic can be ordered with one of the three new Energy powertrains which were renewed between May 2011 and May 2012. The list includes the brand-new petrol Energy TCe 130 Stop & Start.
The latest Energy engines all share the same guiding principle, i.e. significantly reduced fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and running costs, plus maximum driving enjoyment and high quality.
A showcase of Renault’s powertrain excellence, the Energy TCe 130 Stop & Start is the latest addition to Renault’s petrol engine range which also includes the recent Energy TCe 115 Stop & Start. This particularly smooth yet responsive powerplant combines genuine driving enjoyment and sprightly performance, even at low revs. Discreet and quiet-running, it features the ultra-fast Stop & Start system (see chapter on Energy powertrains). Renault’s Energy technology delivers a 15 per cent fuel consumption saving (more than 1 litre/100km) over the previous TCe 130 unit.
Reliability is Renault’s constant focus, from the design phase to the manufactured product. New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are made in Douai, France.
Douai: renowned for quality
Production of the Mégane 1 Hatchback started in 1995 at the Douai factory, followed one year later by Mégane Classic and Scénic. Since Scénic’s release in 1996, 4,300,000 units have been produced at the plant. Renault has built up its expertise on the strength of the rigour and professionalism of all the plant’s employees.
Renault has also invested €420 million in adapting and upgrading the Douai factory, which aims to become the production site for Renault’s premium models. To achieve this goal, the plant has implemented a quality policy involving each and every staff member. Dubbed the ‘Douai certified quality’ plan, it is based on four cornerstones:
- a thorough understanding of quality standards and practices,
- everyday quality management,
- the highest level of skills,
- a stronger focus on perceived quality.
Depending on the version, another mark of the quality of Scénic XMOD and New Grand Scénic is the Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system which features tailor-engineered sound and class-leading acoustic performance. The system includes eight speakers, a digital amplifier and a bass enclosure under the front passenger seat.
Renault and BOSE®, a partnership geared to quality sound
Acclaimed the world over for its quality, performance and taste for innovation, Bose designs custom-engineered audio systems in association with Renault. These systems match the acoustic properties of each model’s cabin to deliver precise, realistic sound reproduction which is close to that of a live performance.
Ordering for the New Scénic and Grand Scénic opens in the UK later this month with first deliveries from May
R-LINK – CARRYING OVER EXPERIENCE OF THE CONNECTED WORLD TO IN-CAR USE
Renault R-Link is now available for sale and is fast becoming a widespread feature of the Renault range
True to its undertaking to bring automotive innovations to a wider audience, Renault is in the process of making connected motoring an affordable reality for a high number of motorists. Revealed in 2012, the connected, in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia tablet can now be specified for New Clio Hatchback, New Clio Estate and New Clio Renaultsport, ZOE and New Kangoo Van, as well as for the brand’s new crossover, Captur. It comes as either a standard fitment or an option costing from £450 in the UK.
R-Link will gradually go on to become available for Renault’s other models, while the Scénic XMOD, New Scénic, New Grand Scénic and New Kangoo Van Z.E. on display at the Geneva Motor Show are all equipped with the system.
R-Link users will be helped by Renault to familiarise themselves with the system thanks to an introductory selection of applications, six months’ free access to the system’s connected service) and three months’ trial access to TomTom® LIVE .
A link between the connected and motoring worlds
The R-Link tablet sees Renault steal a lead in the world of automotive multimedia. Thanks to its connectivity, the brand’s in-dash multimedia system provides a bridge between the connected and motoring worlds. It brings an exciting range of new services and applications specifically developed to make the motorist’s life easier. Renault R-Link’s user-friendly functions will also appeal to those who take an interest in new technologies and is easy to use for those that don’t..
Information as and when it is needed, in total safety
To avoid having to carry countless portable devices or telephones when travelling in a car, Renault R-Link packs a comprehensive list of multimedia functions into a single system, from navigation and telephony, to the radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and audio streaming and connectivity for portable music players, as well as a range of vehicle-related services, plus an array of motorist friendly applications that can be downloaded directly to the system. These functions are controlled through the simple, intuitive seven-inch (18cm) touch screen display.
R-Link’s Home Page can be customised to display all the information needed by the driver at the same time, which is a market first. This default page appears every time the system is switched on.
