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Mike Stevens | Sep, 17 2014 | 2 Comments

Renault has revealed a new concept that previews not the next Clio hatch, the company says, but perhaps the one after that.

Described as a “B-segment [Clio-sized] design feasible for the next decade”, the Eolab concept offers one possible look at Renault’s one-after-next-generation styling.

And, named for the Greek ‘Ruler of the Winds’ Aeolus and the concept of a rolling laboratory, the Eolab also showcases the carmaker’s latest advancements in hybrid technology.

On the styling front, the Eolab’s face represents a clear evolution of design boss Laurens van den Acker’s latest work, while the profile and rear-end are like nothing you’ll find in Renault’s current line-up.

Beneath that future-now styling lies a 55kW/95Nm 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 50kW/200Nm electric motor, the latter integrated into the clutchless three-speed transmission.

All of this is packaged into a body whose construction includes a magnesium roof and bonnet, along with ultra-thin windscreen glass - all contributing to a kerb weight of just 955kg.

That weight saving represents around 400kg of the current Clio’s kerb weight, or a Clio’s entire complement of occupants.

Renault says that all of this, along with a super aerodynamic design, results in fuel consumption figures of just 1.0 l/100km. Carbon emissions come in at a low 22g/km.

You won’t see the Eolab in a Renault showroom anytime soon, but, if you’re in town, you can check it out at the Paris Motor Show next month.

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