The Renault Vel Satis concept was a dramatically styled four-seat, high-technology coupe designed to commemorate Renault’s 100th anniversary. It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and embraced several elements that indicated future design trends, following in the footsteps of the Initiale concept of 1995. These included its frontal styling with twin air intakes and a prominent position for a Renault badge, angular flanks, and distinctive muscular shoulders toward the rear and below the C-pillar. Designers were sent to London, Milan, and other major European cities to bring back fresh ideas about architecture, fashion, and textiles for incorporation into the Vel Satis Concept.
The Vel Satis’ two 1.78-m (5.8-ft), carbon-fibre doors open electro-hydraulically on a patented hinge system that moves out and forward. This means that they extend no further than the doors of the Renault Twingo I but still allow easy ingress and egress to the Vel Satis' interior. The doors open at the touch of a pressure pad. The bonnet, which covers a newly developed, naturally aspirated, 3-litre V6, is also powered like the clamshell boot. This theme of powered systems extends to the interior, with the seats incorporating laterally moving headrests to allow passengers to relax easily.
The steering wheel pioneered a stationary hub, with built-in controls; only the rim of the wheel actually moved, while the dashboard incorporated trays rather than the usual glove box. These swing out, with one containing a keyboard for operation of a PC. A telematic travel system used a Pioneer DVD. Navigation and guidance information can be complemented by cultural information on an area as it is passed through.
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