2005 Renault Egeus Concept
(from Renault Press Release) At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault is presenting its new Egeus concept car, a resolutely upmarket 4WD SUV with the seductive elegance and luxurious, comfortable interior of a saloon. Thanks to its SUV size, Egeus offers a spacious interior while its exterior promises solidity and a dynamic personality. The longer bonnet highlights a soft, flowing design worthy of an upper-segment coupé.
The elegance of a saloon, the dynamic personality of a coupé
Egeus is the perfect combination of elegance and sportiness, power and solidity. Its design is a natural continuation of the previous concept cars Wind and Fluence and carries echoes of a top-of-the-range saloon. Its flowing, homogenous lines have nothing of the angular styling usually associated with an SUV.
The front end is deliberately pared-down. By incorporating the air inlets under the headlamps, Egeus has no need for a grille, too brash for such a pure design. The play of light on the double curve of the sides furtheraccentuates its flowing form. This suppleness is evident in the way the bonnet flows into the rounded windscreen, which, in turn, blends seamlessly into the bubble-shaped glazed roof. The bubble shape of the rear window forms a continuous, flowing line with the windscreen in a streamlined shape worthy of any coupé. The rear window rests on broad wings that sit the car squarely on the road.
With its longer bonnet, shorter front and rear overhang, and rounded rear wings, Egeus has a dynamic, powerful character. Its 22-inch wheels combine with higher ground clearance than that of a classic saloon to give this concept car its solid stance. Inside, the seat height is designed for greater visibility while reinforcing passengers' sensation of comfort and safety.
Upmarket, functional and innovative
Egeus features four independent seats with all the comfort of a luxury car. Noble materials and a subtle blend of colours and textures distinguish the spacious interior. The relaxed, elegant atmosphere adds to the feeling of serenity inside the cabin.
The “Cythère Blue”
bodywork, the “manta ray” dashboard and the blue-tinted hues of the
cabin evoke an underwater world. The leather upholstery in woven
beige tones, inspired by a pixelated image of a
The cabin is warm and welcoming thanks to the glazed roof and a central strip with two transparent sections. The side door handles are flush-fitting so as not to detract from the streamlined sides. An optical sensor detects an approaching hand and pushes the handle out a few centimetres, making it easy to grasp.
The GPS navigation
system calculates the recommended speed which is then shown in the
Driving pleasure, power and control
The 250hp 3.0-litre V6
diesel engine, mounted north-south, gives Egeus both power and
agility. Euro 4 compliant, it is fitted with a particulate filter.
The fully-automatic 4WD transmission regulates traction on the four
wheels from 0 to 100% according to grip. This, combined with a
seven-speed flick-shift automatic transmission, ensures a high level
of driving comfort while substantially reducing fuel consumption and