As the ‘Play’ petal of Renault Design’s life-cycle ‘flower’, Twin’Z is the 5th concept car illustrating Renault’s new design strategy. Designed in collaboration with Ross Lovegrove, the concept car made its debut at the Milan Triennale at this beginning Milan Design Week 2013. Twin’Z is a fun, modern, artistic take on the citycar. It draws its inspiration from Renault emblematic models Renault 5 and Twingo and is an all-electric car with rear-wheel drive and a rear-mounted motor.
Ross Lovegrove has imagined a cabin that is truly occupant-friendly, making the worlds of furniture and automobile meet, inspired by the living, natural world.
The rear-hinged rear coach doors and the ensuing absence of a B-pillar reveal a panoramic view of the cabin, creating a sense of purity and lightness. The purity of the interior’s lines is picked out by a voluptuous path of light. These milled bi-colour lines circulate round the entire cabin to describe a flow of energy, lighting up the interior with a luminescent green that maps its topographical forms.
The 4 lightweight seats have been rendered as small as possible. Their green frames appear to grow naturally from the floor and have been upholstered in a 3D woven textile. The seat frame is visible behind the weave to create an almost aerial feel.
The wheels feature a glowing green finish and their design is based on intelligent growth structures inspired by nature. The solid central core splits into slender branches which strike out towards the rim. The tyres, which were developed specifically by Michelin, continue this pattern to provide a unity between the two functions.
Twin’Z revolves around digital systems. The conventional door mirrors have been replaced by an integrated video camera that has been aerodynamically ‘liquefied’ within the body.
A sequence of LEDs also extends from Twin’Z’ grille to the rear bumper via the roof. A pattern of light originates from the Renault lozenge badge and flows towards the head lights before climbing up over the windscreen pillars, along the roofline and then back down to the rear bumper.
In Twin’Z, the conventional dashboard makes way for a single tablet with a touchscreen display that is mounted on a centrally-positioned post. Much like a home automation system, the tablet takes care of everything, from the vehicle’s systems (heater, seat adjustment, lights activation, control of the roof) to the GPS guidance system and in-car connectivity. A smartphone located in the driver’s line of sight display’s the vehicle’s speed, range-related information and the principal warning lights.
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