Did the cohabitation of two Méganes in the Losange catalog, one thermal and the other 100% electric, sow confusion in your mind? No worries. In a few months, the one using fossil fuels will simply be retired, without direct descendants, thus leaving the field open to the Peugeot 308 and other Volkswagen Golfs in the compact segment. To overcome this, Renault will rely on a new form of crossover called Symbioz.
From the eccentric concept to a more pragmatic reality
If this name is not unknown to us, it refers, not to a production model, but to that of a very large, 100% electric premium sedan concept car, which appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, and which unfortunately will not experience any serial application. At least, with regard to its positioning, some of its technologies having appeared on board production Renaults in recent years. By opting for this surname, the former Régie is promising us, in a way, the arrival of a “good for everything” car.
There’s more to life than just electricity
And above all to replace a multitude of thermal models which have not or will not be replaced directly. In addition to the Mégane sedan, for the new Symbioz it will also be a question of renewing, to a certain extent, the short version of the previous Scenic, the latter having recently made the bet of 100% electric, even if it means sacrificing the habitability DNA and modularity which forged the myth of its predecessors.
The right slider, in terms of size
Renault having unfortunately given up on the deployment of multi-energy platforms, unlike Stellantis, it is impossible for it to convert its new electric Mégane and Scenic to thermal. It is therefore up to the technical base of the Renault Captur to bring Symbioz to life, taking care to lengthen the wheelbase and the rear overhang of the urban SUV to gain 18 cm in length and reach 4.41 m, i.e. The exact size of the previous Scenic, and 6 cm better than the thermal Mégane which will leave the catalog in the coming months.
A long capture
By observing the first images delivered by Renault in the form of teasers, we learn several lessons. First of all, it appears that the Symbioz will benefit from the expected developments on the bow of the restyled Captur, thanks to a brand new hood/optics/grille/shield assembly, while the entire front cabin (wings and front doors) will be renewed. The lengthening of the wheelbase, on the other hand, encouraged its designers to create new rear doors, as well as a 100% new stern. This is not the case for the passenger compartment, as confirmed by the Chinese shadow cutout of the dashboard, entirely inherited from the Captur. However, its multimedia environment should deeply update its copy to embed the latest generation of the OpenR Link system running under Google environment.
No plug-in hybridization
Finally, Symbioz already promises to include the 145 hp full-hybrid unit already present on board the Clio, Captur and Arkana, unlike its 160 hp plug-in hybrid variant, which was once hoped for. It remains to be seen the extent of the modularity parameters of its interior. To do things well, let’s hope that a sliding bench seat will be included in the trip. We will know within a few weeks, the reveal of Renault Symbioz being planned for the spring before marketing probably in the summer, or even next fall.
To sum up
It’s official, the new family variant of the urban SUV will have a completely different name. Discover the first characteristics about it.
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