Meanwhile, the six-icon main menu provides direct access to the different functions, namely the navigation and multimedia systems, telephone use, vehicle-related services, applications and system settings.
Renault R-Link has been conceived to ensure that all its principal functions are intuitive and perfectly safe to use, without drivers having to take their eyes off the road. The system can be controlled by voice commands or by touching the screen.
- All the functions can be controlled by touching the screen display, while the audio and telephone functions can also be adjusted using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control.
- Thanks to the voice command facility (nine languages1 covered), users can activate certain functions extremely easily, such as “call” (followed by a telephone number, or a number stored in the address book), “go to” (followed by a destination), “display my applications” or “e-mail”, for example.
1 French, English, German, Portuguese (only in Portugal), Dutch, Italian, Russian and Turkish
Meanwhile, the Text To Speech (TTS) function will automatically read out text or the RSS feeds of certain applications if the vehicle is moving.
However, certain applications and functions can only be used at a standstill, such as the Sudoku game, R-Link Tweet, E-guide, etc.
Discover the benefits of Renault R-Link
Renault makes sure that R-Link users aren’t left to their own devices as they familiarise themselves with the system’s features thanks to a range of introductory offers:
- Three months free access to the connected services delivered by TomTom® LIVE2
- Four preinstalled applications which are free to use for a period of six months (E-Mail, R-Link Tweet, Weather and Renault Assistance),
- Access to the R-Link Store for a period of six months to download the more than 50 applications that are available at the time of the system’s launch (depending on market).
2 Available in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Metropolitan France (except hazard warnings), Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland (except hazard warnings).
3 Available in Belgium, Spain, Metropolitan France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands and United Kingdom.
Services covered by the three-month free trial period
- HD Traffic®: the market’s best real-time traffic information service allows users to avoid delays, save fuel and benefit from an estimated time of arrival at destination.
- Hazard warnings: traffic safety warnings in real time.
- TomTom Places: the most extensive real-time points of interest data base.
- Weather: five-day weather forecasts.
Four pre-installed applications free to use for a six-month trial period:
Reading and answering e-mails from a car is possible thanks to Renault R-Link. For safety reasons, this simple, efficient application automatically takes into account whether the vehicle is at a standstill or on the move.
||While on the move:
Thanks to the TTS function (Text To Speech), e-mail messages can be read out loud, along with the sender’s name, date sent and subject.
(Languages covered by speech synthesis: German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Danish, French, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Slovakia and Czech).
For safety reasons, this app may only be used while the vehicle is parked. It enables a Twitter® account to be accessed from the car to either read tweets from friends or forward comments, as well as to access personal profile information and the list of followers and accounts followed.
Weather: R-Link provides access to three-day weather forecasts for the part of Europe where the vehicle is located.
Renault Assistance4: This application allows drivers, wherever they are, to contact Renault Assistance by automatically dialling the number. To facilitate interventions, the application displays the vehicle’s identification number and GPS coordinates of its current position.
Renault R-Link Store: all the ingredients to become the number one store for automotive apps
With R-Link Store, Renault benefits from the creativity of the start-up incubator it has chosen to work with, as well as from the output of established providers to deliver a range of peerless, evolving applications and services. Some 50 applications are available at the time of the system’s launch which means that Renault R-Link Store has all the necessary ingredients to become the benchmark store for automotive applications. These apps cover ground as varied as general or special interest news (e.g. travel, sport, culture) and vehicle-related functions (Renault Assistance, interactive e-guide vehicle manuals), as well as fuel prices, community based applications, e-mail and social networks. Meanwhile, the R-Link Store catalogue is poised to expand rapidly…
Spotlight on selected applications
General or special interest news in text or audio form (TTS readout): weather forecasts, Euronews, Foot Mercato soccer news.
- E-guides: interactive vehicle manuals and service logbooks,
- R-Sound effect: preinstalled on certain models (see sidebar below).
Fuel prices: this application allows motorists to compare fuel prices at the 10 nearest service stations. A colour code is used to highlight the different price levels. The display also flags up announced prices which date back more than four days. By selecting a service station (with the vehicle at a standstill), the user can compare fuel prices, check opening times and the availability of different services, and find the address and description of the service station. A click suffices to be guided to the selected service station by the navigation system.
