(from Renault Press
Release) RENAULT REVEALS SANDUP CONCEPT AT THE SAO PAULO MOTOR
● Designed by
Renault Design America Latina Renaults design center in Brazil
the Sandup Concept car is revealed at the Sao Paulo Motor Show
on 27th October.
● Sandup Concept is based on Sandero Stepway, an urban sport
vehicle launched in Brazil in October 2008.
● Sandup Concept is a modular 2+2 coupé combining cabriolet
pleasure with pickup
● This design study is yet another example of Renaults close
interest in new
automotive trends in its diverse markets around the world.
Modular design in a sporty package
Sand’up Concept is a
modular 2+2 coupé that transforms from coupé to cabriolet to pickup
on the whim of its passengers.
Based on Sandero Stepway
– an “urban sport” vehicle only available in Brazil and Argentina,
Sand’up Concept goes “topless” to give its four passengers a true
cabriolet experience. It features two distinctive aluminum roof rail
arches that stretch from the front of the roof to the tail lights.
With the rear bench folded down, Sand’up Concept turns into a
pick-up. It can also be transformed into a coupé by fitting a red
hard top on the roof rails.
reflective gray paintwork underlines its sophisticated and robust
nature while an array of red inserts accentuate its sporty side.
A red bumper-integrated
nudge bar tells the concept car apart from Sandero Stepway at the
front. The color red also features at the back, this time in the
shape of a skid plate, pierced by two trapezoidal exhaust pipes. A
further red touch is the elegant edging running the length and
breadth of the car and separating it into two parts. The flowing
design of the upper part contrasts with the more robust forms below
(emphatic wheel arches, side sills and 18-inch aluminum wheel rims).
The five-spoked rims marry gloss black with the lead gray of the
graphite and the red of the brake calipers to give Sand'up
Concept a resolutely sporty air, enhanced by the black masks on the
front and rear
The contemporary sporty
look expressed outside continues inside. The cabin features two
shades of gray that generate movement and contrast. These dominant
tones are adroitly balanced with touches of red, as on the seat
backs. Aluminum inserts on the air vents and seats also repeat the
Sandup Concept: intelligent
Sand’up Concept boasts
an array of innovations corresponding to the vehicle’s multipurpose
In pick-up mode, Renault
Design America Latina created an intelligent mechanism that
lengthens the cargo bed by up to 40 cm to accommodate a range of
objects. The load area can thus be extended to 1.7 meters and boasts
a payload of 500 kg, for transporting scooters, jet skis, bikes and
surfboards. The cargo bed can be closed using a stiff black
cover to protect against the vagaries of the weather. In addition,
the rear of the vehicle is accessed via a split-opening "clamshell"
system that is also found on Renault Koleos.
Sand’up Concept is
transformed easily into a coupé by manually attaching the hard-top
roof using solid anchor points. The result is a harmonious whole,
with particular attention having been paid to blending the design of
the hard top and the vehicle body.
Renault Design America
Latina created numerous innovations to make life easier for
drivers and passengers. At the rear, the tail lights use LEDs
instead of conventional bulbs to boost nighttime visibility.
On the sides,
traditional rearview mirrors have been replaced by two small
cameras. The images they capture are displayed on a trapezoidal LCD
screen mounted on the dashboard alongside a GPS.
For easier vehicle
access, the doors open gull-wing style using an electro-hydraulic
system similar to that on Laguna Coupé Concept. The doors are made
entirely of transparent glass, giving driver and passengers
remarkable lateral vision and flooding the cabin with light.
Versatility remains the
strong point of Sand’up Concept inside. The bucket seats at the
front slide back and forth on rails. Two small suitcases fitted into
the backs of the front seats can be removed and used as overnight
Sandup Concept is yet
another example of Renaults close interest in new automotive trends
in its diverse markets around the world.
The designers of Renault
Design America Latina have been influenced by the pick-up market and
the “sport chic” trend, both very important in Brazil. The purchase
of a pick-up vehicle is essentially emotional and irrational in
Brazil; customers are mainly drawn by the look of the pick-up. The
Brazilians are interested in “sport chic” vehicles, expressing a
sporty, urban and young attitude.