2014 인피니티 Q80 인스퍼레이션 컨셉트(Q80 Inspiration) 화려한 모습들입니다.
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The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration draws attention with its extraordinary presence.
At five meters long and two meters wide, this is a full-size concept vision of a range-topping Infiniti. Organic forms and poetic artisan design converge with the latest composite materials, while portal-style doors invite a cocooning "4x1" seating experience with a full spectrum of leather finishes, Alcantara and metalwork, clutter giving way to peaceful expanses.
"Q80 Inspiration truly disrupts the class norm and has the power to excite like no Infiniti design before it," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director.
"This is our most premium, progressive and stirring concept yet. Seeing this vast and imposing car for the first time can suck the air from your lungs. Like a blow to the stomach. Q80 is currently the highest number in the Infiniti range – the halo, the icon, the very nucleus of our road cars. As such it is justifiably grand in every aspect."
From first sketches some 15 months ago to the final vision now shown, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration was always destined to push the very top tier of motoring experiences into new realms of artisan craftsmanship, borne on cutting edge technology.
"Long and sleek, fastback in silhouette, the Q80 Inspiration delivers feminine elegance and muscular menace in well-matched measure, and an inner space that not only cocoons and engages the driver, it celebrates the rear seat guests, too," explained Albaisa. "This interior makes a strong statement in romantic luxury."
The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration kindles admiration. Full-size in both width (2010mm/79.1 inches) and length (5060mm/199.2 inches), yet just 1340mm/52.8 inches at its highest roof contour, the Q80 is grand sedan-like in exterior and interior dimension, yet a svelte, rear-canted fastback in its tip-to-tail relief.
Organic, active and aerodynamic front grille
Framing the Infiniti emblem is a full-scale, chrome-edged front grille that innovatively blends dramatic style, cooling and aerodynamics. Organic and three-dimensional, like the pulsing gills of a cruising whale, at town speeds the gills part to flow air into the engine, sealing again as the road opens to direct air over the wide, curving hood.
Once rolling across the hood, the cool air "drags" hot engine bay air out of slender, finely meshed, full length hood vents. The eye may observe these vents as attractive style lines, but they too cool a turbocharger each.
The intricate manufacturing details employed in the front grille set the tone for what is Infiniti's bravest, most striking concept car yet.
The eyes have it: the next generation of intelligent LED headlighting
Branching gracefully up and away from the expansive front grille are a pair of intelligent LED headlights. Inspired by Infiniti's signature human eye, set with an accusing stare and widely dilated pupils, it is the exterior framing that emits the bright white LED light.
Each powerful LED is independently controlled for brightness, and in some cases direction, to illuminate the way ahead in the most efficient and revealing manner.
Linked to the car's satellite navigation system, these headlights already understand what road contours await and automatically concentrate and adjust brightness for best effect – showing consistent, white light to those onboard, greatly reducing travel fatigue.
C-pillars of creativity: design touches deepened into functional elements
Crescent-cut C-pillars are an Infiniti design hallmark, and for Q80 Inspiration they take a dramatic starring role for form and function – not only as leading flourishes for the powerfully sculptured flanks of the concept, but also as cool air intakes for the hybrid boost battery pack.
As the slender side glass drops, the C-pillars are all the more arresting, standing proudly solo above those wide rear arches, chrome-trimmed and abruptly forward-facing, in an overall body form that is so sleekly rearward flowing.
Portal-style doors: the gateway to an intricate artisan interior
Opening triumphantly wide, the Infinitiportal-style doors reveal the luxury, glamour and understated verve of the very finest of Infiniti inner spaces. The sense of interior occasion starts here.
The front door has a traditional front-edge hinge and the rear door a rear-edge hinge, making ingress and egress gracefully simple, framing the side view of the crafted leather and metal romance with the seductive arc of the car's roofline.
Four passengers with an equal share
The driver of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is engaged and enveloped by technology and luxury – the best seat in the cabin for those who love to drive. The three other passengers in the car are equally celebrated.
To coin a fresh phrase for this segment-defining new concept, the "4x1" interior brings everything to everyone onboard, when and how they want it. Configurable, borderless and human-centric.
Minimal physical interfaces fall effortlessly to the driver's fingers. A flat-bottomed, pistol-gripped steering wheel invites interaction via thumb controls – the only switches needed – while an elegant billet controller operates the automatic gearbox on the driver's right side, mounted on the curving full length center piece.
Each bucket-style seat stands alone, quilted and body-molding, while the softest of Alcantara suede couples that cushioned quilting with thick, high-texture saddle leather for a rich feast of sight, scent and touch.
Buttons and dials make way for smooth, leather-wrapped surfaces that stretch uninterrupted from door to door. The technology is there but it is on demand, unseen until requested.
For the driver, the HUD (head-up display) projects crisply onto the eye-line of the windscreen the critical information of their choosing, augmented for that driver with assisting and enhancing autonomy, again at their chosen level. A small, personal touch screen for all seats is a borderless gateway to the Q80 Inspiration's technology, conveying personal data and environmental information.
Cutting edge technology complements the beauty of physical detailing elsewhere inside the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.
Minutely laser milled aluminum satin surfaces and trim pieces please the eye and the fingertips, while horse hair in the front row carpet adds to the lushness. The soft leather in some areas is specially stiffened to give it a mosaic look and feel.
Micro-stenciling is applied to the surface of the speaker cones to better channel and project the music sound around the cabin. The exhaust sports the same acoustic enhancement.
Futuristic Infiniti design looks forward to fruition
This Infiniti concept car will inspire dreams of delightful road-trip getaways. Incredible as it may look, the Q80 Inspiration is a thoughtful vehicle with forward-looking technology and efficient high performance objectives. Pushing the boundaries, Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is designed for the ultimate in driving enjoyment.
Infiniti's Q80 Inspiration concept delivers exceptional performance from an all-new 550hp electrified powertrain, a high performance, fuel efficient hybrid solution that provides a glimpse of Infiniti's future performance models.
The 450hp 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 gasoline engine is supported by an electric motor powered by a Li-Ion battery pack, capable of adding around 100hp hybrid power boost when required. In everyday driving and at low speeds, the Direct Response Hybrid system contributes to increased efficiency, with impressively low fuel consumption of 5.5L/100km, making it the most efficient hybrid system in its power class.
"The compact V6 engine replaces capacity with a smarter intent, to deliver no compromise performance and efficiency," said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy. "Modern consumers are interested in smart powertrains like this. We believe that with a full 550hp available, this car will appeal to drivers in search of excitement.
"This engine uses the latest hybrid technology. Our performance hybrid is socially responsible, but when you need it you have all the thrill and sensation you require. It's the perfect blend of science and sustainability."
Driving the 22-inch rear wheels under normal conditions, the vehicle's 750Nm of torque can also be split by up to 50 percent between the front and rear axles to maintain composure in moments of limited grip. Drivers can manually opt to stay in all-wheel drive too.
Smart hybrid powertrain
Highly intuitive, the electrified powertrain of the Q80 Inspiration adapts seamlessly to the inputs of the driver, finding the perfect configuration between traditional fossil fuel propulsion and added hybrid boost.
"There's a reserve of electric power. If the car detects pressure on the gas pedal then it will add to the fun. There isn't just one setting; it's constantly adjusting for the most satisfying drive. It can also instantly back off the hybrid power boost if the vehicle detects too much speed is being carried into a corner," added Bancon.
In acceleration, the instantly accessible boost of electrified power eliminates virtually all lag in turbocharger response, increasing low speed driving pleasure. The intelligent hybrid system also maximizes the use of the electric motor in urban environments to help deliver low CO2 of around 129g/km. As well as charging the battery in the normal way, the motor recovers energy otherwise lost during deceleration and braking.
Agility blends with stability
Utilizing the experience of high performance V6 engine technology from within the wider Infiniti family, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 incorporates twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection for the ultimate combination of power and efficiency, delivering an impressive spread of torque.
The split of torque between the front and rear axles is similarly adaptive. Sleek and impressive in design, the Q80 Inspiration remains composed in all road conditions as it feeds up to half the available power to the front wheels upon detecting slippery conditions such as rain, ice or snow.
In normal circumstances the Q80 Inspiration retains a rear-wheel drive format, befitting of a high-end luxury sports model.
The range-topping Q80 Inspiration employs a 9-speed automatic gearbox, further enhancing the agility of the engine's power output, allowing for swift acceleration and maximum efficiency at higher speeds.
The aluminum-based engine is part of a new engine family, which will be introduced within the next two years. Infiniti plans to double its powertrain range over the next five years.
3세대 스마트 포투&포포 화려한 사진들 원본입니다. 널리 알려진 것처럼 르노 트윙고와 같은 플랫폼으로 태어났습니다. 이전과 마찬가지라 RR 구동계를 쓰고 있는데 디자인 완성도는 훨씬, 아주 훨씬 나아 보입니다. 국내에 정식으로 들어오면 당장 사고 싶네요. 물론 트윙고도 아주 매력적이더군요. 땅도 작은데 국내에선 요런 작은 모델들이 많이 팔려야겠죠.
oxy – the new lines
Three equipment lines (passion, prime and proxy) and a wealth of optional items, some of which were previously the reserve of higher segments, make every smart fortwo or smart forfour a unique gem in its own right. Even in the entry-level version, both models offer a comprehensive scope of safety and comfort features. These include LED daytime driving lights, central locking with radio remote control, visual locking-verification signal and immobiliser, cruise control with limiter (variable speed limitation), exterior temperature indicator with frost warning, instrument cluster with monochrome LCD display and trip computer and electric windows in the front.
passion, prime and proxy are the names of the three lines which serve to upgrade the smart fortwo and smart forfour and provide for differentiation particularly in the interior. Their features include a leather multifunction steering wheel, an instrument cluster with 3.5 colour display and heated seats.
To tie in with the market launch of the new smart generation, the edition #1 will also be available for a limited period. This offers exclusive design features such as a tridion safety cell in lava orange combined with bodypanels/body in white on the fortwo and graphite grey on the forfour.
The multimedia systems meet the highest standards, with comprehensive smartphone integration, real-time navigation and intuitive operation with touchscreen. For the first time, smart is offering the JBL sound system, which produces an impressively full sound. It incorporates a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 W) in the fortwo and an 8-channel DSP amplifier (320 W) on board the forfour. A total of eight (fortwo) or twelve (forfour) high-performance loudspeakers provide for outstanding listening pleasure.
smart cross connect is a revolutionary new app which is available to customers free of charge from smart for the smart fortwo and smart forfour. smart cross connect offers even more features while on the move and outside of the vehicle. smart parking is among the features which now offer a more user-friendly design and incorporate new functions.
FUN.ctional – the exterior design
Extremely short overhangs at front and rear – the new smart generation also possesses these typical proportions. And thanks to the 100 mm wider track, the wheels are positioned further outwards. These characteristic proportions offer outstanding visibility and agility and, together with the rear engine, enable a passenger cell accommodating an unrivalled amount of space in such compact dimensions. The colour contrast between tridion cell and bodypanels is another characteristic feature of the smart brand.
The smart designers refer to the evolutionary development of the silhouette as the "one-and-a-half box" design. A change to the previous one-box proportions became necessary for two reasons: The higher bonnet lends the smart a more grown-up and sportier character.
The smart sports a friendly but self-assured face. A decisive feature of this friendly face is the signature smart grille, which is now slightly larger. The grille's perforated structure results from a honeycomb pattern. The honeycomb is paler towards the outside - the designers refer to this as fading. The radiator trim is available in a variety of colours to match or contrast with the bodypanels, including black, cool silver and white. The second, black cooling air opening in the bumper also features the honeycomb pattern.
