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Mike Stevens | Oct, 05 2010 | 4 Comments

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After a virtual 'unveiling' earlier this year, Renault has this week shown its DeZir concept at the Paris Auto Show.

Lead by new design boss Laurens van den Acker - the man responsible for Mazda's soon-to-be-retired 'Nagare' design language - the DeZir is an all-electric 'zero emissions' concept.

While the casual observer might spot a little Koenigsegg in its profile and a touch of Audi R8 in that silver blade, van den Acker says the DeZir offers a glimpse at the more 'emotional' styling that will figure prominently across the next-generation Renault range.

"My early source of inspiration stemmed from the liquid sensation, wave-like movement and contrasts in light associated with certain rippled surfaces," says Yann Jarsalle, responsible for the DeZir's exterior styling.

"By directly laying out volumes and not just joining together a number of surfaces by lines, I felt more in tune with the world of sculpture than with that of architecture."

Featuring gullwing-scissor doors and sitting on huge 21-inch wheels, the DeZir is powered by Renault's Z.E. zero-emissions drivetrain that includes a mid-mounted electric motor and a 24kWh lithium-ion battery behind the seats.

Together, the battery and electric motor give the DeZir 110kW and 225Nm of torque, with a driving range of around 160km and an eight-hour recharge.

Designed to offer a drag coefficient of just 0.25 (identical to the 2010 Toyota Prius), Renault says the DeZir will make its way to 100km/h in just five seconds.

A temporary powerboost can also be had via a button on the steering wheel that draws on energy stored through the DeZir's KERS-like brake energy recovery system, although Renault has not offered specific power figures for this feature.

Renault has not indicated if the DeZir is merely a design study or a potential production prospect. Of course, if the upcoming Audi e-tron-based electric supercar is anything to go on, anything it possible.

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