concept of an 4WD SUV with the comfortable
interior of a saloon.
9 August 2005.
Egeus is about how Renault
sees the high-end SUV
segment.Or, as Patrick le Quément, Senior Vice President,
Corporate Design at Renault puts it:
"Egeus is an SUV for city driving and the open
road, a sort of 'tall coupé' that combines driving
pleasure with elegance and sportiness."
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in
September, Renault is presenting its new Egeus concept
car, a resolutely upmarket 4WD Sport Utility
Vehicle with the seductive elegance and luxurious,
comfortable interior of a saloon. Thanks to its SUV
size, Egeus offers a spacious interior while its exterior
promises solidity and a dynamic personality. The longer
bonnet highlights a soft, flowing design worthy of an
from a 6-cylinder 3.0-litre 24V dCi
turbocharged diesel engine.
Personality - Egeus is the
perfect combination of elegance and sportiness, power and
solidity. Its design is a natural continuation of the
previous concept cars Wind and Fluence and carries echoes
of a top-of-the-range saloon. Its flowing, homogenous
lines have nothing of the angular styling usually
associated with an SUV.
The front end is deliberately
pared-down. By incorporating the air inlets under the
headlamps, Egeus has no need for a grille, too brash for
such a pure design. The play of light on the double curve
of the sides further accentuates its flowing form.
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"The outside is about simplicity,
unity, sensuality. Egeus looks as though it has been
sculpted from a single piece. The undulating lines and
voluptuous forms instantly suggest driving pleasure,"
says Patrick le Quément.
This suppleness is evident in the way
the bonnet flows into the rounded windscreen, which, in
turn, blends seamlessly into the bubble-shaped glazed
roof. The bubble shape of the rear window forms a
continuous, flowing line with the windscreen in a
streamlined shape worthy of any coupé. The rear window
rests on broad wings that sit the car squarely on the
With its longer bonnet, shorter front
and rear overhang, and rounded rear wings, Egeus has a
dynamic, powerful character. Its 22-inch wheels combine
with higher ground clearance than that of a classic saloon
to give this concept car its solid stance. Inside, the
seat height is designed for greater visibility while
reinforcing passengers' sensation of comfort and safety.
Upmarket - Egeus features four
independent seats with all the comfort of a luxury
car. Noble materials and a
subtle blend of colours and textures distinguish the
spacious interior. The relaxed, elegant atmosphere adds to
the feeling of serenity inside the cabin.
The "Cythère Blue" bodywork,
the "manta ray" dashboard and the blue-tinted
hues of the cabin evoke an underwater world.
The leather upholstery in woven beige
tones, inspired by a pixelated image of a setting sun,
creates a warm atmosphere. The centre console, upholstered
in blue-tinted leather, echoes Egeus' undulating sides. It
incorporates three generous stowage compartments in
addition to the two front-door bins.
The cabin is warm and welcoming thanks
to the glazed roof and a central strip with two
doors without centre pillar.
"The interior is spacious,
comfortable, simple and discreet. Aesthetically, it aims
for minimum intrusion and maximum well-being, as what
counts when driving is the environment outside as it
The wraparound seats guarantee a high
level of comfort and stand out for their innovative
functions. The front seats pivot outwards and can be
lowered 70mm for the easiest possible access. The rear-hinged
doors plus the absence of a centre pillar give
unencumbered access to the rear seats.
The boot features a split-level
opening, with a classic lift-up top and a motorized,
drop-down lower section that includes a sliding tray for
effortlessly loading heavy or bulky objects.
The height of this tray can be
electronically adjusted to reconfigure the boot's interior
The side door handles are flush-fitting
so as not to detract from the streamlined sides. An optical
sensor detects an approaching hand and pushes the
handle out a few centimetres, making it easy to grasp.
The GPS navigation system calculates
the recommended speed, which is then shown in the
centre of the speedometer dial, with its analogue and
digital displays. LED diodes around the dial flash to
alert drivers if they go over this speed.
diodes around the dial flash to alert
drivers if they go over this speed.
In off-road mode, an indicator on the
instrument panel is automatically activated to show the
car's attitude to the horizontal and alert the driver if
there is any risk of roll-over.
At the top of the dashboard, a
centrally positioned interactive screen relays information
to passengers, in particular a detailed trajectory map.
The intuitive controls are true to the
principles of Touch Design. The central rotary
speed selector benefits from simple ergonomic styling. The
ideally-located multimedia control lever makes for easy
handling while the steering wheel-mounted controls mirror
the natural curve of the hand.
Power and control -
The 250hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, mounted north-south,
gives Egeus both power and agility. Euro 4 compliant, it
is fitted with a particulate filter.
The fully automatic 4WD transmission
regulates traction on the four wheels from 0 to 100%
according to grip. This, combined with a seven-speed
flick-shift automatic transmission, ensures a high
level of driving comfort while substantially reducing fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions.
Egeus is fitted with Michelin
Eden Weiss tyres.
Striking a perfect balance between sensitivity and
performance, these tyres are ideally adapted to Egeus'
dual function: the adaptability of a roadgoing
vehicle that can also handle off-road conditions.
The front and back tyres are mounted differently.
These tyres are designed to better
withstand friction and in doing so reduce fuel consumption
and CO2 emissions. The compact, closed tread minimizes
deformation and therefore energy loss. The long, shallow
grooves help reduce road noise while ensuring a firm grip
in off-road conditions. The centre of the front tyres'
tread, with a less open tread pattern and water-holding
capacity, is designed to transmit power to the ground and
provide good grip on wet roads. The rear tyres have rigid
shoulders for optimal handling during cornering.
Thanks to the PAX System, Egeus
does not need a spare wheel.
The wheel rims have been specially developed by Montupet.
Egeus’ boomerang-shaped headlamps
function as running lights and indicators, thanks to LED
diodes in two different colours. This optical system,
developed in partnership with Valeo, matches
efficiency with an innovative and compact design.
All light comes from high-performance diodes and, as on
Fluence, the amount and direction is adjusted according to
the steering angle.
On twisty roads, an electronic function
automatically directs the beam.
On motorways, the diodes are
automatically activated and modulated to maintain a
constant and optimal range without dazzle. Their colour is
similar to that of daylight for greater comfort and
visibility. These diodes have a significantly longer
lifespan than any existing light source.