Renault Altica concept car: A sporty estate with the
accent on style
Renault has taken the
wraps off its new concept car, Altica, a sporty estate that combines
flowing lines with a spacious interior. Its dynamic stance is
underpinned by a long bonnet and curved forms, while its modular
interior ensures outstanding load capacity. Altica stands out as a
dynamic vision of the estate, combining the practicality of the
latter, the sports appeal of a coupé and a high standard of
Flowing, sporty lines
The panoramic windscreen and rear window
underline the car’s fluid aerodynamics. The two-tone paintwork
accentuates the side design and also asserts Altica’s graphic
identity. The car’s overall stance – low-slung lines, long
bonnet, prominent wings – and proportions express true sports car
dynamics. Comprised of a mosaic of transparent panes, the rear
quarter lights suggest forward movement.
|| 177 HP@
|| 2000cc (122 cu. in.)
|| 280 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
|| 2866 (1300)
Acceleration 0-62 mph
|| 7.5 sec.
|| Front Wheel
mirrors its sporty, dynamic exterior design. The suspended drive
station is held in place by four profiled rods that hint at the
world of Formula 1. The transparent roof and panoramic windscreen
erase the boundary between the interior and the outside world and
also ensure a brightly-lit cabin. The mosaic design of the rear
quarter lights allows sunlight to filter into the cabin much like it
does through stained glass windows and gives the interior a more
welcoming feel. The layout and angling of the panes ensure good
three-quarter rear visibility for the driver which is indispensable
The headlamps feature four different modes – daytime
running lights (DRL), sidelights, dipped beam and main beam – and
function using rows of diodes. They also produce a halo effect when
the DRL mode is selected. This is achieved in two ways. First of
all, each polycarbonate headlamp module cover is speckled with
thousands of small, micro-engraved nicks.
Invisible to the naked eye, these nicks have no effect on the beams
and permit light to pass unhindered. In the daytime running mode,
however, the surface of the module cover is illuminated from the
edge. The light is accordingly trapped inside the mass and spreads
out like a fluid over the entire surface to produce an original and
effective halo effect for the DRL and sidelight functions.
estate with the accent on practicality
pedigree is reinforced by its scissor doors, the form of which
ensures easy access to this low vehicle. The generous interior
volumes of Altica provide a very high standard of travelling comfort
despite the car’s sporty characteristics. Each of the four
individual seats boasts outstanding comfort.
The centrally-positioned dial features two display modes:
“comfort” and “sport”. The “comfort” mode
indicates the car’s speed in the centre of the display while the
perimeter shows the legal speed limits
which turn red if exceeded. In the “sport” mode, the speed
continues to be displayed in the middle of the dial but the
perimeter becomes a digital rev counter and turbo pressure
indicator. The graphics of the high-resolution screen provide a
distinctly human touch to this high-tech display which itself
suggests watchmaker-like precision and sophistication.
pleasure, power and control
Altica is a
dynamic sporty estate that combines driving pleasure with a
sensation of power and control. With its long bonnet, sports
dimensions (length: 4.27m; width: 1.83m) and very low centre of
gravity, Altica offers remarkable performance. Altica’s new 177hp
2.0 dCi particulate filterequipped diesel engine takes the car from
a standing start to 100kph in just 7.5s. Coupled
with a six-speed Altica features a number of clever storage spaces,
including the shell-like glove box, concertina-style storage
compartment in the armrests and a tray situated underneath the floor
at the rear.
The rear seat backs
can be folded into the flat floor which is equipped with straps that
permit heavy or bulky loads to be held secure. This layout
transforms Altica into a two-seater sports coupé with a vast
1,300-litre boot, while the boot lid provides very easy access and
an extremely low loading sill. Altica’s low fuel consumption also
stems from its exceptional aerodynamics.
Located at the extremity of the roof at the point where the vehicle
and the passing air flow separate, a discreet mechanical system
generates jets of air which are alternately blown and sucked through
a 2mm wide slit. Known as “Synthetic Jet”, the system actively
controls the separation of the air flow
according to the vehicle’s speed. This innovative technique, which
reduces drag and controls the structure of the air flow, is a
registered Renault patent and reduces the car’s Cd at 130kph by
15% for an energy consumption of just 10 Watts. gearbox, this
powerplant – which boasts maximum torque of 380Nm – provides
excellent pull-away and mid-range acceleration. This hasn’t been
to the detriment of fuel consumption, however. The Renault-Nissan
Alliance engine is very inexpensive to run and fuel consumption is
equivalent to 140g of CO2 per kilometre. In terms of both
performance and driving pleasure, it stands out as the best diesel
engine in its class.
Valves: 16 valves.
4 valves per cylinder
HP to Weight Ratio: 16.2 LB / HP
HP / Liter: 88.5 BHP / Liter
Tires / Wheels
Tires: 245 / 35 - ZR21 tyres
Length 4.271 m | 168.1 in. | 4269.7 mm.
Width 1.831 m | 72.1 in. | 1831.3 mm.
Height 1360.001 mm | 53.5 in.
Wheelbase 2620.001 mm | 103.1 in.
Front Track 1540.001 mm | 60.6 in.
Rear Track 1540.001 mm | 60.6 in.
Ground Clearance 175.001 mm | 6.9 in.
Front Overhang 936.01 mm | 36.9 in.
Rear Overhang 714.01 mm | 28.1 in.
Fuel Type: Diesel