Renault Sand’up Concept

Concept Cars 29 Oct 2008
Renault Sand’up Concept

Designed by Renault Design America Latina, the Sand’up Concept is a modular 2+2 coupé based on the Sandero Stepway model that combines open-air driving with pickup practicality. It was presented at the Sao Paulo Motor Show.


Renault Sand'Up ConceptConveived at Renault Design America Latina, Renault’s design center in Brazil,
the Sand’up Concept car was revealed at the 2008 Sao Paulo Motor Show on 27th October.

The Concept is based on Sandero Stepway, an “urban sport” vehicle
launched in Brazil in October 2008.

Sand’up Concept is a modular 2+2 coupé that transforms from coupé to cabriolet to pickup.

It is based on Sandero Stepway – an “urban sport” vehicle marketed in Brazil and
Argentina – and features two distinctive aluminum roof rail arches that stretch from the
front of the roof to the tail lights.

Renault Sand'Up Concept - Side viewWith the rear bench folded down, Sand’up Concept
turns into a pick-up. It can also be transformed into a coupé by fitting a red hard top on
the roof rails.

Concept

The designers of Renault Design America Latina have been influenced by the pick-up
market and the “sport chic” trend, both very important in Brazil.

The purchase of a
pick-up vehicle is essentially emotional and irrational in Brazil; customers are mainly
drawn by the look of the pick-up. The Brazilians are interested in “sport chic” vehicles,
expressing a sporty, urban and young attitude.

Renault Sand'Up Concept - Front view Renault Sand'Up Concept - Rear view

Design

Renault Sand'Up ConceptSand’up Concept’s reflective gray paintwork underlines its robust nature while an array of red inserts accentuate its sporty side.

A red bumper-integrated nudge bar tells the concept car apart from Sandero Stepway at
the front.

red also features at the back, this time in the shape of a skid plate,
pierced by two trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

A further red touch is the edging
running the length and breadth of the car and separating it into two parts.

The flowing
design
of the upper part contrasts with the more robust forms below (emphatic wheel
arches, side sills and 18-inch aluminum wheel rims).

The five-spoked rims marry gloss
black with the lead gray of the graphite and the red of the brake calipers to give Sand’up
Concept a resolutely sporty air, enhanced by the black masks on the front and rear
lights.

Renault Sand'Up ConceptThe cabin features
two shades of gray that generate movement and contrast. These dominant tones are
balanced with touches of red, as on the seat backs. Aluminum inserts on the air
vents and seats also repeat the refined-yet-sporty theme.

Sand’up Concept is transformed easily into a coupé by manually attaching the hard-top
roof using solid anchor points: particular attention
was paid to blending the design of the hard top and the vehicle body.

Features

In pick-up mode, a mechanism
lengthens the cargo bed by up to 40 cm to accommodate a range of objects. The load
area can thus be extended to 1.7 meters and boasts a payload of 500 kg, for
transporting scooters, jet skis, bikes and surfboards.

The cargo bed can be closed using
a stiff black cover to protect against the weather. In addition, the rear of
the vehicle is accessed via a split-opening "clamshell" system that is also found on
Renault Koleos.

Renault Sand'Up ConceptAt the rear, the tail lights use LEDs instead of conventional bulbs to boost nighttime
visibility.

On the sides, traditional rearview mirrors have been replaced by two small cameras. The
images they capture are displayed on a trapezoidal LCD screen mounted on the
dashboard alongside a GPS.

For easier vehicle access, the doors open gull-wing style using an electro-hydraulic
system similar to that on Laguna Coupé Concept.

The doors are made entirely of
transparent glass, giving driver and passengers remarkable lateral vision and flooding
the cabin with light.

Renault Sand'Up Concept Renault Sand'Up Concept

The bucket seats at the
front slide back and forth on rails. Two small suitcases fitted into the backs of the front
seats can be removed and used as overnight bags.

Sand’up Concept – Technical specifications

Renault Sand'Up ConceptDimensions:

  • Length 4,100 mm
  • Width (without mirrors) 1,800 mm
  • Height 1,620 mm
  • Rear bed length (normal) 1,300 mm
  • Rear bed length (extended) 1,700 mm
  • Rear bed capacity:
    Normal or extended 500 kg

Powertrain and Performances

  • Engine:Biofuel (alcohol and/or gasoline),
    1.6 litres, four cylinders, 16 valves
  • Maximum output 107 hp (gas.) / 112 hp (alc.) @ 5,750 rpm
  • Maximum torque 148 Nm (gas.) / 152 Nm (alc.) @ 3,750
    rpm
  • Acceleration, 0 to 100 km/h 10.6 s (gasoline) / 10.5 s (alcohol)

Renault Sand'up ConceptPartner companies:

  • Du Pont do Brasil S/A
  • Akzo Nobel Ltda
  • Indústria de Tintas e Vernizes Paumar S/A
  • 3M do Brasil Ltda
  • Aunde Brasil S/A
  • Faurecia Automotive do Brasil Ltda
  • CGA Auto Partes

(Source: Renault)

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