When equipped with DDS, you can safely descend a hill at a constant low speed without braking, even if the angle is steep. This permits the driver to concentrate on steering. To switch Downhill Drive Support on, Lock Mode must be selected first and the DDS button pressed (dashboard mounted switch). Downhill Drive Support comes into operation when the vehicle is in first gear on a downhill gradient of more than 10% It enables the car to drive at a constant speed of approximately 7km/h. The driver only needs to turn the steering-wheel without touching either the brakes or accelerator. Above speeds of 25km/h the system is deactivated. The system can also be activated in reverse gear too.
The system allows you to start off on a slope without brake operation. The Uphill Start Support function prevents the vehicle rolling back down the hill. This avoids the driver having to switch rapidly from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal and assists starting on a hill The function is automatically activated when the system detects a gradient of more than 10% and when a gear is selected (even with the clutch pedal depressed). This brake is held for approximately 2 seconds, then it gradually releases This system is different to the Electric Parking Brake feature which works on all gradients, but requests that the driver pulls on the control(unless the car is stopped). Uphill Start Support also works when reversing.
The 4WD switch has 3 modes. It has 2 position selector switch (AUTO-2WD) with a rocker action to select LOCK mode. 1) Auto is the normal everyday mode. Torque transfers to the rear wheels automatically and with no driver input, as and when required. The system is predictive and based on a number of sensors and inputs from the ESP system can predict and respond to wheel spin situations. All mode 4×4-i is superior because most competitors have a system that only transfers torque after front wheels start to spin. 2) 2WD is Front Wheel Drive only – no torque is transferred to the rear wheels if the customer desires to run in 2WD mode only. 3) Lock transfers torque to the rear axle for off-road conditions at speeds up to 40km/h. Torque distribution is 50:50. As soon as the vehicle is restarted or exceeds a speed above 40km/h the 4WD returns to Auto mode. Lock can be engaged at lower speeds, evenly distributing drive between front and rear wheels to prevent loss of traction. On loose/slippery surfaces (dirt, sand, mud, snow, etc.) when wheel spin is expected, the driver can direct drive to all four wheels using 4WD lock mode, with a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear. When in Auto mode, to set Lock mode, the driver must press the button down. The 4WD lock indicator light comes on.
‘Easy Estate’ system boasts the best interior modularity of any five-seater SUV or Crossover. The folding front passenger seat makes it possible to load very long items (2600mm) With the ‘Easy state’ system the second row of seats transforms easily to make extra luggage space The 60-40 split rear bench seat folds simply without any need to access the rear doors thanks to two levers located within easy reach (one per side) The seat cushion tips forward and the seat back folds flat to allow instant access to the full load length. To fold the seats flat, pull the levers on either side of the tailgate to fold the seats flat. The seat bases fold forward and the seat backs will drop to form a flat load area. The seats are returned to the upright position by manually lifting the seat back into the upright position and folding the seat-base back. Note that there are 5 possible seat back positions to maximise load space.
The upper part of the tailgate provides the same benefits as an opening rear screen Opens easily with a soft touch release A convenient arrangement for placing small objects, or putting shopping in the luggage area for instance Convenient hand-hold makes reaching the tailgate easy The sloping rear with hinges set forward means that the total rearward extension of the tailgate is 300mm beyond the rear bumper. This makes access to the luggage area possible even when parked close-up to a wall for instance.
The Bi-Xenon headlamps with FBL (Fixed Bending Light) is a safety feature that makes a valuable contribution to driving comfort at night by improving visibility on the road by creating additional illumination to the side when turning. Xenon headlights use gas-discharge lamps and are electronically controlled. The arc unit contains a gas consisting largely of xenon, an inert gas that is ignited by high-voltage. The resulting arc is very bright and serves as an excellent light source to illuminate the road. The blue-white colour of xenon light is attributable to the fact that its spectrum is much closer to daylight than conventional halogen light. Furthermore, xenon headlights produce about twice as much light as comparable halogen headlights, and make night driving, particularly in poor weather, safer and less tiring for the driver’s eyes.
The dynamic fixed bending light adaptive light illuminates the course of the road by pivoting the headlight module to follow the twists and turns in the road. This greatly improves illumination of the road in front of the vehicle and to the sides, making it easier for the driver to anticipate the course of the road ahead.
