It is “very likely” that Renault Concept Car Dezir midengine into production, says a high-ranking insider of the company.
The Dezire, presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show last fall, was originally developed for a new design direction for Renault on the signal system as Laurens van den Acker new design chief built.
The Dezire previews the new face of Renault, and is also said that the appearance of the next generation Clio supemini to give despite the very different silhouettes of these cars.
Nevertheless, won the great coverage of the self Dezire Renault asked seriously building. No final decision but a business case will be investigated as part of a strategy to build on the success of Renault Sport, the company sub-brand, which currently offers high-performance version of the popular Twingo, Clio and Megane hatchback.
Renault Brand Manager Beatrice Foucher believes that the Renault Sport Sub-brand strong enough to “two or three unique models in addition to the range of hot hatches, the showroom-bound Dezire would be the first.
If it makes production, Dezire will probably appear as a convertible rather than the concept car, the roof is closed, and it will probably be supplied complete with a version of the 197-hp 2.0-liter engine from the Clio Renault Sport, with power with six-speed gearbox.
Details of the core construction of the cars are not yet confirmed, but the concept is a steel-tube frame covered with Kevlar outside built up to a total weight of 1830 pounds when equipped with a battery-power generation.
There is no word on pricing, although the same high level of insider says it “will not be cheap,” discussed with a value of around $ 48,000.
Production is expected Dezire Renault factory in Dieppe, Northern France, where the company’s previous two-seater, the 1995 Renault Sport Spider, was also built to be assembled.
An electric version of the Dezire is a more distant possibility – Foucher says: “My dream is that we sell to be able EV sports car” – but it is not intended that, in the immediate plans for Renault, although parent company Renault EV launched a major initiative, which will soon see the introduction of no less than four battery-electric models.