The markedly larger updated smart logo in the middle of the grille also demonstrates self-confidence. It is now three-dimensional and almost spherical in shape, harmonising with the smart's distinctly more sensuous lines. The logo features a matt finish rather than a high-gloss look, similarly to all the sparingly applied chrome accents.
The rhombic front lamps are truncated slightly at the top, producing an attractive sporty look. The U-shaped daytime driving lights add a characteristic design feature. In combination with the LED & Sensor package, the headlamps incorporate a welcome function: when the car is unlocked, the light in the headlamps pulsates, as if the smart were welcoming its owner.
A loving attention to detail is demonstrated, for example, by the way in which the honeycomb pattern is cited in the headlamp covers. On the indicators, the honeycomb pattern even performs the function of dispersing the light. The bonnet also highlights the new sculptural lines, describing a powerful and sporty downward sweep between the headlamps.
The new smart forfour is clearly recognisable as a member of the new smart family, sharing many design features with the smart fortwo. Naturally enough, it is in the profile that the greatest difference is to be found between the fortwo and the forfour: the smart fortwo has a large door extending into the B-pillar with a frameless window. The typical smart genes are thus recognisable from afar on the road: the striking door contours and the unique tridion cell. A characteristic swage line, such as features in the middle of the doors, underscores the brand image. This is followed by the fuel filler cap on the right and the air inlet for the rear engine under the B-pillar on the left. As previously, the door is lined with a panel in high-quality lightweight plastic. This allows the king of the car park to shrug off any knocks and bumps from other road users.
The side view of the smart forfour reveals the same elements as the fortwo, but has a longer tridion cell as well as the additional door. The front and rear overhangs appear just as short as on the fortwo. The forfour's roof line slopes downward towards the rear in coupé style.
A new feature on both models is the pronounced shoulderline. This provides both variants with a firm look on the road and establishes a visual separation between vehicle body and greenhouse.
The twin-section tailgate is close to smart drivers' hearts. The new smart fortwo thus boasts this special feature once again, enabling the vehicle to be loaded even in the tightest parking spaces.
The rhombic tail lights framed by the tridion cell are reminiscent of the first smart generation and combine with the large track width to emphasize the width at the rear. A unique LED scenario is optionally available in conjunction with the LED & Sensor package: eleven individually illuminated cubes are allocated to each tail light, providing for a striking night design. The typical honeycomb pattern features once again in the clear glass over the indicators and reversing lights in the middle of the lamps.
The smart forfour essentially has the same elements as the smart fortwo. It is fitted with an upward-opening single-section tailgate, however, to enable convenient loading of the lower luggage compartment.
New, rich exterior colours and around 40 combination options between bodypanels and tridion cell boost the brand's upbeat image. New colours now available include moon white (matt), lava orange (metallic) and hazel brown (metallic), which can be applied to contrast with new colours for the tridion cell such as cool silver (metallic) or lava orange (metallic).
Easy-going and charming – the interior design
"Loop" is the designers' name for the emotional sweep that features as a leitmotif in the interior, embellishing the dashboard and doors, for example. The sculptural dashboard itself consists of two sections - a bold and sensuous outer section which can optionally be covered with fabric, and a large, concave inner section incorporating the functional elements. In front of the dashboard, the instrument cluster and the infotainment centre with radio/navigation appear to hover in front of the dashboard.
The dashboard and the door centre panels feature extensive fabric coverings in the three lines. This high-quality textile surface is very pleasant to the touch and is reminiscent of the mesh inserts in modern sports shoes. The mesh structure is a USP in this vehicle segment.
The colour and material concept underscores the easy-going and charming character of the new smart generation, with the equipment lines standing for a distinctive and individual appearance. The sporty front seats with bold contours are designed as integral seats.
The instrument cluster and its semi-circular segmentation for speed and warning indicators cites the previous smart models, but in a new look. The striking spherical air vents are simple and fun to use. The centrally positioned air conditioning control unit also features an unusual appearance: the desired temperature can be set on a scale in the middle with the aid of a sliding magnifying glass.
The three-spoke steering wheel is optionally available as a multifunction variant which can be used to control the radio or navigation unit positioned in the centre of the dashboard. The infotainment centre in modern consumer electronics style appears to hover in front of the dashboard. The interior thus reflects the values of a young, active and networked generation.
The doors take up the "loop" of the dashboard with their ellipsoidal sweep. The large armrest provides for comfort. The honeycomb pattern from the exterior is cited on the integrated loudspeaker and the tweeter in the mirror triangle.
Smallest turning circle of any car – the concept
Short overhangs, minimal length, high steering angle. The new smart models have everything it takes to manoeuvre elegantly into any parking space - and around every corner, too. When it comes to the turning circle, the new smart fortwo sets a new benchmark: at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall) it makes turning manoeuvres extremely simple. And the new smart forfour turns almost as compactly as the previous fortwo (wall to wall: 8.75 m). Its statistics are 8.65 m (kerb to kerb) and 8.95 m (wall to wall).
The smart fortwo and smart forfour makes exceptional use of the available space. The smart engineers have developed the body space index (BSI) to describe how efficiently space is used. It describes the ratio of interior to
exterior length, whereby the interior length is measured from the accelerator pedal in unused position along a horizontal line to the rear end, as a simple means of comparison between different vehicles. Both the new models from smart attain top ratings for this criterion: 75% (smart fortwo) and 77 % (smart forfour).
The key dimensions of the two new smart models:
Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) (m)
Turning circle (wall-to-wall) (m)
Interior length (accelerator pedal to rear end) (mm)
Body space index (ratio of length to interior length) (%)
Luggage compartment capacity (behind front seats) (L)
Luggage compartment capacity (behind front seats to roof) (L)
Luggage compartment capacity (behind rear seats to roof) (L)
The new smart forfour naturally offers even more loading capacity. The rear seat backrests can be folded down to produce a level load surface measuring 1285 x 996 mm with a cargo volume of up to 975 litres – the benchmark in its segment. The loading length with the front passenger seat backrest folded forward is also exceptional, at 2.22 metres.
And on top of all this, reversible cushions are optionally available for the rear seats in the forfour. The "ready space" seats in the rear can be turned around and lowered substantially in next to no time to produce 12 cm more loading height inside, which is very simple to make use of thanks to the rear doors which open to an angle of almost 90°.
Markedly more comfortable – the chassis
The new smart has essentially been configured for gently understeering handling characteristics. The different tyre sizes at front and rear have thus been retained, whereby the narrower front tyres in conjunction with a high outside wheel turn angle contribute to the unprecedentedly small turning circle. ABS, ASR and ESP® are ready to intervene at the critical limits of road-holding. A hill hold function and brake assist are integrated in the brake system.
The engineers have designed a new McPherson suspension with a triple-path head bearing for the front axle. Each wheel is controlled by a wishbone under the wheel centre, the McPherson strut and a tie rod. Comfort and guide bearings for the wishbones provide for added comfort, along with the markedly increased overall spring travel. During the compression phase in particular, the new smart runs markedly more smoothly over uneven surfaces than previously.
The new smart models also feature a sophisticated De-Dion rear axle, which has been modified for substantially greater comfort. New elements are the twin-tube shock absorbers and separate barrel-shaped helical springs. Two elastomer shims provide for effective noise decoupling of the helical springs between body and rear axle.
The Sports suspension package is optionally available to those seeking sportier handling from their smart. The springs are firmer here and the vehicle is ten millimetres lower.
As standard, the new smart models come with mechanical rack-and-pinion steering. The Direct-Steer system with variable ratio and electric power assistance provides for considerably enhanced driving enjoyment, even better handling and increased efficiency.
Crosswind Assist as standard – active safety
Advanced assistance systems which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle further enhance safety and comfort. These include Crosswind Assist (standard), forward collision warning (option) and Lane Keeping Assist (option).
Every car driver will be familiar with risky situations when surprised by strong gusts of wind while overtaking trucks or on bridges. Standard-fit Crosswind Assist is able to defuse such dangerous situations by carrying out specific braking intervention when the vehicle threatens to drift off track. As a result, less countersteering effort is required of the driver. Crosswind Assist is active from 80 km/h when driving straight ahead and in gentle bends. The ESP®indicator lights up in the instrument cluster in response to noticeable intervention by Crosswind Assist.
A brief lapse in concentration is all it takes for the driver to edge too close to the vehicle ahead – this is one of the main causes of serious traffic accidents. The forward collision warning (option) helps to defuse such dangerous situations. It can prevent rear-end collisions when the driver approaches the end of a traffic jam, for example. The system can also prompt the driver to take action in dangerous traffic situations in the city, thereby helping to avoid accidents. The distance to the vehicle ahead and the closing speed are monitored continuously by mid-range radar.
The driver is warned in two stages: when a vehicle ahead is detected, a warning lamp first of all lights up in the instrument cluster, if the distance is not within the safe range (stage 1). If the closeness to the vehicle ahead becomes critical, giving rise to a danger of collision, a warning tone additionally sounds (stage 2). The driver is thus urged to take action in the
form of emergency braking or a specific evasive manoeuvre to avoid a rear-end collision. The combined visual and audible warning is initiated in case of moving or stationary vehicles in the speed range from 7 km/h to top speed. Stationary vehicles are detected when the driver is travelling at a speed from 7 to 90 km/h.
Vehicles veering off the road or collisions with oncoming traffic are among the most common and most severe types of accident. Lane Keeping Assist (option) helps to avoid such crashes. A video camera scans road markings and detects differences in contrast between the road surface and boundary lines in real time. A control unit processes the data from the camera and the driver's activities. The system is able to recognise whether the driver intends to leave the lane by checking whether an indicator has been activated, for example. If a danger is detected, an audible warning tone is output and a visual warning is displayed in the form of a symbol in the instrument cluster.
The bodyshell of the new model series and the tridion safety cell have undergone further development to adapt them to the more stringent safety requirements in the crash test and to the new smart forfour. A high proportion of ultra-high strength hot-formed steels and maximum-strength multiphase steel is now used. These are used in the sidewall and in particular in the substructure.
In order to assure the structures of a high level of deformation and energy absorption capacity in frontal collisions, the new smart generation has been provided with the largest possible crumple zones and attention has been devoted to ensuring an effective flow of the accruing forces. In a severe frontal collision, the rear structure also helps to absorb the energy acting on the vehicle, for example. The forces are channelled into the extremely robust passenger cell, which is designed as a safety cage. Particularly extensive work went into adapting the new front axle carrier to crash requirements.
The highly robust tridion passenger cell is able to prevent major deformation even in very severe collisions, thus helping to protect the occupants' space. The fuel tank is located safely outside the deformation zone in front of the rear axle.
The Mercedes-Benz safety engineers were involved in the cooperation project with Renault throughout all phases of the development process and were able to contribute their amassed know-how. In the area of computer simulation, for example, where it was possible to calculate in detail the behaviour of individual weld spots or the newly introduced bonding methods, such as MIG soldering.
The number of assessed collision cases far exceeded the mandatory scope, both in the simulations and in real crash testing. The new smart fortwo underwent the same development programme as the new Mercedes-Benz
C-Class, for example. As it has been evolved for the global market, the number of crash tests was four times what is required for vehicles designed primarily for the European market.
In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz "Real Life Safety" philosophy, the focus in car-to-car tests was on compatibility with substantially larger and heavier vehicles. The new smart fortwo was required to demonstrate its capabilities in frontal collisions with the S- and C-Class.
The way in which all components (body, seat belts, airbags and sensor system) interact is crucial to effective protection. The forward displacement space for the occupants is to be sufficient to provide them with an adequate deceleration distance to minimise accident-induced physical stress in the event of a collision.