Yellow Pages: all the expected services provided by Yellow Pages, White Pages and Quidonc now available in vehicles. Thanks to geo-positioning, it is possible to do a search for nearby restaurants, bars, florists, etc. The system displays a map showing the results, while the navigation system can guide users to them.
- ELLE Astro: daily horoscopes for drivers and their family or friends. Text can be displayed or read out loud thanks to the TTS function.
- Sudoku and other travel games.
- Select an engine sound to match the mood – With R-Link on New Clio and Captur, this pre-installed application allows the sound of one of several iconic engines to be played through the car’s loudspeakers. The sound emitted by R-Sound Effect adapts to match the vehicle’s speed and acceleration. One of six different engine sounds can be selected, ranging from a Renaultsport race car to a purring Clio V6. This fun application uses an algorithm to take into account the actual engine speed, accelerator pedal position and travelling speed to reproduce these engine sounds with startling realism.
Renault R-Link, for greater respect for the environment
Renault R-Link includes smart driver aids to help reduce the impact of journeys on the environment.
Economical, environmentally aware motoring thanks to Driving eco² functions
R-Link’s Driving eco² functions allow drivers to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions in the case of internal combustion-engined vehicles, or to benefit from additional range in the case of electric vehicles.
- “Trip Report” rates the driver’s eco-driving technique,
- “Eco-coaching” function provides the driver with personalised tips on how to improve their eco-driving technique,
- “My preferred Trips” helps the driver to improve their driving style by comparing different journeys.
Connected services to optimise itineraries and reduce journey times
Connected services provide real-time information about traffic conditions to help drivers reduce journey times.
- TomTom® LIVE services help the driver to optimise their route.
R-Link optimises the use of electric vehicles
When fitted to an electric vehicle, R-Link can provide comprehensive information to help drivers optimise their route, range and remaining battery charge.
- The TomTom® Z.E. LIVE navigation system provides a graphic display of how far the vehicle can travel as a function of its remaining range. When a destination is keyed in, it tells the driver whether the vehicle has sufficient range to reach it. If that is not the case, it can guide the driver to a nearby charging station. It is also capable of suggesting the most economical route in terms of energy (Eco Routes) or displaying the location of nearby charging stations on maps provided by TomTom® (near to the vehicle’s actual location or at destination).
Thanks to a connection with the car’s electronic control units, the driver can view a histogram of their energy consumption in real time, as well as the flow of electricity between the battery and the engine, climate control system, heater, etc.
Thanks to the My Z.E. Connect services pack (standard equipment for ZOE), drivers can use their computer or smart phone, wherever they are, to check information ahead of their journey: remaining battery charge, estimated remaining range, charging status, time remaining before battery is fully charged, location of charging stations in a given place, etc.
- If they benefit from My Z.E. Inter@ctive (optional or standard equipment for ZOE, depending on version), they can interact remotely with their vehicle while its battery is charging to switch on the pre-conditioning of the cabin, start the battery charge or programme the weekly charge schedule as a function of electricity rates or the CO2 emissions resulting from the production of the necessary electricity.
Renault R-Link – in keeping with the ‘Driving eco²’ philosophy
To encourage drivers to perfect their eco-driving techniques, Renault R-Link combines with other aids, including:
- Dashboard information while on the move: indication of driving style5 (green, yellow, orange), gear shift indicator, rev-counter and display of real-time/average fuel consumption. This information is used to help make eco-driving second nature in the case of an internal combustion-engined vehicle.
- The ECO1 mode can be activated by a button to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent by modifying certain vehicle-, performance- and/or comfort-related parameters.
Applying all the eco-driving features can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 25 per cent in the case of internal combustion engines.
A PASSION FIRED BY MOTORSPORT
The Renault Group’s passion for motorsport has been a driving force for 115 years. From the historic climb of founder Louis Renault up the steep rue Lepic, in Paris, in his voiturette in 1898, to the brand’s current run of success in Formula 1, Renault has enjoyed glory in all of motorsport’s leading disciplines. Today, its Renaultsport and GT models continue to fuel this passion thanks to an exciting, acclaimed range of high-performance yet versatile vehicles that have earned a long list of industry awards .
