INNOVATION

TWIN'Z

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 in April 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.

 Twin'Z, time to play 

Designer Ross Lovegrove and Laurens van den Acker, Head of Renault Design.

Twin’Z is the 5fth concept car to result from Renault’s design strategy which is founded on the notion of the human life cycle, symbolized by a 6-petalled flower.

  

After focusing on love, exploration, family and work, it's now time to play for Renault with tTwin'Z, a playful citycar that plays with light and opens up a whole new world of personalisation opportunities.

 

This 5th concept car is symbolized by the colour blue. Twin'Z blue livery pays tribute to the 20th century French painter Yves Klein. The satin finish gives a pure skin to the body which appears to be coated, almost anodised, rather than painted. The soft clear-coat finish produces a velvet-like feel, while a certain iridescence lifts Twin'Z' 'electro-natural' appearance.

  

Renault enlisted the services of Ross Lovegrove and gave the celebrated designer a free hand to express his vision of the automobile, which draws its inspiration from the world of nature and which is guided by a quest for a harmonious encounter between the automobile and its environment.


Ross Lovegrove : when automotive design meets the world of furniture 

A sense of purity and lightness in the cabin.

Wheels inspired by nature.

Ross Lovegrove 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.