The quality built into the All-new Renault Austral, which was revealed this March, goes far beyond the choice of materials and the state-of-the-art on-board technology. Each detail was scrutinised to push the envelope further than ever. Olivier, an expert in perceived quality, explains the work he carried out on one of the emblematic interior design features in the first SUV of Renault’s Nouvelle Vague: its sliding hand rest – and what makes sliding it so exciting.
The first thing that strikes you when you slip into the All-new Austral’s high-tech cockpit is the harmony. The next thing that catches your eye is the mesmerising OpenR screen that wakes up with its welcoming sounds. The third stylish feature you can’t miss is a designer unit in the automatic-transmission versions: an ergonomic, sliding hand rest. It guides your hand into exactly the right position to use the multimedia screen and the “piano” buttons beneath it. But the feeling when you handle this moving rest is something else. Olivier told us how he made that happen.