New Clio GT- Line TCe 120 EDC rounds off Renault’s family of performance cars
“The reveal of estate and hatchback versions of New Renault Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC is a double whammy for the New Clio range which these comfortable, dynamic cars join at very top. Their versatility, performance and fuel efficiency sees Renaultsport set new standards in the world of hot hatches.”
Christophe Besseau (Projects and Product Programme Director, Renault Sport Technologies)
Performance, status and versatility
The hatchback and estate versions of New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC are versatile, high-end “warm” models which boast Renaultsport’s instantly recognisable design cues, from their grille, front and rear bumpers and specific lip spoiler, to their sills, 17-inch wheels, offset LED daytime running lights, twin chromed exhaust tailpipes and GT badging front and rear. New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC can also be ordered with the optional, specific Renault i.d. Malta Blue paint finish.
The cabin is elegant and sporty thanks to a predominantly grey trim and details picked out in chrome and gloss black. The steering wheel, sports seats with additional side support (leather upholstery optional), aluminium-capped pedals, steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles and specific instrument backgrounds all testify to the fact that this is a pedigree, high-performance Clio.
Packed with technology for even greater enjoyment
When it comes to delivering high-end driving pleasure, New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC doesn’t disappoint thanks to its touch screen navigation system (R-Link), hands-free card, radio with Bluetooth® and USB connectivity, reversing camera (optional), driver aids, automatic climate control, etc.
A la carte driving enjoyment
Renaultsport Drive: Pressing the ‘Renaultsport Drive’ button modifies the gear shift programming, as well as the feel of its power steering and acceleration response. The availability of two modes (‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’) brings out the best in New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC’s multi-faceted character.
Renaultsport Monitor 2.0: Now even more attractive and technically advanced, Renaultsport Monitor 2.0 stands out as the market’s most comprehensive on-board telemetry system for a production road car. Combined with the R-Link multimedia system, it gives New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC an enviable leading edge.
Euro NCAP awards New Clio “Best Supermini” for safety
Earlier this year (January 23), Euro NCAP named New Renault Clio as the “Best Car of 2012” in the “supermini” class. This distinction provides further evidence of Renault’s expertise in the fields of active and passive safety. For the record, Renault was the first European manufacturer to secure a five-star Euro NCAP rating, with Laguna 2 in 2001.
Throughout its career, Renault Clio has consistently brought features and safety equipment previously thought to be the exclusive reserve of superior segments to a much broader audience.
New downsized turbocharged engine and EDC transmission for punchy performance combined with modest fuel consumption
New Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo and 120 GT-Line TCe 120 EDC share similar technical credentials, including turbocharged downsized petrol engines, EDC dual-clutch six-speed multi-mode transmission, steering column-mounted gear shift paddles, specific chassis settings and an assertive look.
The new 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol powerplant is equipped with direct fuel-injection and benefits from the EDC transmission’s smooth gear shifts to deliver dynamic, responsive performance and cushioned acoustics. It also sets new standard in terms of fuel efficiency. Thanks to a saving of more than 12mpg and significantly lower CO2 emissions compared with Clio III GT, New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC returns combined-cycle fuel consumption of 54.3mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of only 120g/km.
Ordering for New Clio GT-Line opens in the UK in April with first deliveries from July
New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo and GT-Line TCe 120 EDC: a real choice of performance cars
It was at the 2012 Paris Motor Show that the wraps came off New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo, the appeal of which has been broadened by mating EDC dual-clutch transmission to the new Renault Sport Technologies-developed 200-horsepower 1.6 Turbo engine. In terms of comfort and versatility, it delivers the very best of Renault’s know-how while also benefiting fully from the expertise accumulated by Renault Sport Technologies in motorsport .
As a daily driver, the astonishing pleasure delivered by its powertrain is immediately apparent. However, whenever the driver wishes, New Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo becomes a car with a fiery temperament and explosive performance. Yet in addition to its driving comfort and benchmark performance, it boasts carefully-optimised fuel efficiency, while its warm, sensuous lines belie its hot hatch breeding.
New Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo targets fans of exceptional cars and exacting purists alike. Along with New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC, it slots into the Clio range at the very top to extend the long line of road-going performance Clios (16V, Williams, 197/200, V6) and Clios designed for motorsport (Super 1600, R3, Cup).
