Renault Twin'Z Blends Furniture and Car Design


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    Renault Twin’Z Picture

    The electric Renault Twin'Z supermini bowed at a design expo in Milan. | April 09, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The electric Renault Twin'Z supermini, which debuted at a design expo in Milan, blends furniture and car design.
  • The four lightweight seats are supposed to look like they're growing out of the floor.
  • There is no dashboard, just a tablet with a touchscreen display mounted on a central post.

MILAN, Italy — The electric Renault Twin'Z supermini, which debuted at a design expo in Milan, blends furniture and car design.

The four lightweight seats are supposed to look as if they're growing out of the floor. There is no dashboard, just a tablet with a touchscreen display mounted on a central post. The concept also features suicide doors.

The Twin'Z is equipped with a rear-mounted electric motor and four lithium-ion battery packs spaced evenly beneath the floor. The powertrain layout, even more than the car's over-the-top lighting and 18-inch wheels with a glowing green finish, may have the greatest influence on a future production model, since the layout frees up cabin space.

The concept has a top speed of 81 mph and a range of 100 miles, according to Renault. The Twin'Z weighs in at 2,160 pounds and rides on a 98.2-inch wheelbase.

Many of the concept's details, including the bumpers, lights, grilles, LED roofscape and wheels, are the work of Ross Lovegrove, a British furniture designer. A sequence of LEDs extends from the grille to the rear bumper via the roof.

Renault says the "light path creates a magical effect which appears to bring Twin'Z alive." When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a "burst" of brake lights climbs gradually toward the roof.

Renault describes the Twin'Z as "an endearing, almost living object."

Edmunds says: Little wonder that Renault skipped the auto-show circuit and headed straight for the Milan design expo with the Twin'Z.

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