Driver and front passenger are each provided with a 3-point seat belt with belt force limiter and pyrotechnic belt tensioner as standard. The rear seats in the smart forfour each have a three-point seat belt with pyrotechnic belt tensioner and belt force limiter – features which other manufacturers do not necessarily provide as standard, even in higher classes of vehicle. A rear belt status indicator in the overhead control panel comes as standard.
The ISOFIX fastening system with TopTether attachment features as standard on the passenger seat of the fortwo and the rear seats of the forfour, providing a simple means of attaching child seats rigidly to the vehicle. The child seats themselves come from the Mercedes-Benz range.
The headrests for driver and front passenger are integrated in the backrests. They reduce the risk of injuries to the cervical vertebrae in a rear-end collision.
The smart models come with driver airbag, driver kneebag and front passenger airbag as standard. The kneebag has a positive influence on occupant kinematics in a frontal collision, thus offering the driver additional protection in many frontal collision scenarios. The principle of the telescoping steering column has been adopted 1:1 from the Mercedes-Benz range.
The standard-fit sidebags (head-thorax bags) are accommodated in the driver and front passenger seat backrests and provide side cover for the respective occupants' head and chest. The sidebags incorporate two chambers to enable due adaptation to different sizes of head / upper body. When inflated in side-on collisions they are able to lower the degree of stress to which the chest area is exposed and reduce the risk of the head colliding directly with the side window or other objects likely to cause injuries, such as a pylon, a tree or parts of a colliding vehicle. The occupants' pelvic areas are additionally protected by deformation elements installed at appropriate points in the door panels.
Production – Hambach plant remains a role model
Highly efficient assembly and logistics operations and suppliers based directly on site at the plant as system partners: since it was opened in October 1997 the smart plant in Hambach, Lorraine, has stood for the success story of an innovative, particularly lean production concept which continues to set new standards in its area of the automobile industry. With investments in the order of 200 million euros for production of the new generation of the two-seater, the plant has brought its original production concept into line with the state of the art while further increasing the flexibility of production operations. The innovative, lean production concept at 'smartville' is based on smart assuming overarching control of the plant and responsibility for the end product, while at the same time drawing on the expertise of specialised suppliers and service companies for numerous areas of production.
There is close contact between the smart plant in Hambach and the Renault production plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, where the new smart forfour rolls off the production line as part of the cooperation agreement between smart and Renault. The involvement of the production and quality experts from the Hambach plant ensures that all vehicles of the new smart generation meet the smart quality standards in full, irrespective of where they are produced.
The success story – an idea wins through
1998 saw the launch of an excitingly different car – the smart city coupé, which has since long become known as the smart fortwo. Measuring little more than two and a half metres in length, the uncompromising two-seater fitted crossways into parking spaces and established a new class of its own. Idea and brand successfully established worldwide.
With its uniquely short design, the smart is simply unbeatable for city driving – much to the delight of smart drivers in ever more cities all over the world. Following the smart fortwo's initial launch in Germany and eight other European countries, it is now available in 46 countries across the globe.
It has always been part of the smart concept to offer customers numerous additional services in the area of individual mobility. Back in an early phase of the brand's history, for example, the smartmove programme enabled drivers to hire a larger car on favourable terms, to reserve special parking spaces and to avail themselves of a car sharing programme – services which have since undergone further development and which remain closely linked to smart today as "smart add-on" or "car2go".
smart is also a pioneer of the local emission-free electric drive: 2012 saw the launch of the third-generation smart fortwo electric drive. With the new models, smart customers can enjoy even more fun at the wheel of an attractively priced vehicle that has the familiar compact dimensions, be it in coupé or cabrio style. With its 55 kW electric motor the smart fortwo electric drive accelerates from 0 - 60 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and with a maximum speed of 125 km/h driving pleasure is also guaranteed on urban motorways. The
17.6 kWh battery enables the urban two-seater to travel approximately 145 kilometres in city traffic without producing any local emissions. The new sale&care model makes opting into electric mobility particularly attractive: it offers customers an opportunity to buy, finance or lease the vehicle at an attractive price and to rent the battery for a monthly fee.
2012 also witnessed the introduction of the first smart with just two wheels: the smart ebike features an unconventional design in line with the style of the brand, functions appropriate for city use and high technology standards which are reflected by an extremely efficient high-performance drive package among other merits.
Total sales for the smart fortwo well in excess of 1.5 million show how successfully smart has turned the idea for this unique city car into reality. Annual sales also remained stable around the 100,000 mark in the final years of the model lifecycle. In 2013 the smart electric drive war was the market leader in Germany and ranked 3rd in Europe and 5th worldwide in the registration statistics for electric cars. At the beginning of 2014 the smart fortwo won the title of "Microcar of the Year" for the fifth time in succession in China. Today, five years after the market launch, China is the third most successful market for smart, after Germany and Italy.
1984년 처음 등장한 MPV로 이번이 5세대 모델이 되네요. MPV 시장에서 많은 노하우를 갖고 있는 르노인 만큼 완성도가 상당하다는 평입니다.
디자인도 디자인이지만 다이어트에 성공해 이전보다 평균 250kg이나 가볍습니다. 새롭게 개발된 CMF (Common Module Family) 플랫폼 덕분인데 르노 모델 중 가장 처음으로 사용한 것이 바로 이번 에스파스입니다. 캡쳐처럼 국내에 들어올 가능성도 있지만 유럽에서 워낙 인기 있는 모델인지라 물량이 될런지는 모르겠네요.
The Espace, Renault’s ﬂagship model, has undergone a comprehensive transformation. The new Renault Espace combines the sweeping lines of a large crossover with an elegant yet robust stance. The brand’s innovative new crossover places the emphasis on emotion and takes its inspiration widely from the Initiale Paris concept car which was presented this time last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Like previous generations of the model in the course of its 30-year long career, a large, brightly-lit cabin and comfort are the cornerstones of the new Espace which will also appeal thanks to ﬂuid lines that suggest the pleasure enjoyed behind the steering wheel, as well as to its convivial cabin and ﬂoating console. Both the ﬁve- and seven-seat versions feature ingenious interior modularity and meticulous attention has been paid to detail with regard to the new car’s design and build.
Driving enjoyment has been boosted thanks to the new Espace’s agile, dynamic performance which is particularly surprising for its size thanks to extensive work on weight saving (it is up to 250kg lighter than the previous Espace) and the Renault Multi-Sense® system. This new system coordinates the different technologies devoted to driving pleasure and travelling comfort, including the 4Control® chassis, electronic damper management and cabin lighting and sound ambiences that the driver can personalise and select to match his or her mood of the moment.
“Renault has reinvented the Espace. As the ﬂagship of our range, the new Renault Espace features Renault’s DNA, with sensuous styling, an unprecedented sensation of travelling comfort and ingenious innovations geared to satisfying the desires of drivers and passengers. Renault has paid particular attention to the design and production quality of the new Espace which marks the beginning of the renewal of Renault’s high-end range.”
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & CEO of the Renault Group
The new Espace, the poise of a crossover with fluid, elegant lines
Thirty years ago, the Renault Espace revolutionised the automotive world. Today, the new Espace has evolved to become an elegant crossover. To the agile handling and modularity of a family vehicle, it adds enhanced style, presence and driving pleasure, in keeping with the shifting demands and expectations of motorists. Thanks to the innovations it packs and the emotions it stimulates, the new Espace crossover is, more than ever, the embodiment of the Renault brand’s design renaissance.
“The new Espace remains faithful to the style of the concept car presented in Frankfurt, illustrating the ‘Wisdom’ petal – which expressed open-mindedness and pleasure – of Renault’s design strategy daisy. The new Renault Espace is a crossover that is generous; not only in its proportions, but also in its technological content and equipment, as well as in the emotional experience it offers occupants. It is an invitation to the driver and passengers alike to sit back and enjoy every moment of every journey they make.”
Laurens van den Acker - Senior Vice-President, Renault Corporate Design
1) EXTERIOR: FLUID, ELEGANT LINES AND AN IMPRESSION OF STRENGTH
“The new Espace’s high waist line, pronounced shoulders and low roof line ensure genuine poise, particularly for a large crossover. Its seductive front end, which features Renault’s new brand identity, full-LED lighting and a characteristic lighting signature all point to its assertive personality.”
Christophe Dupont, Director of Design – D and E segments
By breaking away from its conventional MPV form to adopt the dynamic lines of a crossover instead, the new Renault Espace exudes unmistakable presence. Standing at 4.85 metres in length (in both its ﬁve and seven-seat forms) and 1.87 metres wide, the new Espace crossover is generously proportioned. Its contained height of 1.68 metres (63 mm lower than the current-generation Espace) and high waist line imbue it with a streamlined stance. This impression is accentuated by the vehicle’s long wheelbase (2.88 metres, 16mm longer than the current Grand Espace) which also provides a more spacious interior. This impression of aerodynamic efﬁciency is conﬁrmed by the newcomer’s low drag credentials, namely a Cd of 0.30 and a CdA of 0.845 sq. metres.
Renault’s new crossover is status-enhancing without going to excess and expresses a combination of:
Dynamism, thanks to the design of its front end and generous shoulders
Character, with its large-diameter wheels (from 17- to 20-inches) and pronounced wheel arches
Warmth, through its interior layout, four-part Lumière panoramic windscreen and brightly-lit cabin
Thanks to its assertive front-end stance, the new Renault Espace proudly bears the Renault badge along with the other identifying features of all the brand’s models. The new Espace crossover’s daytime running lights also boast a distinctive signature. Designed to form a clear asymmetrical ‘C’-shape in the middle of each headlight, this signature gives the new Espace an emblematic lighting identity along with a strong ‘high-tech’ feel. It will continue to be rolled out on the brand’s other upcoming models.
Full LED headlight technology (Light Emitting Diode) is standard equipment for all versions of the model. The headlight units incorporate two Pure Vision LED modules which fulﬁl the functions of dipped and main beam lights. This technology endows the new Espace with lights that are both compact and extremely efﬁcient. The precise and intense ray emits a light that is close to that of daylight. Twenty per cent more powerful than a halogen beam, it makes a signiﬁcant improvement to night- time vision.
The muscular impression exuded by the new Renault Espace’s side view is heightened by its pronounced wheel arches which house a range of standard wheels with up to 19-inch rims, and even up to 20 inches as an option.
The chrome side window surround suggests the slender form of a feather, while the rear quarter pillar suggests the silhouette of an aircraft tail. The careful integration of the door mirrors – set back from the base of the windscreen – marks an original approach to rearward vision that is characteristic of the Renault Espace’s heritage.
To permit light to pour in from the sky, the new Espace comes with a standard 2.8 square metre Lumière panoramic windscreen which incorporates a ﬁxed glass roof over the front seats. A panoramic roof will be available as an option.
At the rear, the new Espace beneﬁts from generously dimensioned tail lights. Their chiselled light guides and ‘brushstroke’ pattern provide Renault’s new crossover with an assertive and striking lighting signature at the back, as well.
A low roof line further contributes to the new Espace’s streamlined look and offsets the slightly higher ground clearance (16cm, 4cm more than the current generation Espace). The generous wheelbase of 2.88 metres (16mm longer than the current Grand Espace) adds to the impression of dynamism, while at the same time freeing up additional cabin space.
2) INTERIOR: HIGH-TECH, COMFORT AND WELLBEING
“The new Espace’s welcoming interior is suggestive of the pleasure associated with travelling in the comfort of a private jet. Like its forebears, the new Espace is roomy, bright and comfortable for all of its occupants. The body shape of the ﬁve- and seven-seat versions is identical, while Renault’s large new crossover goes even further thanks to its special focus on the driver’s enjoyment.”