Renault Sport Technologies: exacting standards and rigour fed by motorsport success
New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo and New Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC were created for exacting drivers by teams of passionate designers. They both benefit from the expert input of Renault Sport Technologies which has a portfolio of exceptional cars to its name. These complementary high-end versions sit at the very top of the New Clio range and embody an innovative approach to the hot hatch market which combines performance, versatility, comfort and fuel efficiency.
These two versions, which, like the rest of the New Clio range, are only available in five-door form, bring the enjoyment of sports performance to a significantly wider audience.
Like all Renaultsport models, New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo and GT-Line TCe 120 EDC allow their owners to take part in the Enthusiast Days organised by Renaultsport (meetings, driving and tuition at prestigious circuits, visits of Renault facilities, etc.). Meanwhile, Renaultsport has developed a network of 330 specialist dealerships in 19 countries to provide expert advice when it comes to the sale and servicing of Renault performance cars. New Renault Clio GT-Line TCe 120 EDC is made in Bursa, Turkey, while New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is assembled at Renault’s Dieppe plant in northern France.
Renault’s 11 F1 world titles beneficial to its road cars
“Our involvement in F1 over a period spanning 35 years has helped us gain real expertise in the realms of downsizing, friction reduction and cooling efficiency, all of which help us to improve the energy efficiency of our production vehicles without detracting from driving enjoyment. In 2013, the cars of four F1 teams will be powered by our engines, which is an indication of our excellence on the race track. At the same time, the fact that we will supply mass-produced engines to Nissan and Daimler is similar evidence of our expertise in the world of road cars.” Carlos Tavares (Chief Operating Officer, Renault)
Renault’s record in F1: 11 world titles in 35 years
As winner of the Formula 1 Constructors’ world crown for a third straight season6 in 2012 with Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel, Renault is the only volume manufacturer to have been successful in beating the premium brands and specialist names in motor racing’s premier category. And this isn’t a new phenomenon. Renault powerplants boast an unrivalled record of some 500 Grand Prix starts, while the company’s excellence as an engine maker is illustrated by the 151 race wins, 200 pole positions, 11 Constructors’ world titles and 10 Drivers’ titles it has claimed over a period of 35 years. This success rate is the fruit of the skills and quality work that have positioned Renault as an expert in the realm of racing engines.
Over the past 30 years, the majority of F1’s world champions have raced with Renault power, from Mansell, Hill and Senna, to Prost, Schumacher, Alonso and Vettel. This is no coincidence, since a long list of F1 stars – including Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – successfully rose to the top thanks to Renaultsport’s feeder formulae, driving cars like the Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 3.5. Of the 24 drivers on the grid in 2012, 14 of them – i.e. almost 60 per cent –previously raced in a Renault single-seater race car, including Romain Grosjean, Charles Pic, Pastor Maldonado and Vitaly Petrov, plus Charles Pic, Jean-Eric Vergne, Kamui Kobayashi, Paul Di Resta and Felipe Massa who competed with rival teams.
Performance, traction, efficiency and consistency: the keys to the success of Renault engines
Renault’s success on the race track speaks volumes for the performance, energy efficiency and consistency of its powerplants and serves as an enviable showcase for the firm’s engine-making savoir-faire.
- Performance: Renault’s engines stand out through their traction and the ease with which they adapt to the different chassis. The RS27 engine powers one car in three in Formula 1.
- Efficiency: energy efficiency is one of the key strengths of Renault’s engines, since making maximum use of every drop of fuel makes for a lighter and therefore faster car.
- Consistency: constant honing of the mechanical components employed by Renault’s race engines ensures consistent performance, whatever the conditions.
2014 FIA regulations: speeding up the carry-over of technology from F1 to road cars
The new FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) regulations which are due to come into effect in 2014 will take Formula 1 into a new era. Indeed, Formula 1 is about to implement one of the farthest-reaching technological shifts in its history. The fuel consumption of the cars is poised to come down by 30 per cent with no loss of performance, and the objective is to strengthen the ties that exist between F1’s research and development programmes, the concerns of motorists and the issues facing the economy and environment. Energy efficiency will consequently be as crucial in F1 as it is for road vehicles.
