Frankfurt — French automaker Renault is taking the whole "the car as an extension of your living room" concept to all new levels.
For its Symbioz concept car — featuring carbon fiber body panels and wheels and polycarbonate on the upper body — Renault not only unveiled an interior that mimics the materials used in the house, it created an entire house to go with it.
The Symbioz, which pictures what Renault customers will want in 2030, is designed to be parked inside the nearly 1,300-square-foot house, or even be raised to the roof level.
"We asked ourselves, How can we connect all the elements that are in your daily life, and how can we turn them into one connected, fluid ecosystem, where you can move from your house to your car to your work?" Laurens van den Acker, Renault Group's design chief, said during the automaker's Sept. 12 news conference at the Frankfurt auto show.
The Symbioz showcases connected and autonomous driving features that will be available on future models, Renault said said in a statement. It also highlights plastics as an alternative material in some high-profile areas.
Rather than simply a design exercise on a show stand, the Symbioz is presented as an ecosystem consisting of a house and an autonomous, electric and connected car that nestles into the home's interior.
"We are exploring other ways to help people enjoy traveling time," Renault's Chief Competitive Officer Thierry Bollore said as he revealed the concept. "We are showing what the world will be in 2030 for our customer."
The Symbioz is a large monospace car, with a length of 4.7 meters (15.4 feet) and a width of almost 2 meters (6.5 feet). It draws some of its inspiration from the first-generation Renault Espace minivan.
Renault says its design reflects the company's French heritage, with flowing lines and a dynamic stance. The bronze-colored carbon fiber body panels have a matte finish at the front and transitions to a glossy finish at rear. Wheels with carbon fiber spokes are meant to resemble those of a modern racing bicycle.