Automatic air conditioning maintains the manually selected interior temperature at the desired level while taking the sun’s position into account. In this way it promotes the well being of the occupants. In addition, the air conditioner’s ability to dehumidify prevents the windows from fogging throughout the year. The dual zone climate control offers personalised comfort, allowing each front passenger to select their own ideal temperature. For maximum comfort the rear passengers can also adjust their ventilation. The active carbon filter provides protection from pollen, dust and odours. The temperature and blower speed selected by the driver are stored as an individual user profile on the respective ignition key when the ignition is switched off. Important details:
- Vents (in the B-pillar) offer enhanced comfort for rear passengers
- The fan speed control is located at the rear of the centre console
- The fan speed can also be operated from the front of the car, allowing the driver to have overall control
To make parking manoeuvres easier, the proximity sensors alert you at any obstacles in front or behind through sequences of beeps that get faster as you approach the object. This way the driver achieves easier parking manoeuvres, while protecting the body. An intermittent warning tone indicates how far the car is from an obstacle. As the distance decreases, the warning tone becomes faster. It first sounds when the car is 1.5 metres from the obstacle and sounds continuously when only 25 centimetres remain. The system use ultrasonic sensors that are installed at the rear as well as the front of the car. It can be switched off at the front in special situations such as stop-and go traffic, or people passing in front of the car. At the rear, the system switches on automatically when Reverse is selected.
There are 2 Renault cards available (depending on model & version). The Renault Magnetic Card and Renault hands free card. Both cards looks the same however in the case of hands free card the vehicle detects the presence of the car and unlocks as you brush past a door handle or the boot (by using the Magnetic Card you need to press the buttons located in the card to unlock the doors). To start the engine, simply press the “Start/ Stop” button whilst pressing on the brake or clutch pedal, without needing to insert the card into the reader (by using the Magnetic Card you must insert the card in the reader). To lock, simply press one of the door handles, the boot button or the card. The hands free card with battery in the sealed compartment and isolated electric circuit can still works even after falling into a puddle of water!
The anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents the wheels from locking up during braking. Even under strong braking, the car remains steerable and controllable. This can help the driver avoid an obstacle without having to release the brakes first. When ABS is activated, the driver will notice a slight pulsation of the brake pedal. The anti-lock brake system is optimised with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). However, when driving on certain surfaces like gravel or snow on a hard road surface, ABS may result in longer stopping distances.
Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and the anti-lock braking system (ABS), constitute one unit in as much as they share a number of the same parts. EBD ensures maximum braking performance at the front and rear wheels and under normal conditions it prevents the rear-end from braking away because of over-braking.
By using full brake power as quickly as possible, the Brake Assist (EBA) system reduces stopping distances. Brake assistant helps in an emergency braking situation when the driver can’t push the brake pedal hard enough. A sensor recognizes the attempt at full braking and transmits the signal calling for full brake pressure from the hydraulic booster. The advantage is clear to reduce significantly the braking distance.
ASR makes it easier to move from standstill in conditions with poor surface grip. For today’s typical high-torque engines, a form of wheel slip regulation or traction control (ASR) can increase both comfort and safety, particularly on surfaces with differing coefficients or on slippery roads. It makes smooth starts and acceleration possible through all speed ranges without wheel-spin or fishtailing.
ASR only operates in conjunction with uses components of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). If one wheel suddenly begins to rotate faster than the others (slip), ASR intervenes in the engine management system and reduces power until the wheel stops spinning. ASR improves traction and can help the driver maintain control even if the limit of adhesion is inadvertently reached while cornering.
This system is responsible to help prevent flat tyres and reduce the risk of losing road grip. A tyre pressure monitoring system oversees the specified pressure in all four tires while the car is being driven and warns the driver in the event of pressure loss or puncture with symbols in the driver information system in the instrument cluster. Constantly measures the tyres internal pressure and temperature, thanks to a sensor inside each wheels valve. The system informs the driver of the location and tyre of problem by means of a pictogram, indication lights and text messages.
The front passenger airbag can be deactivated (with dashboard indicator), manually by the driver so that you can safely fit a child seat facing backwards in the front passenger seat.