This represents a fresh challenge for Renaultsport F1’s engine specialists who are working on the development of a V6 1.6 litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel-injection and deceleration energy recovery. This significantly downsized internal combustion engine will be coupled with a twin energy recovery system which will feed two electric motors, and the sport now effectively talks in terms of ‘power units’.
This challenge fits perfectly with Renault’s corporate powertrain strategy which focuses on:
- An unprecedented commitment to electric motors.
- Ongoing improvements to the efficiency of its internal combustion engines to achieve spectacular gains in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The change will see Renault do everything in its power to defend its status as the number one name for technology on the race track, and this will ultimately benefit its road vehicles. The creativity and taste for innovation of its teams of experts are important allies in its determination to rise successfully to this new challenge.
PASSIONATE AND RESPONSIBLE
At Renault, innovation is first and foremost about designing and manufacturing high-technology products at affordable prices and which provide genuine value to the customer. In keeping with this philosophy, the energy efficiency of the brand’s Energy series engines reduces fuel bills for customers and cuts the environmental footprint of its vehicles. Meanwhile, within the space of just two years Renault has launched a range of four electric vehicles with affordable price tags and with zero emissions during their use on the road. Thanks to the combination of its Energy engine range and electric vehicle programme, Renault’s CO2 is poised to fall below the 120g/km threshold by the end of 2013.
The Energy range of engines expands with the new Energy TCe 130
Continuing the renewal of its range of downsized engines, Renault has announced its ninth Energy engine. Designated Energy TCe 130, this petrol new engine is a more powerful derivative of the Renault Energy TCe 115 and takes over from the former 1.4-litre TCe 130. It is due to go on sale in April under the bonnet of New Mégane, New Scénic and New Grand Scénic.
With a power output of 130hp at 5,000rpm and peak torque of 205Nm at as low as 2,000rpm, this 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine is equipped with latest-generation direct injection and offers the performance of a normally-aspirated two-litre powerplant, making it ideal for use on major roads. Thanks to the Energy technologies it employs, some of which are derived from Renault’s F1 experience, its fuel consumption represents a saving of between 15 and 20 per cent – depending on models – compared with the engine it replaces, which equates to more than one litre saved for every 100km covered.
This responsive and extremely smooth new engine picks up eagerly from low revs, making it a pleasure to drive. At the same time, it is easy to forget thanks to its silent operation and unobtrusive ultra-rapid Stop & Start system.
Renault Energy TCe 130: a 1.2 turbo petrol engine tailored for the open road
The Renault Energy TCe 130 is a development of the Energy TCe 115. Exploiting the same technical package, this 130-horsepower version places the emphasis on dynamic performance to provide still greater refinement and driving pleasure.
The 1,198cc aluminium block delivers enhanced performance over the TCe 115, with peak power of 130hp (an increase of 15hp) and maximum torque of 205Nm (up 15Nm). Ninety per cent of this torque is available from 1,500rpm, and the full amount is available between 2,000 and 3,000rpm which explains its outstanding flexibility, while its crisp response from low revs ensures a smart getaway from rest. This torque and performance make the Renault Energy TCe 130 a worthy touring car engine and particularly suited to towing a trailer or caravan, driving in mountainous regions which call for powerful acceleration.
Fuel savings of more than 1 litre per 100 km, and CO2 reduced by up to 20 per cent
In addition to standing out as the market’s highest-performing 1.2 litre petrol engine, the Renault Energy TCe 130 also shines when it comes to making savings at the pump thanks to a reduction in fuel consumption of 20 per cent1 compared with the TCe 130. The Energy TCe 130 version of New Scénic XMOD returns combined-cycle fuel consumption of 44.1mpg1, while that of New Mégane Hatchback with the same engine is 52.3mpg1. That equates to CO2 emissions of only 124g/km for New Mégane Hatchback (down 29g/km) and 145g/km1 in the case of Scénic XMOD.
1 Homologated fuel consumption and emission values in accordance with appropriate legislation
|Combined cycle fuel
|New Mégane Hatchback / Coupe / Estate||52.3||124|
|New Scénic XMOD / Grand Scénic / Mégane Coupe-Cabriolet||44.1||145|
Running costs have consequently been reduced significantly, while the lower CO2 emissions allow customers in some countries to benefit from state subsidies or tax incentives. At the same time, servicing has been facilitated by an oil-change interval of 18,000 miles (with ecological oil filter) and lifetime timing chain.
