Renault’s latest unveiling, the Symbioz, marks a significant addition to its model range. Positioned between the Captur and Austral SUVs, this new offering integrates state-of-the-art automotive technology, versatile interiors, and modern design elements. Renault emphasizes that the name reflects themes of unity, family, and the symbiotic relationship between a vehicle and its occupants.

Measuring 4,413mm in length, 1,797mm in width, and 1,575mm in height, the Symbioz is constructed on the CMF-B platform. Its contemporary aesthetics are underscored by arrow-shaped DRLs, slim LED headlights, and a sleek blanked-off grille. At the rear, triangular-shaped LED lights and a minimalist design add to its appeal, complemented by stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.

Beneath its exterior, the Symbioz houses the brand’s E-Tech Full Hybrid 145 system as the sole powertrain option. This configuration, comprising a 1.6L four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors, and a 1.2kWh battery, delivers a combined output of 145hp. Starting consistently in all-electric mode enables silent city driving and enhances fuel efficiency.

Inside, the Symbioz offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, equipped with up to 24 contemporary driving aids to ensure passenger safety and convenience. The dashboard features a portrait-oriented 10.4-inch touchscreen hosting Renault’s Google-based OpenR Link infotainment system. With the rear seats adjustable by 160mm, the SUV provides up to 221mm of knee room and expands its boot capacity from 492 liters to a generous 624 liters, which further extends to 1,582 liters with the 60:40 split seats folded flat. The top-tier model boasts a Solarbay sunroof with automatically tinting electrochromic glass.

Bookings for the Symbioz hybrid SUV are set to open in July, with Renault yet to disclose the pricing details. However, industry expectations suggest a starting price around £30,000 (approx Rs 1.05 crore).