Stéphane Maiore, Interior Design Studio Manager
A high tech cabin
The focal element of the innovative passenger compartment of versions equipped with EDC transmission is its ﬂoating console which ﬁts seamlessly with the design of the new Renault Espace’s cabin. Deliberately simple and uncluttered, it houses all of the essential controls which fall readily to hand: a multi-function rotary control, the Multi-Sense® system’s shortcut key, the push-button assisted parking brake and the cruise control / speed limiter switch. The console is accentuated by light guides. The cabin’s high-tech feel is further accentuated by a choice of four trim decor overlays and the ﬂawless integration of the large, 8.7-inch, vertically-positioned display for the standard ﬁtment R-Link 2® multimedia system.
The compact size of the EDC transmission’s gear lever, which activates the electronic ‘shift by wire’ gear changes, frees up space for the ﬂoating console. The futuristic design of this gear lever is redolent of the aeronautical industry, while its asymmetric form imbues it with an original, almost sculptural feel. Its original ergonomic design and pleasing touch make it a functional wrist rest from which to use the R-Link 2® system.
In front of the driver, shielded by a cowling, sits a conﬁgurable display of entirely digital instruments with a high-resolution TFT screen instead of conventional dials. This system enables the driver to select which data is shown and how it is displayed. Within the driver’s line of vision (at a focal distance from the eyes of two metres), like the instrumentation of an aircraft, the colour head-up display projects an image containing current speed, navigational information, over speed warnings and diverse driving aids.
Meanwhile, the cabin’s customisable ambient lighting contributes actively to the sense of wellbeing inside the new Renault Espace. Depending on the selected driving mode, it is capable of adopting a green, blue, yellow, red or purple hue. Direct light guides outline the centre console to underline its high-tech feel, while indirect lighting underneath the console heightens the impression of lightness and emphasises the space available beneath its arch.
Integrated light sources at the top of the B- and C-Pillars accentuate the new Espace’s volume. The dominant colour of the instruments and R-Link® display, driven by the Multi-Sense® system, is that of the chosen ambient lighting. This creates either an energising or a soothing atmosphere which can be adapted as a function of the time of day or the driver’s mood of the moment.
The length of the room available inside the cabin plays a major role in the immediate impression of interior space. This space beneﬁts all occupants, especially passengers in the second row who enjoy knee room among the very best in the model’s class (up to 308mm with ﬁve seats in place).
The new Espace comes with a number of ingenious storage solutions. Opposite the front seat passenger, the Renault Easy Life drawer – like that which has met with such success in Renault Captur – transforms the traditional glove box into a 12-litre large-capacity drawer that is attractive, practical and easy to access, even for the driver. It is opened by touch-control electronic unlocking. Between the two front seats, 7.4 litres of storage space are available underneath the armrest. A further 0.3 litres of stowage are to be found to the left of the steering wheel. To the right of the gearshift is a lidded 0.5-litre storage space on the console, incorporating a USB port, mini jack socket and SD card slot and a removable cup holder behind a sliding shutter.
Underneath the console is a one-litre open storage area with two cup-holders. The drawer in the lower rear part of the console can contain up to 2.5 litres and is notably handy for passengers sitting in the second row. There are also door bins with a ﬂocked inner ﬁnish which offer 2 x 2.5 litres in the front and 2 x 0.85 litres at the rear. Boot space (ﬁve-seat version, up to the luggage cover) is 660dm3.
The new Espace also offers all-round hands-free entry. The ingenious opening and closing of the powered tailgate is triggered by a movement of the foot underneath the rear bumper. In a practical touch, the maximum degree to which the tailgate will open can be adjusted, facilitating its use in conﬁned spaces such as underground car parks or garages.
The ultra-comfortable front seats stand out through their particularly enveloping forms, while the wider head rests heighten the sensation of comfort. The top of the seat-back tailor-matches the build of each occupant, much like the protective collar of an overcoat. In the case of the Initiale Paris version, the ’10-way’ adjustability (eight electrical adjustments) provides the driver and passenger with ample freedom to find the ideal seating position. The seat height, seat-back angle and lumbar support are all electronically controlled by three buttons located to the side of the seat or via the R-Link 2® screen. Up to six seat settings can be memorised. Fore/aft seat travel is a useful 24 centimetres, while the length of the seat cushion can be adjusted through a distance of up to six centimetres.
At the back, there are three identical individual seats for second row occupants, while the third row accommodates two extra passengers. All the rear seats fold down into the floor and can be removed altogether if necessary to provide an entirely flat load space boasting a capacity of 2,040 cubic metres (see ‘One Touch Folding Seats’ description below).
The new Renault Espace offers a choice between three types of ambience and interior trim that can be combined with different equipment levels (depending on the choice of individual markets).
In France, for example, there will be three different ambiences founded on four distinct equipment levels:
LIFE equipment level: Brown dashboard, leather-trimmed steering wheel, Dark Brown fabric upholstery.
ZEN equipment level: Lune Grey or Brown dashboard. Nappa full-grain leather-trimmed steering wheel. Personalised decor for the ﬂoating console. Dark Brown mixed upholstery.
INTENSE equipment level: same as the Zen ﬁnish, but with Dark Brown Riviera leather upholstery.
INITIALE PARIS equipment level (see dedicated paragraph): dashboard with Lune Grey or Brown top-stitching, graded Lune Grey/Dark Brown or Dark Brown Nappa full-grain leather upholstery, and Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel, door panel inserts and armrests.
One touch folding seats: The magic touch that makes the seats disappear
In keeping with its Espace pedigree, Renault’s new crossover takes a fresh approach when it comes to modular interiors and implementation. For example, the individual seats in both rear rows disappear completely into the ﬂoor. Here, too, the driver is in control: thanks to the new Renault Espace’s one-touch modularity, its seats fold away – either individually or all together – with a single click or press of a button, irrespective of the position of the head rest.
This effortless modularity is very simple to use,
Remotely from the driver’s seat…it is possible to visualise and select the seat(s) to be folded using the R-Link 2® touch screen display
Remotely from the luggage compartment… seats can be folded by pressing the corresponding button(s) for each seat on the control unit mounted on the left-hand side panel
Seats can also be folded by activating the manual lever located on the side of each one
Folding away all the seats simultaneously is operated by a smooth mechanism whereby the seats disappear one after the other, like tipping dominos. After being electronically unlocked, the seats disappear ingeniously by means of a single mechanical spring action, aided by gravity.
The design of the new Renault Espace from an aeronautical perspective
Questions to Christophe Dupont, Director of Design – D and E segments and to Stephane Maiore, Interior Design Studio Manager
What were your sources of inspiration for the design of the new Espace?
CD: “The new Espace’s contemporary, sweeping lines were closely inspired by the world of aviation. The style reﬂects the quest for aerodynamic excellence, ﬂuidity and elegance that was at the heart of our preoccupations during the model’s design. The new Espace features styling details that are the fruit of this aeronautical and high-tech inspiration.”
CD: “On the outside, the rear pillar is shaped like an aircraft tail, for example. Inside, the centre console appears to ﬂoat between the driver and front passenger. It houses the gearshift lever which itself evokes a futuristic, aviation-style joystick. The dashboard design was inspired by the wing section of an aeroplane and the instrument panel shield is angled in the style of a runway, inciting the driver to move forward. We should also point out the light guides which surround the centre console and on the door pillars, not to mention the graphic clarity of the information provided by the head-up display and R-Link 2® screen. Neither would not be out of place in the cockpit of an airplane…”
What was the rationale behind this inspiration?
CD: “The chief principles that guided the new Espace’s design were the same as those currently employed in the world of aviation, namely aerodynamic efﬁciency, weight reduction, quality, reliability, ergonomics and comfort. Take private jets as an example: their design responds predominantly to the key priorities of functionality and efﬁciency. Yet they also evoke lightness and motion. Primarily functional, they are also beautiful. This aeronautical theme struck us as a means to bestow this generously-dimensioned family car with genuine poise.”
How about in-car comfort?
SM : “To express travelling comfort, our thoughts turned once again to the analogy of being on board a private jet. We paid particular attention to the design of the seats, to their easy and comprehensive adjustability and to comfort in every area. We also endeavoured to ensure harmony through the materials and fabrics we selected. We decided upon darker colours for the lower parts of the passenger compartment and lighter hues for the upper parts, suggestive of the contrast between the ground and sky.”
What are the other high-tech consequences of this inspiration?
S.M.: “With the new Espace, the technologies we employed and their design needed to reﬂect the promise of an enhanced driving experience. This impression is immediately created by the long ﬂoating console and unusual gear lever, while the design of the buttons and switches suggests precision and ease of use. The instrument panel – which has been placed back in line with of the steering wheel – incorporates a personalisable screen to enable information to be displayed in the desired format. Finally, the R-Link 2® system – which is an all-encompassing central information platform, complete with an 8.7-inch vertically-positioned screen – covers all the key driving functions. Characteristic of such ﬁne attention to detail and still in the same high-tech vein, an animated graphic and an audio signature welcome the driver on board when the new Espace is ﬁred up.”
New-generation R-Link®: Ever-more capable and intuitive
Renault’s intuitive and innovative connected tablet has evolved further still to deliver an enhanced driving experience. Launched in the new Espace, R-Link 2® is the driving force at the heart of the car’s various functions:
Flawless ergonomics for in-car use: the new Espace is available as standard with the R-Link 2® tablet which distinguishes itself from all similar systems through its unbeatable ergonomics. It has been thought through thoroughly for motoring use, yet it is as simple to use as a conventional touch-screen tablet.
A new, larger, vertically-mounted capacitive screen: R-Link 2® features a large, 8.7-inch, vertically-mounted display. The capacitive screen allows easy, intuitive two-ﬁnger zooming and scrolling. The decision to mount the tablet vertically, which corresponds with the driver’s view of the road, makes its menus easier to use and ensures that information is displayed clearly.
Deliberately located low down, the controls are within arm’s reach, while the screen is positioned higher up, within the ﬁeld of vision. Ideally situated, well lit, with clear, crisp graphics, the R-Link 2® screen provides the legibility and safety that are of paramount importance for use in a car.
Even more intuitively-integrated functions: In addition to the physical controls, the R-Link 2® display intuitively runs the technologies dedicated to the enjoyment of the driver and passengers: 4Control chassis, electronic damper control, driving aids, lighting and sound ambience and even the adjustment of the front seats (including massage settings), as well as the folding of the rear seats.
R-Link®: The control centre of the new Espace, right down to the adjustment and folding away of the seats
Powerful navigation and a range of affordable services: A pioneer of in-car navigation with Carminat and subsequently a contributor to the widespread availability of guidance technology with the Carminat TomTom Live system, Renault is now introducing 3D TomTom Live connected navigation with R-Link 2® which incorporates TomTom Trafﬁc for real-time trafﬁc information.
Renault’s R-Link Store® offers a comprehensive catalogue of applications designed speciﬁcally for in-car use, including Coyote® alerts, three Michelin applications (hotels, restaurants and travel), access to social networks and the reading out loud of e-mails.
A Bose surround audio system for a completely immersive experience
Long-time partners Renault and BOSE pooled their expertise to design a specially-tailored audio system for the new Espace which, for the ﬁrst time, offers BOSE Surround Sound in a Renault, courtesy of BOSE Centerpoint® 2 technology. This high-performance system will be available as an option from the new Espace’s second equipment level upwards, and will come as a standard ﬁtment in the Initiale Paris version.
