Renault Avantime – middle-class car produced by Renault in the years 2001-2003.
In 1998, Renault and Matra with the company formed a partnership aimed at developing a new model to link characteristics of a van and coupé. The premiere of the Renault Avantime took place at the International Geneva Motor Show in March 1999. Series production began in early 2001, the company Matra factories in Romorantin-Lanthenay.
Avantime’a design was based on the floorpan used in the Renault Espace III generation. Used to drive one of three engines: a turbocharged R4 codenamed trading 2.0 Turbo, naturally aspirated V6 with a capacity of 2.9 dm ³ and 2.2 dCi turbodiesel. Power was transferred to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.
Avantime Coupe is the first car with a range of luxury vehicles, which ultimately had to consist of three models (Avantime, Vel Satis and Espace successor model) – it represents an unprecedented concept car. Model Avantime does not replace any previously manufactured and offered in a range of Renault cars. It goes beyond the limits and canons, which have become the market by offering innovative design, providing a unique pleasure ride and comfort of use.
Modern design is accompanied by a bold design that clearly distinguishes Avantime from the proposals of competition. Two doors, the line of the body and definitely masculine character of the interior Avantime clearly indicate the characteristics of a typical coupé, but the shapes are far from classical forms.
Due to the low demand for this model was discontinued in May 2003 after manufacture 8557 units.