The Automatic ESP continually controls the grip of each wheel, to optimize stability on cornering, particularly on wet surfaces or with poor grip or even in situations that you need to maneuver in order prevent any accident. The electronic stability program (ESP) makes the vehicle easier to control in handling situations close to the limit. It reduces the danger of swerving and thus improves directional stability. ESP identifies the car’s intended direction and response. It applies the brakes on individual wheels, thereby generating one-sided forces that help to keep the car moving in the desired direction. The program uses the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic brake -force distribution (EBD), and the traction control (ASR) system, and is permanently active unless you manually disable it by the switch in the dashboard. However the ESP cannot override a car’s limits. If a driver pushes the possibilities of the car’s chassis and ESP too extensive, ESP cannot prevent any failure of the system.
The Hill Start Assist is automatically activated as soon as an incline of at least 10% is detected. The system prevents any backward movement for long enough to pull off without needing to use the handbrake.
The Cruise control / speed limiter allows you to set a cruising speed or a maximum speed. The cruise control is an electronic aid that keeps the car moving at a constant speed. It reduces stress on the driver particularly where speed limits must be observed, when towing a trailer and on long trips. The system stores and maintains the speed selected by the driver and the speed can be adjusted using steering wheel controls (plus & minus buttons). The set speed can also be manually increased or decreased, afterwards, if desired, the car will resume the last speed set. The cruise control can be deactivated with the “Off” switch in the dashboard or next to the Electronic parking brake (depends on the model & version), or by pressing the brake or clutch pedal. The Speed limiter prevents you from exciting the specific speed that you inserted in the system. For safety reasons, the cruise control should not be used in heavy traffic or under unfavourable road conditions (slippery, wet, etc.) and more than 30km speed.
These transversal roof bars allow you to carry up to 100kg of luggage or other accessories (Cycle carrier, ski rack or roof box). The roof rails are the basic supports for transporting items on the roof. With their help the vehicle can be used in a variety of ways when the interior has already been filled. Suitable accessories can be attached to the roof rails to attach bicycles, skis, storage boxes, surfboards and even boats securely. Because the rails themselves are aerodynamically shaped, they do not generate wind noise. The owner’s manual for the car contains information about maximum loads they can carry. The driver must remember that the handling characteristics of the car can be changed significantly depending on the weight of the load on the roof. Apart from their practical uses, the roof rails are also an attractive design element that emphasize the car’s sporty character and thereby round out the dynamic appearance of many Renault models.
To reduce the stressful effects of an impact and help keep the body in the right place, the Belts system uses dual pretensioners in the front seats, a pretensioner with load limiter in the outer rear seats, and a load limiter in the central rear seat. Load limiters are designed to reduce tightness of the belt sufficiently to relieve pressure against the thorax and shoulder. It has contributed significantly to the reduction of injuries. The most common occupant protection system today is the three-point safety belt, which holds the occupant in his or her seat and prevents the body from being subjected to uncontrolled movements and forces. The pretensioners have a lower deployment threshold than the Airbags so that they may deploy in a collision that is not enough to deploy the front airbags.
The electromechanical parking brake has little in common with a conventional handbrake. It is resistant to wear, its braking effect is permanently constant and it cannot lock. The electromechanical parking brake is activated by pulling the small electric lever on the centre console or dashboard (depending on model), which replaces the conventional handbrake lever. The parking brake is released manually when pushing the small electric level or automatically by pressing softly the acceleration pedal and releasing the clutch. It does not have to be released manually even when performing a hill start. This application helps to increase the driving pleasure with smooth start, facilitated manoeuvring and hill starts and is ideal for customers with reduced mobility.
The sunroof offers a great sensation of brightness and spaciousness. It consists of an electric sliding front panel and a fixed rear panel. Electric opening using a one-touch rotary control on a button set in the dome light console (one position for ajar setting, 3 open positions). It has an anti-pinch function for added safety, and remote closing by pressing twice on the Renault cards lock button (not available in all versions). Tinted glass panel for optimum filtering of the sun’s rays, absorbing more than 85% of the sun’s radiation (compared to 15% for normal glass). In the interior there is a sliding opaque curtain covering the entire roof surface.
ISOFIX is the name of standardized child seat anchorages used by many different manufacturers. Child seats approved by individual manufacturers are attached to the vehicle with rigid brackets. The advantages of ISOFIX are the simple attachment and the secure installation of the child seat in the car. The standardised ISOFIX anchorages are located under the outboard rear seats. Rigid attachment of the child seat to the vehicle helps to reduce the risk of injury to children. Most models with airbag deactivation, the front passenger’s seat can also be equipped with optional ISOFIX anchorages.
The main audio functions (volume, radio station search, CD player, etc…) are easy to adjust using the ergonomic controls behind the steering wheel.