Following the blueprint of the Initiale Paris concept car, the new Espace crossover has reached another level in the domain of audio realism, by offering a completely immersive experience with Surround Sound. The 12 high-performance loudspeakers guarantee acoustic quality close to that of a live performance. The sound ﬁeld is both panoramic and precise, the voices clear and natural. The instruments sound as if each one is emanating from an exact spot on the stage, revealing new details and subtleties. The sound is full and balanced in every situation and for all occupants of the vehicle, whether they be sitting in the front or rear, on the left- or right-hand side of the car.
“The intention with the new Renault Espace was to offer a listening experience of the same high standard as the comfort and feel of the driving. The introduction of Surround Sound creates a very natural impression, transforming the journey into a high-ﬁdelity listening session, as if the performing artists were themselves on-board. This enables the driver and passengers to experience the full emotion of the music.”
Bénédicte Le Nindre, Product Manager, Espace
The new Renault Espace’s Bose surround system at a glance
Surround Sound: an immersive experience which allows the driver and passengers to be enveloped by a full and balanced sound, wherever they are seated in the vehicle
12 high-performance loudspeakers, including a subwoofer for an expansive and enveloping sound quality worthy of a live performance
The BOSE Energy Efﬁcient Series® high-efﬁciency ampliﬁer controls the entire system, while consuming less energy than a conventional linear ampliﬁer
Centerpoint® 2 Technology: BOSE’s exclusive algorithm converts the signal from stereo sources into a multi-channel signal in order to deliver Surround sound
BOSE digital signal processor: tailor-engineered equalization incorporates the vehicle’s acoustic characteristics to reproduce the selected track’s musical subtleties
Renault brings enhanced pleasure at the wheel of the Espace
“The new Espace offers a driving experience that changes according to the colours of the driver’s mood and a spectrum of on-road performance characteristics. Courtesy of the Multi-Sense® system – which controls all of the technologies that contribute to the pleasure of the travelling experience, including the 4Control® chassis and electronic damper control – drivers are able to select the ambience to inspire their driving and the atmosphere inside the car. The new Espace is capable of adapting its characteristics to deliver the appropriate sensations, making it a little like owning several cars all rolled into one. The new Renault Espace offers a palette of different moods which are delivered in an immersive manner by speaking to all the senses of the driver and all the other occupants.”
Gérard Payen, Deputy Programme Director
Multi-Sense®: A technological revolution
Renault’s Multi-Sense® system is the device that controls and co-ordinates the input of the technologies installed in the new Espace to create an immersive and enjoyable driving experience. Most notably, it manages the 4Control® chassis, electronic damper control, steering, engine, EDC transmission, instruments, engine sound and ambient lighting.
The new Espace sees Renault explore a whole new dimension of driving enjoyment. It is a wholly immersive experience, giving rise to more sensations and putting the choice of emotions in the hands of the driver. This immediate pleasure – felt at every moment and at all speeds – is born out of a new technology conceived by Renault called Multi-Sense®. In acting like an orchestra conductor, the Multi-Sense® system attunes all of the technical features to be found in the new Espace to the drivers desires of the moment.
Whether the driver is seeking a sporty, calm or efﬁcient atmosphere, the new Renault Espace is able to adapt itself accordingly, changing its personality in the blink of an eye. That also translates across to the harmonisation of the on-board ambience, particularly in terms of lighting and sound. Even the front seats are equipped to offer different types of massage.
Thanks to Renault’s new Multi-Sense® system, the new Espace generates the desired mood and sensations via four pre-programmed modes: ‘Eco’, ‘Comfort‘, Neutral’ and ‘Sport’, in addition to a ‘Perso’ mode that is freely and easily conﬁgurable.
Each setting creates and coordinates a speciﬁc driving emotion thanks to:
The engine response
The EDC transmission’s gearshift calibration
The calibration of the 4Control® chassis
The suspension settings
And the degree of effort required to turn the steering wheel
The in-car ambience is harmonised according to the driver’s desire by adapting:
The colour of the interior lighting (green, blue, white, red, purple)
The presentation and colour of the information displayed by the instruments, as well the content
The engine sound
The intensity and frequency of the seat massages
The settings for the climate control system
These modes and settings are controlled either via the R-Link 2® screen or by using the rotary control on the centre console. The practical and clearly-presented menus, in addition to the shortcuts to key functions, offer intuitive access to all the beneﬁts of Renault’s Multi-Sense® system.
Thanks to this system, the new Renault Espace carefully adapts everything to the mood and desires of the driver.
4Control® expertise at the heart of the Multi-Sense® system
The 4Control® chassis (four-wheel steering) is a Renault innovation which controls the angle of the rear wheels. Out on the open road, the steering precision and stability of the car magnify driving enjoyment through corners. In built-up areas, meanwhile, the 4Control® chassis ensures an incomparable level of manoeuvrability at low speed. When parallel parking or conducting a three-point turn, its outstanding agility allows the driver to completely forget the vehicle’s size.
Thanks to the 4Control® chassis, the new Renault Espace boasts one of the smallest turning circle in its class. In emergency situations, the four-wheel steering technology reassures through the sensation of the swift response it delivers. Renault is the only manufacturer to offer such a system in a crossover.
An array of technologies to the benefit of driving convenience and safety (ADAS)
The new Renault Espace packs a plethora of driving aids and safety functions designed to warn or assist the driver.
Reassuring: adaptive cruise control, active emergency braking.
Alerts: lane departure warning, safe distance alert, excess speed warning with trafﬁc sign recognition, blind spot alert.
Assistance: front, rear and side parking sensors, rear view camera, automatic dipped and main beam headlights, head-up display, automatic parking brake, Hill Start Assist, hands-free entry and hands-free powered tailgate.
The new Renault Espace can even almost park itself on its own, thanks to the Easy Park Assist system. After helping its driver to identify a parking spot – by measuring the available space with its sensors – the device subsequently assumes full control of the steering during the manoeuvre. The Easy Park Assist function takes the wheel for parallel, diagonal and perpendicular parking. In all cases, the driver retains control of braking and acceleration during the manoeuvre.
Focus on efficiency
The new Renault Espace was designed to make driving fun. Renault’s engineers have reﬁned its aerodynamics, made the vehicle signiﬁcantly lighter and equipped it with efﬁcient, latest-generation downsized engines mated to EDC dual clutch automatic transmission.
250kg lighter and 20% more economical
The new Espace crossover has achieved a signiﬁcant weight saving representing as much as 250kg compared to the long version of the previous Espace. This 13 per cent reduction is evenly split between the body, chassis, powertrain and equipment (including the seats).
A new platform: the new Espace crossover sees Renault make use of its CMF (Common Module Family) modular architecture for the very ﬁrst time and combines lightweight materials such as aluminium for the doors and bonnet Noryl plastic for the front wings and thermoplastics for the tailgate.
Reﬁned aerodynamics: The Cd of 0.30 (0.031 lower than the current-generation Espace) and CdA rating of 0.845 sq. metres (down 0.086 sq. metres) yield valuable fuel efﬁciency savings, especially when driving on motorways.
The new Espace offers a choice between three 1.6-litre turbocharged engines – one petrol and two diesels – which are all the more efﬁcient inasmuch as they power a particularly aerodynamic and light vehicle body. The targeted improvement in fuel consumption and C02 emissions has been achieved and exceeds 20 per cent compared with the current-generation Espace and comparable performance.
Three powertrains all with useful new technologies
The new Espace sees Renault introduce two technological advances revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show on a production model:
- Twin Turbo technology for the Energy dCi 160 powerplant: a small, low-inertia turbo is dedicated to performance at low revs, while the second turbo takes over at higher engine speeds. The ample torque is rapidly available to guarantee a driving experience that is smooth and lively, with excellent pick-up.
- Automatic transmission with a new Shift-by-Wire control (a ﬁrst for Renault), for two of the three engines. This solution is used in Formula 1 and improves the precision and smoothness of gear changes thanks to better shift management. This transmission also yielded design beneﬁts: the absence of a mechanical link enabled the designers to incorporate such hallmark features as the new Espace’s ﬂoating console and compact, aviation-style gear lever.
Three turbocharged engines, all the same size…
ENERGY dCi 160 EDC with Twin Turbo technology: 1.6 litres, 160hp and 380Nm torque available from 1,750rpm.
The core-range engines for Renault’s new large crossover stand out through their response and pick-up performance. They are also characterised by the excellent enjoyment they deliver thanks to the six-speed EDC dual clutch transmission which is both dynamic and easy to use. The association for the ﬁrst time of the Energy dCi 160, automatic EDC transmission and the various Multi-Sense® driving modes combines to make the new Espace a vehicle that is totally committed to enjoyment and emotion. Finally, the Energy dCi 160 EDC unit provides the new Espace with one of the market’s best fuel consumption ratings for its power output.
ENERGY dCi 130: 1.6 litres, 130hp and 320Nm torque available from 1,750rpm.
This powerplant is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox. It was designed especially for motorists for whom running costs and comfort are key priorities, such as ﬂeet customers.
ENERGY TCe 200 EDC: 1.6 litres, 200hp (147kW) and 260Nm torque available from 2,500rpm.
For customers who prefer a petrol engine, the new Espace offers a new powerplant that focuses notably on dynamic performance and sensations, since the Energy TCe 200 is an evolution of the unit that powers the Clio R.S. Particularly efﬁcient under the bonnet of the new Espace, it delivers a dynamic, sprightly drive. Mated to the new, close ratio, seven-speed EDC dual clutch transmission, it ensures brisk pick-up. Again, the combination of the Energy TCe 200 engine, automatic EDC transmission and the Multi-Sense® system’s Sport mode ensure optimum enjoyment for the driver.
Thanks to the new Espace’s contained weight and carefully-honed aerodynamics, as well as to Renault’s expertise in downsizing technologies, as proven on the race track by its engine specialists, it has been possible to equip the new Espace with a choice of 1.6-litre engines which combine driving enjoyment and low fuel consumption. The 160hp pumped out by the Twin Turbo Energy dCi 1.6 diesel engine equipped with EDC transmission and the Multi-Sense® system generate the level of driving enjoyment expected of a car like the new Espace and deliver the sort of performance associated with two-litre engines.
The new Espace sees the introduction of two new gearboxes that are at the very cutting-edge of technology. The six or seven-speed automatic EDC (Efﬁcient Dual Clutch) transmissions mated to two of the three engines available for the model blend comfort, dynamic performance and response with low fuel consumption. The Multi-Sense® system also inﬂuences the calibration of EDC gearshifts as a function of the selected driving style.
Stop&Start for all versions
All of the new Espace’s engines are equipped with the smooth and ﬂexible Stop&Start system, along with the recovery of deceleration energy.
A perfect grasp of sophisticated turbocharging technology is not the only parallel between the 1.6-litre Renault Energy F1 powerplant and the 1.6-litre Renault Energy dCi. The Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo unit beneﬁts from a number of technologies borne out of Renault’s expertise in F1, most notably in terms of cooling efﬁciency and friction reduction:
A transverse water ﬂow system ensures rapid and efﬁcient cooling of the combustion chamber.
U-Flex piston rings are extremely ﬂexible and their ‘U’-shaped proﬁle allows them to adapt under the inﬂuence of heat and cylinder pressure to achieve the best compromise between efﬁciency and friction.
Friction further reduced by surface super ﬁnishing.
The ENERGY dCi 160 Twin Turbo engine features 1,800-bar fuel injection and two-stage turbocharging.
