Renault EZ-Ultimo concept previews luxury car of the future

The Renault EZ-Ultimo concept has been revealed as part of the brand's 120th birthday celebrations at Paris

Renault is marking its 120th anniversary with the debut of the EZ-Ultimo concept, which has been officially revealed at this week’s Paris Motor Show

It’s Renault’s third concept car in a series of vehicles designed to preview the French firm’s vision of how autonomous vehicles will look and operate in the future.

Renault EZ-GO concept van previews the future delivery tech

The EZ-Ultimo is a showcase for how autonomous vehicles could operate in the luxury segment. Rather than being owned by a single user, the EZ-Ultimo would be owned by a business, such as a hotel or taxi firm, who would then sell on the use of the vehicle for a specific purpose.

At 5,800mm long the EZ-Ultimo as large as a Rolls-Royce Phantom, but lower than a MINI. Speaking with Auto Express, Renault design director Laurens Van Den Acke, empathised how design will play an increasingly pivotal role with autonomous vehicles. 

“A lot of people said when we began to design autonomous vehicles that design would be dead – we'll be driving around in things that need to be cheap,” he told us. “Once every manufacturer is doing the same thing what becomes the differentiator? If the functionality is the same, design is going to make the difference. It gives me hope because the experience we offer and our design will become that differentiator.”

The cabin has been designed to feel like a lounge and has seating for three; a large, backwards-facing armchair and deep bench are trimmed in green velvet. The floor of the cabin, beneath which the car’s battery sits, is made from American walnut, while the surfaces are made from 30mm thick marble. 

Based on a new electric platform, the EZ-Ultimo is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which drives the front wheels through an electric motor. Because of the car’s proportions four-wheel steering has been fitted to increase agility and reduce the car’s turning circle. Renault has not stated the concept’s power output or range. 

Although previewing a future in the luxury segment Van Den Acker told us it is not an area that Renault will focus on: "Lets be honest we will not be a premium brand that is not our ambition because in order to be premium you have to be premium everywhere from Audi A1 up to Audi Q8,” he told us. “Generally we’d like to have a few vehicles in the high end that could complete.”

Click here for all the latest from the 2018 Paris Motor Show...

Recommended

New Renault 5 due in 2023 priced from £18,000 to £26,500
Renault 5 EV concept - front
Renault

New Renault 5 due in 2023 priced from £18,000 to £26,500

The new electric Renault 5 is coming and boss Luca De Meo says it will follow the original's budget pricing as well as its design
27 Jan 2021
Renault reveals new Mobilize car-sharing mobility brand with new concept
Mobilize EZ-1 - front
Renault

Renault reveals new Mobilize car-sharing mobility brand with new concept

Mobilize - the new wing of the Renault group - aims to generate 50 per cent of revenues by 2030 and reveals Citroen Ami-rivalling urban runaround call…
14 Jan 2021
Restructured Renault, Dacia and Alpine brands to launch into new segments 
Renault reveal
News

Restructured Renault, Dacia and Alpine brands to launch into new segments 

Electric revolution at Renault, plus larger Dacia models confirmed, Alpine sub-branding for hot Renaults and electric Alpines too
14 Jan 2021
‘The reveal of the Renault Megane eVision is hugely significant for the brand’
Renault

‘The reveal of the Renault Megane eVision is hugely significant for the brand’

Deputy editor John McIlroy thinks Renault’s new boss Luca de Meo has a tough task ahead, but hit the mark with the new all-electric Renault Megane eVi…
21 Oct 2020

Most Popular

Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car
UK Motorway
News

Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car

Cars could feed data to the EU every second they are being driven; rules could also force hybrids into EV mode, while MoT test results could be affect…
5 Mar 2021
UK-based Arrival reveals electric panel van with modular battery system
Arrival electric van
News

UK-based Arrival reveals electric panel van with modular battery system

Arrival’s electric van will hit UK roads this summer, with a modular battery pack and maximum payload of almost two tonnes
5 Mar 2021
Hyundai Tucson vs Lexus NX
Hyundai Tucson vs Lexus NX
Car group tests

Hyundai Tucson vs Lexus NX

Can the new Hyundai Tucson compete against the Lexus NX in the premium SUV sector?
6 Mar 2021