The compact, new Wind coupé convertible from Renault is set to wow crowds at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but we can bring you a sneak preview.
Details on the Renault Wind are so far scarce. But, at just 3.83 metres long, it looks something like a compressed Lotus Elise, and it features a highly innovative roof mechanism.
Clever, practical convertible roof
The Renault Wind has a single piece hard-top that flips backwards over a pivot to tuck away under the rear boot lid. It’s not a totally new idea, Ferrari did something similar with a limited edition 575M called the Superamerica in 2005.
The roof is clever, not only for its mechanical simplicity, but also because it means boot space remains the same whether it is up or down – a reasonable 270 litres. The Wind takes just 12 seconds to transform from coupé to roadster.
Practical for everyday use
Renault tells us the Wind is designed to be ‘distinctive and compact, but also convertible and practical for everyday use’. Renault also claims it will be ‘affordable’, but that’s as far as the initial information goes.
We can, however, speculate that it will be available with a range of small, efficient petrol and diesel engines – certainly expect Renault’s 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbodiesels.
A version may follow, perhaps powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, or the naturally aspirated 1.6 unit from the .
We’ll bring you more details about the Renault Wind when it’s unveiled at Geneva.
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