Renault Espace: 30 years of success founded on a pedigree of innovation
It took an avant-garde vision of the automobile and a certain degree of bravery for Renault to dare to launch the Espace in the ultra-conventional automotive world of 1984. The company also needed to place its trust in innovation as it strove to procure lasting success for a vehicle that was initially impossible to classify and which subsequently became inimitable. The Renault Espace went on to popularise the concept of the people-carrier whilst at the same time creating a new segment that would break new ground: that of a spacious vehicle that was highly modular yet with the performance credentials of a touring car. Over the course of time, the Espace cemented its enduring appeal through the originality and richness of its range, to the point of establishing its concept and name as practically a brand in its own right. The Renault Espace has since continued to evolve and progress in every area and has remained unrivalled in the automotive market throughout four generations, yielding a production of more than 1,245,000 examples. Today, Renault has conﬁdently taken a fresh look at the model, counting once more upon innovation in its bid to reinvent the Espace and win over new customers thanks to its unique vision of a dynamic and attractive family vehicle that offers driving enjoyment and personalisable travelling comfort.
Efﬁciency: an efﬁcient architecture and meticulous optimisation of the technologies, materials (aluminium, Noryl™, thermoplastics) and processes employed to enable the new Espace to shed as much as 250 kilograms compared with the equivalent former generation version.
Durability: the new Espace successfully passed the most difﬁcult tests, including a simulation of three years’ worth of motoring in just three months. The programme saw the new Espace cover 5.5 million kilometres and complete 520 hours of torture testing, as well as 450 hours of climatic tests. New features such as the new Renault Espace’s One Touch Folding Seats system and hands-free powered tailgate were subjected to speciﬁcally developed tests.
Absence of vibrations when slowing down: improvements have been made to ride quality thanks to a new approach to body design, enabling the new Espace to offer a particularly high standard of travelling comfort.
Precision stamping: hot stamping consists of heating the metal sheets to 850C° for several minutes, before cooling them again rapidly. The result is superior mechanical strength, allowing for the sheets to be thinner. Thanks to hot stamping, the new Espace gains in quality what it saves in weight.
Rigorously ﬁne-tuned: the new Espace’s ambitious design called for precise adjustments to the body and tighter radii for the body panel creases. The Douai plant rose successfully to this challenge to enable the new Renault Espace to keep its styling-related promises.
Painstaking assembly: No fewer than 5,000 operations are carried out on each vehicle body. Above and beyond this, ongoing inspections are carried out in 45 key areas to guarantee the perfect geometry of the new Espace and the perceived quality of the vehicle’s exterior.
Deep gloss paintwork: the new Espace is available in a choice of nine different body colours selected for their depth and lustre. The metallic ﬁnishes beneﬁt from a highly durable lacquer coating. The quality of the paintwork is subjected to a rigorous 900-point inspection procedure.
Resistant, status enhancing materials: The interior of the new Espace beneﬁts from the use of satin-effect chrome-ﬁnished parts. This enhances the appearance by limiting ﬁnger marks, in a similar way to the hard-wearing trim decor overlay that protects the centre console. Meanwhile, the seats of the new Espace’s Initiale Paris version are upholstered in full-grain Nappa leather along with the steering wheel, armrests and door panel inserts.
Carefully designed appointments: Evidence of the focus on quality is provided by the attention to detail paid to certain areas, including the head-up display which stands out through its bright, multi- coloured graphics. The sound system incorporates an invisible antenna which uses avant-garde technology to ensure optimum reception. The BOSE system, meanwhile, is every bit as understated as it is acoustically advanced. Thanks to the use of full-LED Pure Vision technology, the new Espace’s lights are both compact and efﬁcient. The precise, intense beams emit a light that is 20 per cent more powerful than a halogen beam and close to that of daylight. The long-life LEDs do away with the necessity to periodically change the bulbs.
The Douai plant shifts upscale for even higher quality
“Thanks to our new, ultra-modern equipment, carefully tried-and-tested new procedures and highly-trained employees proud to be working on the new Renault Espace, the Douai plant is ready for the quality challenge.”
Franck Naro, Director, Douai plant
In order to produce the new Renault Espace to the required level of quality, the Douai plant has undergone major and progressive changes over the past three years.
New equipment: The plant has invested in new presses and has inaugurated the hot stamping of sheet metal. Plastics are injected by three 2,250-tonne presses and a new 3,200-tonne press for the new Espace’s front wings and tailgate. The paint shop is equipped with new lighting, capable of highlighting ﬂaws that would be virtually invisible to the naked eye.
New procedures for the new Espace: Renault’s large crossover uses a new platform that places the emphasis on weight reduction through the introduction of new materials such as aluminium. As a result, the Douai plant has developed new processes and taken a rigorous fresh look at existing ones. This has also helped to enhance the skill levels of certain crafts, such as the retoucher. The plant has moved to the process known as full kitting whereby each operator has at their disposal the parts that correspond exactly to the speciﬁcation of the vehicle to which they need ﬁtting. This eliminates the need to make choices, since the parts kit corresponds to the exact requirements, thereby eradicating the risk of mistakes.
The Douai plant has adopted a variable-height upholstery workshop. This does away with pit positions, allows clear space alongside the production line and introduces carts between the cars, including for the larger parts. The body of the vehicle can be raised or lowered according to the task to be performed.
When it launched its ﬁrst prototype, the Douai plant implemented a programme of daily quality meetings based on vehicles taken at random from the production line. The new Espace is thus scrupulously scrutinised to ensure that it meets the required high standard of quality. This type of inter-workshop meeting soon earned the evocative internal nickname ‘‘War Room’’, which provides a clue as to how stringent demands really are.
The Douai plant’s quality drive
The new Espace is no ordinary product. It deﬁnes the ‘image’ of the Renault brand. Its designers have imbued it with all the ingredients necessary to produce an elegant vehicle with ﬂowing lines. The Douai plant brought itself right up to date for the purpose, putting its production equipment at the service of the design intentions. The message “Targeting high-end quality” is proudly displayed on buildings around the site, reminding each employee that they are a contributor to this process.
Indeed, every profession and every department at the plant plays a part. The new Espace accordingly beneﬁts from technologies hitherto unseen at Renault and aimed at producing a sophisticated vehicle that is capable of conveying emotion. The elegance of the brand’s new crossover has been achieved in part thanks to a reduction in the weight of its parts. Hot stamping for the strong and resistant central chassis rail, a new plastic injection press designed for larger parts such as the tailgate, a new aluminium press for the opening panels... All-in-all, the new Espace has succeeded in shedding 250kg compared to its predecessor!
The opening panels are adjusted in a refurbished and partly-automated body assembly area. The use of aluminium is new and employees have gained additional skills to work with the new processes and operations. The body shop teams meet every Tuesday in the Conformity Room to painstakingly review the 45 key characteristics of the vehicle body’s geometry, welding and exterior appearance... “We want to go the extra mile to produce a top-of-the-range vehicle. We demand exacting standards, with no margin for tolerance. We work as a team for the good of the vehicle. This teamwork is dialled into the new Espace’s DNA,” explains Michel Bauvin, a member of the Assembled and Painted Body Quality technical unit.
The new Espace is counting upon its power of seduction, towards which the depth and brightness of its colours play a signiﬁcant part, as does its complex harmony which blends aluminium, sheet steel and plastic. Thanks to the new illumination of the factory’s light tunnel, the exceptional lustre of the paint ﬁnish evolves as a function of the speciﬁed body colour. This reinforces visual acuity and assists the swift detection of ﬂaws by the quality inspectors for an exceptional, impeccable ﬁnish.
The new crossover is then pampered during the assembly stage. On a single line – where the new Espace alternates with the other vehicles produced at Douai – the operators are supplied with speciﬁc parts kits and are able to take full advantage of the excellent ergonomics generated by the all-new variable-height upholstery workshop. They can consequently focus ﬁrmly on quality as they work in less strained and safer conditions.
Some operators, known as ‘checkmen’, play a key role in ensuring that all vehicles conform to the required standards, thanks to an automatic ﬂaw log which forms part of a new digital tool. “My work involves looking at the vehicle through the eyes of the customer in order to spot problems and thereby ensure the highest possible quality,” explains Dimitri Keller, one of the checkmen. “This digital tool was introduced into the process half-a-year ago and produces better traceability.” As with the body shop, the Conformity Room is a place of lively activity and discussion where perceived quality is monitored.
Manufacturing the new Espace is a state of mind. This ethos was instilled into the men and women working at Douai during four days of training leading to a diploma known as the ‘high-end factory passport’. On the agenda were high-end product culture, manufacturing standards, perceived quality, costs and well- being in the workplace. They all came out of it convinced that everybody involved – regardless of their involvement – has a key part to play when it comes to ensuring the quality of what is a superb product, with a highly rewarding design for those who put their full effort into it during their everyday work.
2014 메르세데스 벤츠 S63 AMG 쿠페 초호화 사진입니다. 디자인도 그렇지만 무게를 65kg 정도 줄였다는 게 맘에 듭니다. 엔진은 5.5리터 V8 바이터보로 최고출력 585마력(hp)을 냅니다. 이 강력한 엔진을 바탕으로 제로백 3.9~4.3초, 최고속 250km(제한)을 자랑합니다. 물론 브랜드 특성상 오로지 달리기 위한 모델은 아니며 품격있는 고성능 쿠페를 지향하고 있습니다.
The new S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. Exciting lines underpin this two-door model's design. Dominance and sensual purity combine to lend the vehicle irresistible presence and effortlessly superior sportiness. Equally impressive is the combination of high driving dynamics, ambitious lightweight construction and groundbreaking efficiency. As the most powerful member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine is a paragon of poise and assurance. Boasting an output of 585 hp and 900 Nm of torque, the S 63 AMG Coupé delivers exceptional performance with remarkably low fuel consumption. And there is a world first in the shape of the curve tilting function, part of the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system, to further enhance both driving pleasure and comfort.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "The new S 63 AMG Coupé is another exciting AMG dream car in the luxury segment. Mercedes-AMG is putting the pedal to the metal again in the new year. Our model initiative is set to continue at blistering pace in 2014."
65 kilograms lighter thanks to AMG Lightweight Performance
The S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest model to benefit from the systematic implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy. Lightweight construction has reduced the vehicle weight by 65 kilograms – even though the car has a higher output and more extensive standard equipment than the predecessor model. This weight saving was achieved largely thanks to the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and a weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite braking system.
Furthermore, the entire outer skin and the front end of the body are made of aluminium. The reduced weight improves driving dynamics and cuts fuel consumption, while the low power-to-weight ratio of 3.41 kg/hp results in effortlessly superior performance: the S 63 AMG Coupé accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 to 4.3 seconds, depending on model variant, and goes on to reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
In terms of maximum output, torque and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine remains one of the most efficient series-produced V8 engines of all. With an output of 585 hp and 900 Nm of torque, the AMG eight-cylinder unit from the BlueDIRECT engine family meets even the most demanding of requirements. Compared to the previous CL 63 AMG model, engine output has been increased by 41 hp and torque by 100 Nm. Yet the S 63 AMG Coupé still consumes less fuel: The NEDC combined figure of 27.9 mpg makes the two-door model the most fuel-efficient model in its competitive segment. Compliance with the EU6 emissions standard shows that performance, efficiency and environmental compatibility are by no means mutually exclusive at Mercedes-AMG.
The model at a glance:
S 63 AMG Coupé
585 hp at 5500 rpm
900 Nm at 2250-3750 rpm
Fuel consumption NEDC combined
Kerb weight (according to EC)
1995 kg* 2070 kg**
Acceleration 0-62 mph
* ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, without driver and luggage); ** ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); *** electronically limited.
