Renault has finally unveiled the muscular and elegant silhouette of the All-New Austral which has been described by Gilles Vidal, Design director as ‘elegant and technological.’
Vidal went on to explain the thought process behind the design of the latest SUV that Renault has produced in the C-Segment offensive line-up. Whilst the design teams have embraced the hallmarks of the current line-up, they aimed to created a high-end, modern and refined vehicle.
DESIRABLE AND QUALITY DESIGN
Building on fundamental features that attract consumers to SUV models including proportions, size ratios, overhangs, wheel size and focussed on giving the shoulder lines a more muscular look. Aesthetic, sharp and modern remarkable proportions give the Austral a robust and agile feel.
Entering a new era of Renault designed vehicles, as such the lines that cross over the top of the wheel arches created a renewed sense of structure. They provide a strong, precise under current to the car’s profile. The strong, dynamic lines of Austral directly reflect Renault’s new language.
“Renault Austral combines strong stylistic elements that give it a dynamic and elegant design. Its quality is visible at first glance. We have reduced the bodywork gaps, refined the flushes so that it develops an immediate high-quality feeling” says Gilles Vidal, Renault Design Director.
Some of the trademark features of the All-New Austral include a structured crease that runs along the lower section of the body. Angled towards the front of the vehicle, it gives the silhouette a dynamic edge. Different to the more traditional horizontal lines that once ran parallel to the ground in a static manner, this is a modern language of shape that creates an illusion of motion when viewed from the side. The Austral appears to leap forwards even when stationary.
A MODERN AND TECHNOLOGICAL SUV
The front and rear lights are the most striking technological features of the Austral. The two large C-shape rear lights merge into the car’s logo and the front design offers similar eye-catching lamps and grille features. The Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric was the first to see this and the surface of the car’s logo and the front design offers uses micro-optic technology made from plexiglass, featuring lines and patterns that are engraved directly into the surface and inside of the glass. This means that when the surface is lit by LED lights, the engraved lines shine creating an identifiable and lively look.
By incorporating modern technology and desire been at the core when the All-New Austral was being designed.