2008 Renault Ondelios Concept

2008 Renault Ondelios Concept

Yet another surreal hybrid concept is making its way to the 2008 Paris motor show. Say hello to the Ondelios, Renault's vision of a luxury crossover of the future.

That vision apparently calls for a business jet on wheels. Never mind the blocky exterior (which, at 0.29 cD, is surprisingly aerodynamic); once passengers step through the large gullwing doors and inside the vehicle, they'll find themselves within an interior that simultaneously draws inspiration from both a Gulfstream V and the Starship Enterprise.

While the translucent dashboard and whiz-bang lighting do their part to implicate the future, six bucket seats, cantilevered from the center of the Ondelios, is fully adjustable and includes a footrest for comfort.

Beneath the gimmickry and luxury lies a hybrid powertrain system that, although new to Renault, isn't that far-fetched. At the heart of the Ondelios is a 205-hp version of Renault's 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4, coupled to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Renault adds a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors to that powertrain, making it a parallel hybrid. One motor at the rear axle allows the Ondelios to become an all-wheel-drive vehicle when needed, while one at the front provides a boost under hard acceleration.

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