Renault Modus

Renault Modus
Renault Modus front 20080530.jpg
Also calledRenault Grand Modus
AssemblyValladolid, Spain (Renault Spain)
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M)
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformAlliance B platform
RelatedRenault Clio
Nissan Cube
Nissan Note
Engine1.2 L 16-valve I4 (petrol)
1.2 L 16-valve TCe I4 (petrol)
1.4 L 16-valve I4 (petrol)
1.6 L 16-valve I4 (petrol)
1.5 L dCi I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase2,482 mm (97.7 in) (Modus)[1]
2,575 mm (101.4 in) (Grand Modus)[2]
Length3,792 mm (149.3 in) (Modus)
4,034 mm (158.8 in) (Grand Modus)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,590 mm (62.6 in)
SuccessorRenault Captur
Renault Scénic IV

The Renault Modus was a mini MPV produced by the French manufacturer Renault from August 2004 to December 2012, in Valladolid, Spain. The production version is very similar to the concept car of the same name, which was presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It is essentially a taller version of the Clio III and, as such, shared its platform and much of its engine range with the third generation of the Clio.

A larger wheelbase version was produced as the Renault Grand Modus. Originally marketed as "a higher-range alternative to the Twingo and Clio", it aimed to provide the practicality and versatility of the larger Renault Scénic in a smaller footprint. The Clio platform that spawned the Modus also gave rise to the current Nissan Micra and its monospace relative, the Nissan Note.

In February 2012, Renault discontinued the Modus, Espace, Kangoo, Laguna, and Wind lines in the United Kingdom.[3]

Design features

Renault Modus facelift (2007)
Renault Grand Modus, launched in 2008, has a larger wheelbase than the Modus

Marketed as the Triptic System, the Modus' rear seats are mounted on sliding rails with four preset positions. When in the rearmost two positions the seats are configured for two people with increased leg, hip and shoulder room. When in the forward positions they are configured for three passengers, increasing cargo capacity.

Another seat based feature of Modus is the "Stay Put" system. The base of the front passenger seat flips up to reveal a storage compartment. An optional feature of the Modus is a boot chute, a drop down opening in the centre of the tailgate below the rear window.

A facelifted Modus was launched in Europe in 2007, featuring colour coded bumpers on all versions, clear Perspex 'glass' indicator bezels, revised side door mouldings and updated interior trim on all specification levels.


Soon after, in February 2008, a restyled Modus and new the Grand Modus were launched. Also that year, the Grand Modus replaced the Modus in Spain. The Grand Modus has an extended length of 4,034 mm (158.8 in) and a boot volume of 410 litres (0.41 m3 (0.54 cu yd)) below the parcel shelf.

This restyle saw changes made to the front and rear of the standard model to match the styling of the newer Grand variant. The boot chute has been removed from the options list.

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