The panoramic windshield is continued by an almost completely transparent roof. And this is not only a demonstration of technological capabilities, but, as the creators of the machine hint, a symbol of blurring borders. First of all, between the outside world and the car interior. But not only.
In three quarters, Altika looks like a classic sports coupe - with a long hood and expressive headlights. By the way, they are a separate work of engineering. Polycarbonate glass - in thousands of tiny cuts. This provides an effect called halo astronomers: spots around the sun or moon created by the light refracted by the smallest ice crystals. And when the driver turns on the direction indicator, the orange color is scattered throughout the huge headlamp.
A striking sign of a sports car is the opening doors. They are not only a tribute to fashion: it is more convenient to sit in a low body with swinging "wings". Interior details, in particular devices on an adjustable console, according to the designers of Renault, should be associated with the cockpit of a Formula 1 car. The pedal assembly is also adjustable, also with an electric drive. And the armrest itself will take the optimal place, hardly a driver … that is, the driver will take a comfortable position behind the wheel.
Have you sat? Then we will examine the car more carefully. In profile, especially from behind, it is more likely a station wagon, and quite roomy. Folding two rear seats, you get 1300 liters of volume. Of course, in the trunk there are belts for securing cargo. And the Renault is full of smaller containers - from a drawer in the armrest to a pallet in the floor.
We continue to erase the boundaries between the sports coupe and the family wagon. The dashboard has two modes - comfortable and sporty. In the first, the main indications are the speed at which you drive and the permitted speed. It is worth exceeding the last, the device blushes. Shame on you? In sport mode, in addition to the speedometer, the driver will see a tachometer and a boost pressure gauge. By no means useless information for a 4.27 m lightweight car equipped with a 177-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine.
Yes, compression-ignition engines also crossed borders a long time ago and got along well with sports cars. Agree, 380 N.m already at 2000 rpm, 7.5 s to 100 km / h - very solid indicators. Especially considering the average fuel consumption of 5.3 l / 100 km.
To improve the aerodynamics on the roof, Renault-Altika made complex cuts. Thanks to them, air resistance is noticeably reduced and downforce is increased.