September 29, 2016

Renault has grabbed some headlines at the Paris Motor Show and we do like the all-electric Trezor. But we already know it’s never, ever going to happen.

The Trezor is a reworked version of the DeZir, that the Regie revealed to the world in 2010, with batteries instead of the old internal combustion engine. So basically Renault’s skunkworks team carved up an old model that had done its duty and fitted it with a revised Formula E motor with 260kW (350bhp) and 280lb/ft of torque.

It comes with a regenerative braking system from Formula E, which Renault backs, and two battery packs that come with independent cooling systems.

Inside it is covered in reclaimed wood and thin strips of ash as accent pieces. It’s great, it’s lovely, but Renault doesn’t make cars like this.

Alpine is coming back, but it isn’t this tough

It did bring the Alpine name back recently, after years of development. But the finished car is a toned down and diluted version of the sporting monster that the company wanted to sell in the first place. So while we would love to think that we’ll see the Trezor on the road in the near future, we just don’t buy it.

This is a stunning show car, but the world of concepts is getting so blurred these days and it’s important to separate the realistic visions like the Generation EQ and the madcap headline chasers like the Renault Trezor.

Enjoy it, marvel at it and be happy that it’s there. But just know that you’re not going to drive it. Renault makes exceptional hot hatches, but it does not make supercars.

Self-driving tech is interesting

Renault did reveal some useful information and said that this car features the MULTI-SENSE autonomous driving system it is working on with Nissan. That’s a total Level 4 system that means you can leave the car to its own devices and Renault says this system could be ready to go as early as 2020.

Now that is useful, relevant and interesting. The car itself is just very attractive window dressing. It’s smoke and mirrors that provide a welcome distraction and very little else.

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