If a collision should occur, the active head restraints reduce the risk of the seat occupant suffering what is known as a ‘whiplash’ injury to the upper spine or neck. When the car is struck violently from the rear, a mechanical lever system integrated into the seat back swings the head restraint forward and thus reduces its distance from the back of the seat occupant’s head.
The immobilizer is an electronic anti-theft device which prevents unauthorised starting of the engine. If the car is locked and the intruder brakes into it by any means (braking the windows, using sharp tools to open the doors, etc…) the engine will not start. The immobilizing is only cancelled if the key/card sends an authorisation code through the central locking buttons. New encryption technology protects the system against electronically copied vehicle keys. However, no system can provide 100% protection against theft. If thieves possess the necessary skill and tools they may even be able to overcome the electronic immobilizer.
Airbags reduce the risk of severe head and chest (thorax) injuries in a certain collisions. If the crash sensors on the car detect an impact that exceeds the value needed the airbags are triggered. The Airbags are triggered when the system measures a rate of vehicle acceleration or deceleration higher than the rate programmed in the safety system of the car. If the acceleration or deceleration does not exceed the system’s programmed rate, the system will not deploy. This inflates the airbags in the steering wheel and the instrument panel in front of the front-seat passenger (the front airbags) within 30 to 40 milliseconds. When inflated, these airbags absorb energy from the forward movement of the head and upper body and distribute the resulting loads over a much greater area.
The two front Airbags (Driver & Co passenger) are controlled vent comprising a 2 level pressure generator with different levels of inflation depending on the impact severity. After only 120 milliseconds, the gas escapes and the airbag collapses. Reducing the amount of relative movement between the head and neck helps to reduce injuries, but optimum protection can only be achieved if all occupants are properly wearing their seat belts. The seat Belts pretensioners and the airbags are part of a finely tuned safety system.
Side airbags for front or rear passengers (also called “thorax” airbags) deploy in the space between the upper torso and the door trim in certain side impacts. Together with a properly worn three point seat belts they reduce the load on the thorax and pelvic areas.
The lateral curtain airbags are designed to protect the font and rear passenger heads in case of side collusion.
All the Renault coupe & coupe cabriolet model have as standard a forth version of airbags which is called “anti-submarine”. The anti-submarining airbags hold the front occupant firmly in the seat to prevent submarining (sliding under the seatbelt in the even of a head on impact). This airbag is very important since the belts pretensioners were replaced in order to allow easy access to rear seats. However, this system provides exactly the same level of production identical to the hatchback pretensioners.
The variable assistance electric power steering ensures precise manoeuvring of the vehicle with minimum effort; brings extra precision and feel at the high speed, with a gradual decrease in the level of assistance which improves directional stability at the high speed. Finally facilitates parking, contributing to a high level of manoeuvrability.
Both sensors are located on the windscreen alongside the rear view mirror, these sensors activate the headlights automatically and windscreen wipers. The rain sensor activates the windscreen wipers automatically if it starts to rain or if there is any other moisture on the windscreen and adapts the wiper interval to match the amount of rain. How it works: light-emitting diodes inside the rain sensor emit an invisible infrared light which is reflected by the outside surface of the windscreen and measured by photodiodes. If the full amount of light returns to the photodiode then the windscreen is dry. A film of water or drops on the windscreen break up the light emitted. As the measuring process is permanent, the electronics can control the wiper intervals perfectly. Moreover a light sensor automatically activates the headlights when the sun goes down, or when you enter a tunnel as soon as the level of light detected by the sensor is dropping.
Extremely high yield steel with vastly superior absorption capacity, provides the driver & passengers with an unprecedented level of protection. The structure is made up of a high and very-high elastic limit sheet metal parts (HEL & VHEL) which provide optimum absorption and dissipation of kinetic energy. The front, rear and side parts act as programmed deformation zones.
A smooth gearbox, dynamic around town, quiet and with low fuel consumption on the motorway. The driver can choose between completely automatic and semi-automatic setting.
Extremely precise, the 6-speed manual gearbox provides a dynamic driving experience. The sixth speed allows you to limit fuel consumption on the motorway.
Drivers’ central mirror progressively darkens as the level of light increases to prevent dazzle. This function works as rear cars are approaching with high beam head lights.
The lights remains illuminated for two minutes after you left your vehicle to guide you in the dark.