Made for the open road, this 1.2 litre petrol turbo engine stands comparison with diesel power for annual distances travelled of up to 15,000 or 19,000 miles (based on French statistics).
The Energy TCe 130 benefited from a particularly thorough acoustic refinement process, the result being a smooth, muted sound profile, even at high engine speeds.
Building on the technical features of the Energy TCe 115:
Features on the Energy TCe 130 petrol engine like direct fuel-injection, turbocharging, an integrated turbo manifold and variable valve timing combine to deliver maximum torque at low revs and ensure the availability of torque across a broad effective rpm range. Fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber for optimum efficiency as a function of the running conditions, the advantage for the customer being valuable fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions.
Stop & Start with ultra-rapid restart
Sensors in the system detect the precise position of each piston and inject fuel into the cylinder that is best placed to restart the engine instantaneously. The ‘free’ energy recovered and stored under braking is used to charge the battery and restart the engine.
Uprated dynamic performance and reduced fuel consumption
The principal focus of Renault’s specialist engineers was to find the optimal balance between performance and fuel consumption, power and silence in order to produce an engine that would be as balanced as possible across the whole rev range. Performance gains were obtained by revising the inlet system and turbo manifold to achieve a higher boost pressure for extra torque at low revs, in addition to more power. In parallel, the compression ratio was reduced to keep fuel consumption in check, including during motorway use. Furthermore, gear ratios were shortened for enhanced acceleration response.
The Renault Energy range of engines:
- Powertrain performance which benefits from Renault’s F1 engineering research: with 35 years’ experience in F1 and 11 Constructors world titles to its name, Renault is able to pass on technologies developed for the race track to its customers.
- Technology: thanks to new-generation downsizing, Renault’s Energy range of engines boasts a long list of technical features never previously seen in this capacity class. All the engines are equipped with Stop & Start system and braking/deceleration energy recovery. Other technologies employed include thermal management, variable displacement oil pumps, low-pressure EGR (diesel engines), turbocharging (three- and four-cylinder petrol engines), diamond-like coating (DLC) for the cam followers and graphite-coated piston skirts (as used in F1).
- A philosophy: the achievement of significant fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and running cost savings, while at the same time continuing to deliver driving enjoyment, with the accent on quality from every level.
- Acoustic refinement: Energy engines enjoy a subtle, muted sound profile. Noise has been cut by up to 50 per cent in comparison with the engines they replace.
New Kangoo Van Z.E., a renewed version of the Z.E. range’s first model
Renault, Europe’s number one van manufacturer since 1998, has profited from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to reveal New Kangoo Van Z.E., the first model to appear in the brand’s Z.E. range and Europe’s best-selling small electric van. Its renewal forms part of the Kangoo range’s overhaul that was announced at the end of January. New Kangoo Van Z.E.’s lines are now even easier to distinguish from those of its internal combustion-engined counterpart. It has also been made more modern, thanks notably the introduction of the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system. The electric version continues to be available in a choice of two lengths and three configurations for up to five occupants. It naturally carries over all the user-friendly features of its predecessor and delivers the level of driving comfort associated with electric vehicles.
New Kangoo Van Z.E. reasserts its electric vehicle identity
Like the internal combustion-engined New Kangoo, the Z.E. version features a new front end which embodies Renault’s latest styling signature. The logo is bigger and contrasts boldly with the black background of the grille, while redesigned head lights ensure a more expressive, hi-tech gaze. The difference between the electric and internal combustion-engined versions of Renault’s small van has been accentuated, too. Indeed, New Kangoo Van Z.E.’s electric vehicle breeding is highlighted by the blue-tinted logo and blue rear light trims, as well as by the incorporation of black head light masks.
The battery charger socket is now concealed behind the Renault logo at the front of New Kangoo Van Z.E. By plugging in the cable provided with the vehicle, owners can benefit from a complete charge in between six and nine hours using a Wall Box at their home or at a roadside charging station.
Another specific feature of the electric version of New Kangoo is its ‘Z.E. Voice’ function which emits a sound to warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s approach, thereby contributing to a more relaxed driving experience in built-up areas. This system is activated at speeds of between 1 and 28mph, but switches off when the vehicle is at a standstill.
