The new Renault Wind was showcased earlier this year and more details have since emerged. Renault are marketing the Wind as a fun, funky, compact run-around 2 seater coupe-roadster. Which is quite a combination but Renault feel like the Wind should fit in perfectly in their list of models between the Clio and the Twingo.
Funky fun drive for new Renault WindObviously the Wind's biggest drawing point is the electric powered roof system which can open in just 12 seconds. Much effort has been made to keep the car small, light and yet still obviously good looking with some pace on the side. The new Renault Wind comes in two engine types; the TCe 100 and a 1.6 16V 133hp variant. Renault note that the Wind has the best weight to body rigidity ratio in a coupe roadster, which provides a smooth ride, low CO2 emissions and increased fuel economy.
Another motivation for Renault when making the Wind, was they felt that "wind in the hair" driving should just be reserved for the luxury segment and sports cars. The new Renault Wind is however still made with function in mind, including the boot space which is equal in size to the Renault Clio. Renault have said that part of the lure of the Wind as a compact coupe-roadster was it's price and keeping it affordable, else it would have lost it's competitive edge. Renault haven't announced it's expected price yet or if it will be released in South Africa but we wait and see.
The new Renault Wind will go on sale in the United Kingdom in July this year and later in the rest of Europe.