Renault Teases Trezor Concept for Paris, Will Mark a New Design Cycle

Ever since current design chief, Laurens van den Acker, took over the reign of the company's drawing department, Renault has been treating us to over-the-top concepts almost on a yearly basis.
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The only problem is that the boldness and eccentricity of its designs could bot be found on the production models as well. Sure, the new Megane looks quite well, appearing like a spaceship next to, say, the Volkswagen Golf, and there have been some neat directions taken on the inside as well (large vertical screen, where have we seen that before?), but still, have you seen those concepts?

But just like different manufacturers have different philosophies regarding their products, they also have them for the way they view their concept cars. Mazda was able to make its Mazda6 model look almost identical to the Shinari concept, so it's not impossible, we know that much.

For this year's Paris Motor Show, Renault is preparing an all-new concept car. Called Trezor, it's described as "the beginning of a brand new design cycle," marking the end of the range renewal process that started in 2012 and ended this year with the new Megane.

Since it's a teaser, the information on the Trezor is drastically lacking, but Renault did say it's going to use an electric powertrain (big surprise, really) and that it's going to have "surprising proportions." This last bit of information, we have to admit, has gotten us intrigued. You'd think nothing could surprise us anymore, so we're very curious to see Renault try its best. The very short video it has released would also suggest that Trezor is fully autonomous.

The announcement comes the same day as the one about a significant battery power and subsequent range increase for the ZOE small electric hatchback. Receiving a 41 kWh battery, the French EV can now travel up to 400 kilometers (248 miles) on a single charge. Bear in mind these are NEDC ratings so real life figures might differ, but even so, it proves that Renault is keen on becoming remaining a key player in the EV market. A market that's getting more crowded with each passing day.

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