Now featuring the Renault R-Link multimedia system
There have been other significant evolutions to the latest-phase Kangoo Van Z.E. inside the cabin, too, including a new, more modern, quality centre console, while the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system is now also available. Renault R-Link provides all the multimedia functions (navigation, radio, Bluetooth® telephony, connectivity with portable devices, etc.) in a single system which comes complete with a seven-inch touch screen display.
Renault R-Link also includes tools designed to minimise the consumption of energy and running costs. The Driving eco² function, for example, contributes to more economical motoring by analysing individual driving styles and providing personalised tips. The TomTom® Z.E. LIVE navigation system can be asked to suggest the most energy-efficient routes. With ‘My Z.E. inter@ctive’, drivers can use their computer or smartphone to programme the charging of New Kangoo Van Z.E. remotely in order to benefit from off-peak electricity rates (for further information, see ‘Renault R-Link’ chapter).
Internal combustion-engined New Kangoo: number one for low fuel consumption
The internal combustion-engined version of New Kangoo is the most frugal in its class. It can be ordered with one of several fuel-efficient, performance engines, including three Energy powerplants which deliver record low fuel consumption for their class:
- Energy dCi 75 and 90: 65.7mpg, equivalent to 112g/km (homologated fuel consumption and emissions figures in compliance with applicable legislation).
These engines are equipped with Stop & Start and deceleration energy recovery.
For even greater control of running costs, ENERGY engines are equipped with a gear shift indicator and an eco-mode which enables fuel consumption to be reduced by up to 10 per cent at the push of a button.
The New Kangoo range includes a Maxi, long wheelbase versions and Crew Van derivatives to be sure of meeting the demands of the most exacting business customers.
For further information, see the ‘reveal’ press release dated February 1, 2013, available at:www.media.renault.com
New Kangoo: even better quality
New Renault Kangoo uses the same running gear as Scénic which has long been acclaimed for its reliability and strength. Careful attention has also been paid to ensuring an even higher degree of perceived quality for New Renault Kangoo. This work has notably focused on the quality of the welds, door panel crimping and precision of the application of body sealants which are now much more discreet.
Quality stepped up within the framework of the partnership with Daimler
On 7th April,2010, having worked in association with Opel/Vauxhall and Nissan in the production of vans for many years, Renault signed a new partnership deal covering its small van programme with the German group Daimler AG. This collaboration resulted in the creation of working groups led by engineers from both companies to monitor the production of New Renault Kangoo and the Mercedes Citan at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France. These working groups generated valuable exchanges and saw both parties challenge the other’s processes to their mutual advantage, thereby making proactive contributions to the enhanced perceived quality seen on New Kangoo. This progress will also be beneficial to all the models that make up Renault’s LCV range.
Flashback to the original Kangoo Van Z.E., pioneer and Europe’s number one small electric van
It was on 28th October 2011, that the very first Kangoo Van Z.E.s went on sale at Renault dealerships. The launch of the zero-emission small van marked the official beginning of Renault’s electric vehicle offensive. It was the first of the four models which now make up the brand’s electric vehicle range, namely Kangoo Van Z.E. and Fluence Z.E., plus Twizy and ZOE which can only be ordered with electric motors. The van was widely acclaimed by the media and soon won a long list of awards, including the highly-coveted International Van of the Year 2012 prize, a first for an electric vehicle. The jury notably hailed the newcomer’s carrying capacity and driving enjoyment.
In October 2011, Kangoo Van Z.E. won a tender to supply more than 15,000 vehicles over a period of four years to 19 major businesses and administrative bodies in France.
Kangoo Van Z.E. is also Europe’s best-selling electric van, with registrations totalling almost 7,000 vehicles, including approximately 4,000 in France. Of these, 1,800 were ordered by La Poste. These vehicles face a tough working life since they cover an average daily distance of 50km for the delivery of mail, involving up to 300 stops per day with the driver’s door frequently open and the heater on full in cold weather, which is hardly ideal for optimising range. Yet Kangoo Van Z.E. is proving highly satisfactory in its new role. “Those who drive these vehicles say they don’t want to go back to an internal combustion engine,” notes one member of La Poste’s staff.
Ordering for New Kangoo Van Z.E. opens in the UK at the end of March with first deliveries from May.