Korea: Renault offers country’s sole two-seater multipurpose SUV with LPG option
Renault Korea Motors has recently patented a technology that it has proudly embedded in its products. The innovation involves placing the car’s LPG “donut” tank beneath the trunk where spare tires are typically stored, fixed to the side beam, not the vehicle’s floor
Due to this, noise and vibration generated from the large surface area are greatly reduced. The tank’s location also prevents the interior entry of the fuel pump noise and is safer as the tank is detached from the vehicle’s body, minimising impact.
Renault Korea Motors has integrated the technology into two of its models, the SM6, a midsize sedan, and the QM6, a midsize SUV. Now, the company also showcased a derivative product featuring its donut tank mounting technology, the QM6 Quest.
With the bold removal of the car’s backrow, the new two-seater SUV has a capacious load space of 1,413 litres (373 gallons). This spaciousness is widely appreciated by those who enjoy leisure activities requiring large equipment as well as small business owners.
Were it not for the donut tank mounting technology removing the bulky metal tank from the trunk, this generous load space would not be possible even if the backrow was removed. The ground-breaking idea enabled customers to experience Korea’s sole two-seater multipurpose SUV.
In addition to its ample space and reasonable fuel expense, the QM6 Quest also offers the added benefit of tax advantages. When customers who previously drove diesel cars opt for the eco-friendly Autogas QM6 Quest 2.0 LPe model, they can receive a subsidiary of up to 9 million won (USD 6,716).
With Autogas garnering attention as an environmentally-friendly fuel, the sales volume of LPG-powered cars has increased. Additionally, LPG cars are catching up with their petrol counterparts in terms of acceleration, thanks to advancements in engine technology.
Source: Korea JoongAng Daily
27 September 2023