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Renault Twin'z Concept

Toni Avery
Apr 10, 2013

Renault may have created a concept that sci-fi moviemakers have been waiting for. In collaboration with Ross Lovegrove (an industrial designer known for his organic inspired designs), Renault has created the Twin'z, inspired by past models such as Renault 5 and Renault Twingo.

Renault decided to unveil the car at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano because furniture design has had a big impact on the automobile.

The all-electric car is equipped with rear-wheel drive and a rear-mounted motor. Design elements combine both technology and refinement, drawing inspiration from nature. Lovegrove and his team were responsible for adding the finishing details to the bodywork and interior including the bumpers, lights, grilles, LED roofscape, wheels and the choice of color and materials for the interior. Although the cars is only 11.8ft long, there was plenty for Lovegrove to work with to make the Twin'z stand out.

Twinz concept front outside Photo 2/5   |   Twinz Concept Front Outside

Exterior Design:

Finished in a bold blue, Twin'z pays homage to 20th century French painter Yves Klein. The finish looks as if the color was pigmented inside the body rather than onto the exterior, giving it a velvet feel.

The narrow front grille creates a vortex effect, helping channel air for optimal aerodynamics and minimal turbulence. This same design element is carried through to the rear bumper and signature lights.

Where the Twin'z really stands out is how the doors are hinged. Opening electrically and away from each other, the absence of a center pillar creates a more spacious interior.

Twinz concept side Photo 3/5   |   Twinz Concept Side

The wheels not only have a glowing green finish but were designed as a single entity like tree branches.

The most noticeable element of the Twin'z are the LED lights creating patterns and color elements. LED lights start at the grille and run to the rear bumper via the glass roof. And the roof has its own colored light display, which falls away towards the rear of the car.

Twinz concept roof Photo 4/5   |   Twinz Concept Roof

Video cameras replace the door mirrors and are more aerodynamic by molding into the body.

The rear features a crystal spoiler that adds downforce. The LED lights on the roof are incorporated into brake lights, which burst with light when the brake is applied and climb back to the roof.

Finally, the car's name appears in gold letters on the rear window, while 'Lovegrove' is molded into the bottom of the front doors.

Interior Design:

With the absence of B pillars, the interior feels more open. The driving position sits higher, thanks to a double floorpan, and colored lines appear throughout the cabin.

The seats are woven with 3D self-cushioning in a lightweight textile that is flame-resistant and waterproof.

The dashboard has been removed and instead there is a touchscreen tablet display to control the heater, seat adjustment, light activation, roof, GPS and in-car connectivity. And just for the driver is a smartphone, which displays the vehicle speed, range and warning lights.

Twinz concept rear outside Photo 5/5   |   Twinz Concept Rear Outside
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