Renault Morphoz Concept Foretells Brand's Electric Future
3 March 2020 - motor1
It's the personal and shareable electric Renault of the future.
The cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show can't stop Renault from unveiling its new concept car. Dubbed the Morphoz, the study comes to preview the company's electric future in both short-term and long-term aspects.
The show car takes the shape of a crossover, or rather a mix of an SUV, a sedan, and a four-door coupe, with short overhangs and a sloped roofline. It is based on the automaker's CMF-EV modular electric platform, which allows for several different configurations of power, capacity and range, and "habitability and trunk volume."
Yes, you read that right - the Morphoz can change its physical dimensions and transform into one of two versions - City and Travel, with the latter obviously being the longer and spacious of the two. Renault even says the concept provides "a personalized adaptation to the needs, desires and uses of each person."
All you need to do to unlock the vehicle is to wave, which opens its opposite-facing doors with no B pillars. Once you are inside the cabin, you can configure the car's seat layout to better adapt to the needs of your next journey. The interior uses a selection of recycled materials.
The concept comes equipped with technologies enabling it to offer Level 3 of autonomous driving. Put simply, the driver can release the steering wheel and hand over control of the vehicle to the self-driving system in a number of defined situations and on authorized roads, such as motorways or in traffic jams. It still requires the driver to be able to take back control in a few seconds in the event of potential hazards.
Depending on the version, different battery packages provide between 249 and 435 miles between two charges. Renault envisions the Morphoz as both a personal and a sharable electric vehicle.
"Bold in its modularity, innovative in its design, human-centric through its ability to facilitate sharing and exchange, the Morphoz concept perfectly embodies the new Livingtech philosophy of Renault's design," Laurens van den Acker, design director at Renault, comments. "Technology in all its forms - design, on-board intelligence, connectivity, interior layout - serves a new travel experience for all vehicle users. From the everyday to the weekend and holiday experience. The Morphoz concept is a truly living experience."
Take a look at the press release section below for more details.