AMG sports exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps
Emotive and sporty performance or restrained and relaxing cruising: the S 63 AMG Coupé even has a choice of bespoke sounds. The AMG sports exhaust system meets individual driver requirements as it has automatic logic-controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in "C" (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine's sound is more understated. In "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. The result is an even fuller, hallmark AMG emotive engine sound.
"One man, one engine": a tradition of hand-built excellence
Like all AMG V8 and V12 engines, the eight-cylinder biturbo engine for the S 63 AMG Coupé is assembled by hand at the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the engines in Affalterbach according to the strictest quality standards based on the "one man, one engine" philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician's signature also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission combines perfectly with the V8 biturbo engine. Maximum agility and exciting dynamics are the two key strengths of this transmission, which is used exclusively at AMG. Drivers can configure their own personal set-up, depending on their driving style. There are three modes to choose from: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual). The ECO start/stop function is fitted as standard.
Curve tilting function is a world first
The S 63 AMG Coupé with rear-wheel drive features AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL. There is also a world first for series-produced cars in the shape of the curve tilting function. This function allows the S 63 AMG Coupé to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function enhances motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach higher cornering speeds, but to produce an even more pleasant motoring experience. The curve tilting function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC switch; it is active in the speed range from 19 to 112 mph.
In addition to the curve tilting function, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system includes ROAD SURFACE SCAN and Active Body Control (ABC) as standard. With Active Body Control the suspension struts are equipped with hydraulic cylinders (so-called plungers), in order to adjust the force in each strut individually. Depending on the curve driven, the curve tilting function shifts the base point of each individual strut. This allows the vehicle to incline automatically and continuously in fractions of a second and to angles of up to 2.5 degrees in curves – depending on the road angle and vehicle speed. The innovative suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to 15 metres ahead, and an additional lateral acceleration sensor.
ROAD SURFACE SCAN is a technology that can detect surface undulations in advance with the help of a stereo camera. MAGIC BODY CONTROL then adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation. Both suspension modes – "Comfort" and "Sport" – are also available here. The AMG-specific elastokinematics also ensure more directness when adopting a dynamic driving style.
Systematic lightweight construction: AMG forged wheels as standard
The S 63 AMG Coupé is equipped with AMG forged light-alloy wheels as standard. This design reduces weight while at the same time increasing strength.
The lower unsprung masses result in advantages in terms of handling and spring/damper element response. In the standard specification, the S 63 AMG Coupé is fitted with multi-spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish – 8.5 x 19 at the front and 9.5 x 19 at the rear, with 255/45 R 19 and 285/40 R 19 tyres respectively.
Optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio include 10-spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a polished finish – 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tyres respectively. The forged wheels feature a high-quality, screwable and fully integrated wheel bolt cover made of forged aluminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a centre lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG logo is integrated into one of the 10 spokes. As an option, these forged wheels are also available painted in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange. Alternatively, forged wheels of the same sizes in a five-twin-spoke design painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and a black wheel bolt cover are available.
AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system as an optionfor the first time
Short stopping distances and rapid deceleration are a given for the S 63 AMG Coupé, which is equipped with a weight-optimised, fade-resistant AMG high-performance composite brake system. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. The more than 20 percent lighter design ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.
Design: AMG combines sensual purity with effortlessly superior sportiness
The S 63 AMG Coupé also boasts exciting looks to emphasise its sporty performance: it exudes dominance and hallmark Mercedes-Benz sensual purity. The design is a stage for the exciting technology at the heart of the new dream car. Numerous aerodynamic elements underline the outstanding driving dynamics: the front end is dominated by the three-dimensional AMG "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome. Whether the car is moving or not, distinctive AMG lettering on the side between the louvres leaves no doubt: this is a high-performance model from Affalterbach. The A-wing is located below the radiator grille. This three-dimensional air-ducting element is painted in the body colour, spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. Large, black flics surround the outer cooling air intakes. Down below, the front splitter in silver chrome optimises the flow of air to the cooling modules. This design feature, which is a familiar sight in motorsport, also reduces front-axle lift and optimises the vehicle's aerodynamic balance.
All of the cooling air grilles exude high quality with their high-gloss-black paint finish. Keeping the A-wing and front splitter separate makes the car appear closer to the road. A similar effect is created by the AMG side sill panels with their high-quality, three-dimensional inserts in silver chrome. Together with the lower feature line, these inserts make the S 63 AMG Coupé exude dynamism even when it is at a standstill. Further eye-catching features of the side design include the large AMG forged wheels. "V8 BITURBO" lettering in a new, contemporary typography on the front wings is another hallmark AMG design touch.
At the rear, the diffuser insert in high-gloss black also catches the eye straight away. The lower trim element in silver chrome is reminiscent of the A-wing at the front and provides an effective contrast. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with sports flaps are perfectly integrated into the diffuser insert. Stylised, vertical air outlets in the rear apron assume the role of a defined spoiler lip and optimise aerodynamics. The "S 63 AMG" model designation in a new, contemporary typography below the tail lamps adds the perfect finishing touch to the rear-end design.
Interior: beguiling luxury, quality and sporty exclusivity
Opening the door reveals the beguilingly luxurious interior of the S 63 AMG Coupé: the instrument panel almost seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design. High-quality materials and fine workmanship are combined with a sporty, exclusive design idiom. The newly developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support. Fine nappa leather in AMG V8 design with piping and AMG badges on all four seat backrests together with the embossed AMG emblem on the armrest of the front centre console create an exquisite atmosphere on board.
The new three-spoke AMG sports steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim and perforated leather in the grip area allows perfect vehicle control. There is an AMG logo in the lower metal insert. New aluminium shift paddles shorten the reaction time when changing gear and enhance dynamism. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT colour display as an AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials. In addition to the specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the AMG start-up display, the AMG logo in the speedometer with 207 mph scale (left) and the "V8 BITURBO" lettering in the rev counter (right).
The new, innovative touchpad, fitted as standard, makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system.
World premiereand market launchin 2014
The S 63 AMG Coupé will have its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014. UK market launch will be by the end of 2014. UK pricing and specification is still to be confirmed.
쌍용차가 내년초부터 판매할 소형 SUV X100(코드네임)을 예고하는 XIV 컨셉 2종을 2014 파리 모터쇼에 출품했습니다. 쌍용에 따르면 이번 컨셉의 디자인이 양산으로 이어질 것이라고 합니다. 물론 헤드램프와 몇몇 디테일은 양산을 위해 단순해지겠지만요. 디자인도 그렇지만 새로 얹은 1.6 가솔린과 1.6 디젤의 성능치가 어느정도 될런지가 더욱 관심이 가네요.
잘되면 쌍용의 흑자전환에 지대한 공헌을 할 수 있을텐데 말이죠.
Development concept The XIV B-segment SUV series has been shown in various iterations at recent international motor shows, beginning with the IAA Frankfurt in 2011. Now nearing its international launch, XIV is expected to go on sale in Korea from early 2015 and other global markets soon afterwards, with anticipated annual sales of some 100,000 vehicles.
For this year’s Paris Motor Show, SsangYong is showing two further development concepts, XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure.
Based on the brand’s design philosophy of ‘Robust, Specialty and Premium’ and intended to create a close and emotive connection with owners, this B-segment SUV will become one of SsangYong’s most significant strategic models.
The XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure are equipped with several new technologies including a Stop/Start fuel saving system and three mode smart steering with electric power assistance, in addition to an all-wheel drive (AWD) system which SsangYong offers on all its SUV models.
To optimise comfort and convenience for the driver and passengers, features include a smart RDS & Bluetooth audio system, ventilated driver’s seat, digital dual-zone air conditioning, rear view parking camera, a sunroof and trip computer. A high level of safety is also assured thanks to advanced ESP, seven air bags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee) and high intensity discharge (HID) headlights.
And to meet the most stringent environmental legislation and fuel efficiency requirements, XIV comes with a choice of 1.6 litre petrol and 1.6 diesel Euro 6 engines to ensure low CO² emissions.
Styling concept The design of XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure has been inspired by the association of the power and dynamism of nature, and SsangYong’s new design philosophy, ‘Nature born - 3 Motion’ - the central theme of the brand’s vehicle design language.
The marque’s design philosophy embraces the dignified, dynamic and rhythmical qualities of nature, while enriching the customer experience through the harmony of man, nature and the car.
These two new concepts are intended to capture the emotional satisfaction derived from the pleasure of travelling. Echoing the ‘rhythmical motion’ seen in the XLV concept at this year’s Geneva motor show, these cars share many design values of the new B-segment car to be launched next year.
Exterior With its targa ‘T-top’ roof, XIV-Air meets the design brief by enabling driver and passengers to enjoy nature within their daily life. Believed to be unique in the SUV sector, this affords a sporty and dynamic sense while driving, and the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of open top motoring.
The simple yet refined bodylines create the sense of rhythm and dynamism, while the targa top offers the pleasure of wind-in-the-hair driving yet with protection. The robust and aggressive design to the lights complements the car’s more futuristic design language.
Inspired by the anticipation and excitement of the journey, XIV-Adventure embraces the escape from the routines and frustrations of urban life, leaving the crowded streets and skyscrapers behind while travelling away to new beginnings and possibilities. With such design cues as a heavy-duty bumper protector, purposeful roof rack and search light, the car evokes happy memories of escaping to the country and camping out in the wild surrounded by nature.
Rhythmical character lines flow down the side of the car’s body, while the taut volume of the rear bumper exudes dynamic motion. A chrome molding flows around the base of the car’s glazed area, below the windscreen, and ‘kicks-up’ at the C pillars.
A slim, wide grille, headlights built into the structural design, and a rugged tailgate completes the SUV style of the XIV-Adventure while closely echoing the SsangYong ‘look’.
Interior Inside, the XIV-Air pursues an emotional design language inspired by the effect of a cool and silky breeze. The shape of a bird’s wings in flight and two-tone colourway of white and dark blue creates the sense of inner space and a sporty, stylish ambiance, while the metal central fascia highlights the car’s futuristic design.
The interior fully embraces the importance of easy-to-use controls and devices, and integrates the very latest IT to ensure the best possible interface with users.
Eco-friendly powertrain XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure are powered by either a 1.6 litre petrol or 1.6 litre diesel engine, and meet the latest exacting Euro 6 emission standards.
Offering various combinations of 6-speed manual and automatic transmission, two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, CO² emission levels are significantly reduced, particularly with the manual transmission where a Stop/Start system and electric power assisted steering also help minimise power loss.
The 1.6 litre eco-friendly diesel engine produces much reduced CO² emissions of 110 - 120g/km (two-wheel drive, manual with Stop/Start), and the 1.6 litre petrol engine delivers a 140 - 150g/km CO² emission level, again with two-wheel drive, manual transmission with Stop/Start.
Safety Safety has been a key priority throughout the design stages of the new XIV, with passengers at the centre of consideration. To this end, advanced safety equipment such as ESP (electronic stability programme) is included which continually monitors road conditions and the vehicle’s status, adjusting speed, engine output, balance, braking and steering angle at the point when the driver is potentially about to lose control. The car also comes with a Hill Start Assist system, which allows drivers to change easily from the brake to the accelerator pedal and carry out a safer hill start, and an Emergency Stop Signal system helps prevent collisions by warning following vehicles when braking hard.
There are seven air bags to protect passengers from accidents - dual front airbags and a driver knee airbag are fitted for protection in the event of a frontal collision, while side and curtain airbags will deploy in the event of a side-on or pole crash. There’s also a safety restraint system to prevent passengers from being thrown from the vehicle in the event of a rollover accident.
High intensity discharge (HID) headlights and LED daytime running lights help ensure the vehicle is seen at all times by other road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians, while a tyre pressure monitoring system alerts the driver when any of the tyres need to be inflated or deflated.
Comfort and convenience With its high riding, good visibility and go-anywhere ability, XIV offers occupants all the advantages of an SUV with the comforts and convenience of a saloon car.
The digital-dual zone automatic air conditioning system keeps passengers feeling fresh throughout their journey by constantly monitoring the outside temperature and humidity, while front seat occupants can also adjust the temperature to their individual requirements.
To further enhance driving comfort in varying weather conditions, XIV comes with a ventilated driver’s seat, and heated and power adjustable front seats.
XIV is equipped with the choice of a newly designed MP3 audio system. A USB/AUX port enables users to play external audio devices, while Bluetooth hands-free affords safe use of a mobile phone on the move. Passengers can also use their iPod and iPhone thanks to the iPod connection, with information displayed on the high-resolution LCD screen. A mirroring function on the smart audio system allows you to share content on your smart phone with others by easily synching devices and then viewing on the screen. A rear view camera also displays onto the same screen making parking simpler and safer.
A remote keyless entry system makes opening and locking the car simplicity itself, while the optional smart key gives users a choice of manual or remote operation.
An illuminated instrument cluster or an optional ‘super-vision’ cluster is provided, along with high visibility LCD displays for the trip computer, gear shift indicator and other important information, with the option to select five different colours for the background illumination. Interior mood lighting to create a calm environment at night is also featured.
2 wheel drive / 4 wheel drive
2 wheel drive / 4 wheel drive
Bore X stroke
76 X 88
76 X 88
15.5 : 1
10 : 1
Number of cylinders
CO2 (Combined) -2wd
110~120 (Stop/Start) *
140~150 (Stop/Start) *
* Target data (Actual Certification data can vary depending on conditions)
국내엔 들어오지 않지만 매력적인 브랜드인 오펠에서 이번 2014 파리 모터쇼에 깜찍한 고성능, 오펠 아담 S를 공개했습니다.
아담의 고성능 버전인데 성능을 떠나서 너무나 아름다운 모습입니~다. 이 작은 덩치에 1.4 터보 150마력짜리 엔진을 얹고 브레이크는 OPC의 고성능 제품을 사용했다고 합니다.
물론 다양한 파츠로 운전차의 취향에 맞춰 꾸밀 수 있는 것도 장점이고요. 11월 사전 예약을 거쳐 내년부터 유럽에서 판매될 예정입니다.
The new sports star of the ADAM family is called ADAM S. It will mark the top of the range of the colorful ADAM portfolio and will show what it has to offer at the „Mondial de l’Automobile 2014“ in Paris from October 4 to 19. A study version of the ADAM S was presented at the Geneva Motor Show last spring and now the decision has been taken to produce the sporty ADAM. The ADAM S will be available for order from Novemeber produced from 2015. Slick design, a spirited powertrain and naturally numerous individualization possibilities characterize the latest ADAM. Drivers who like a somewhat sportier drive can find a 110 kW/150 hp, 1.4-liter Turbo ECOTEC unit under the hood. In addition, a specially tuned chassis and the OPC braking system ensure that the pocket rocket stays on the road even at high speeds. The ADAM S’ sporting pedigree is plain to see – the designers have given it a slick styling both on the in and outside. The racy small car completes the ADAM model range with the crossover ADAM ROCKS having already been introduced. With the ADAM S, Opel have once again shown how versatile the ADAM family is, always according to the principle: individual, exciting and strong. The ADAM S will give the best connected small car and individualization champion another dimension with its performance.
Turbocharged pocket rocket
With 110 kW/150 hp and 220 Nm of torque on tap, the special new version of the 1.4-liter Turbo ECOTEC unit in the ADAM S boasts a specific power output exceeding 100 hp/liter. It delivers 50 percent more horsepower and 70 percent more torque than its naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter stable-mate. Combined to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new turbocharged engine impresses with outstanding responsiveness and a torque plateau that suits a spirited style of driving, making curvy roads the ideal terrain for the little sports star. The ADAM S accelerates from 0 to 100 in only 8.5 seconds. Top speeds of well over 200 km/h are possible with the engine.
ADAM S’s 1.4 Turbo engine is naturally fitted with Start/Stop technology and the engine already meets the future Euro 6 emission standards. The dual cam phasing for continuously variable valve timing and a turbocharger integrated within the exhaust manifold for reduced weight and compact packaging. Numerous weight-saving features include a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold. In this arrangement the sportsman of the ADAM family makes do with a mere 6.4 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.
The sporty driving characteristics are enhanced by the specially tuned performance chassis, developed especially for the ADAM S, and direct, sharp performance steering. But the pocket rocket can also handle itself in case of an emergency – large OPC S brakes, custom-made for the various wheel sizes, ensure excellent braking characteristics. The 18-inch wheels with propeller-design rims are fitted with 225/35 R 18 tires and the red brake calipers can be seen. Alternatively, 17-inch wheels are available.
Sportsman at first sight: captivating ‚Red ’n‘ Roll‘ design
The crisp design of the ADAM S leaves no doubt what it has under the hood either. The front lip spoiler, side sill moldings and an extended rear bumper cut-out with a visible, bold exhaust tailpipe characterize the bodywork or the muscular sportsman. A total of ten body paint choices and four further roof combinations are available with the ‚Red ʼn‘ Roll‘ roof design reserved exclusively for ADAM S customers. The rear spoiler, which creates sufficient downforce, and the special ADAM S logo on the C pillars complete the look. Those who want an even more impressive entry can individualize the roof and bodywork with additional special “S” graphics.
Inside the vehicle, the driver and front passenger can choose between four different seat arrangements, three of which are exclusively available for this ADAM variant, including the Recaro Performance seats in Morrocana or nappa leather. The interior reflects the ‚Red ʼn‘ Roll‘ design in many ways, for example with the optional leather package including black and red steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake in leather or the red and white lighting for the instrument panels and doors. This is all rounded off by small details such as special ADAM S floor mats or the key in the grey-black-red ADAM S design. The optional checkered flag headliner design creates additional racing flair.
Furthermore, the ADAM S has LED daytime running and rear tail lights, electronic climate control and Opel’s award-winning, sophisticated IntelliLink system that offers state-of-the-art connectivity and apps. This infotainment system is fully compatible with latest smartphones using both ANDROID and Apple iOS. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, seven speakers and a 7-inch high-definition color touch-screen. Opel’s smart IntelliLink system also provides navigation by the BringGo app, as well as the Stitcher and TuneIn apps. The integration of Apple iOS devices into the system enables use of the SIRI EYES FREE voice control function. It’s safe and easy-to-use technology which makes ADAM the best connected small car on the market.
피아트가 2014 파리 모터쇼에서 500X를 공개했습니다. 500시리즈의 최종판으로 보이는데 겉으로는 500L과 큰 차이가 없네요. 도심형과 오프로드형 2가지 버전으로 나오나 봅니다. 눈에 띄는 점은 체로키에서 쓰인 리어 액슬 디스커넥트 기술이 쓰인점입니다. 큰 힘이 필요치 않을 때 리어 액슬 축을 회전시키지 않으면서 연비를 높이는 기술인데 3% 정도의 연료소모량을 줄일 수 있다고 하네요.
5단과 6단 수동이 기본이고 6단 듀얼클러치와 9단 자동변속기는 옵션으로 제공됩니다. 한 모델에 이처럼 다양한 변속기를 쓰는 경우는 이번이 처음인 것 같네요. 이유는? 모르겠습니다 ㅎ
Introducing the new FIAT 500X, the latest addition to the FIAT 500 family! Making its world début at the Paris Motor Show, the new FIAT 500X is a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two versions on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: one is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook while another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind. A choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, will help every owner personalise the look of their FIAT 500X.
In keeping with its philosophy of appealing to every spectrum of customer, the FIAT 500X is available with a broad range of engines and transmissions, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission – a first for a FIAT vehicle! This new, electronically-controlled, nine-speed automatic transmission features "shift-on-the-fly" mapping with the possibility of switching to manual-sequential mode, while the four-wheel drive system it drives adopts a fuel-saving rear axle disconnection system that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver. The result is a highly efficient drivetrain that offers excellent pick-up and smooth delivery of power, with sure-footed and dependable handling in all conditions.
Equipped with a MacPherson rear suspension, the FIAT 500X has been engineered to strike the optimal balance of handling and comfort that the segment demands, while the latest active safety systems are available to assist the driver, including front headlights with DRLs; front fog lights with adaptive cornering; sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control); Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Blind Spot Assist (lane change assistance system). A ParkView reversing camera is also available in the new 500X, as is the "Brake Control" assisted braking system.
Even the driving experience can be personalised and adapted, depending on how the new FIAT 500X is being driven and the prevailing driving conditions. The "Drive Mood Selector" has three different modes for engine, brakes, steering and gearbox/transmission settings: “Auto” offers the best compromise in terms of comfort, consumption and CO2 emissions while “Sport” reconfigures the FIAT 500X for better performance and more spirited handling. “All Weather” adjusts the vehicle settings for maximum safety even in low grip conditions.
On the more rugged version of the FIAT 500X, “All Weather” mode is replaced by the “Traction” function, which speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle on four-wheel drive versions or activates the “Traction Plus” control system on front wheel drive versions, the latter offering an ideal solution to drivers who only encounter extreme low-traction situations occasionally, thereby avoiding the additional costs and slight emissions increase associated with a conventional four-wheel drive system. The FIAT 500X also offers eco:Drive™, which can help reduce emissions and fuel costs by up to 16 percent, in addition to the my:Car™ service (UK availability TBC) which helps with maintenance and dealing with emergencies using an interactive user manual.
The engine range of the new FIAT 500X in EMEA countries comprises four petrol engines and three diesels: Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive petrol models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, are powered either by a 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine or the 184hp, 2.4-litre Tigershark engine.
The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95hp, 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 120hp1.6-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140hp, 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. All engine and transmission versions will be offered in the UK, with the exception of the 2.4-litre Tigershark unit.
Designed in the Centro Stile FIAT, the new 500X is compact on the outside – measuring 4.25 metres in length (the more adventurous FIAT 500X is 2cm longer), 1.80 metres in width and 1.60 metres in height (1.61 with roof bars, 1.62 with 4WD) – while spacious and inviting on the inside, with extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments – including a spacious 350 litre luggage compartment. The seats adjust to offer a high degree of flexibility and seven different interior fabric, leather and colour configurations are available, depending on the model and exterior colour.
The FIAT 500X also stands out compared to its competitors thanks to its sophisticated 5.0- or 6.5-inch Uconnect™ colour touchscreen infotainment systems. Both systems feature Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity and can be operated via steering wheel remote controls and voice commands. The five-inch Uconnect™ unit is available with TomTom 2.5D navigation while the 6.5-inch system features satellite navigation with 3D maps, progressive route guidance and ‘One Shot Voice Destination Entry’ to enter addresses with voice commands. DAB and a Beats Hi-Fi system, developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, are also available.
A new Uconnect™ Live system (UK availability TBC) also allows customers – through integration with their smartphones – to use many apps on the on-board system so that they can always be in contact with their friends on Facebook and Twitter; listen to millions of music tracks on Deezer and more than 100,000 radio stations with TuneIn; get real-time news updates from Reuters and get the latest traffic, safety camera and weather information from the TomTom Live service.
Built in the updated SATA plant in Melfi, Italy and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide including the United States, the new FIAT 500X will go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2015. Final specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch of the FIAT 500X in the UK.