In the early 1970s, the Renault mid-range was represented by Renault 12. To complete the brand’s range, all that was missing was a hatchback, the trademark of Renault since it launched Renault 4, then Renault 16, in the 1960s. This gap was filled in 1976 by Renault 14, memorably nicknamed the “pear”.
Renault 14 was one of the very first cars produced using CAD. Another first: it was the first car to have built-in rearview mirrors in the corners of the front windows, extending out from the wings. In addition, this hatchback was the first Renault car to feature an engine in the transverse position (shared with Peugeot!); this layout was later adopted on Renault 9.
The transverse engine was one of the main innovations of Renault 14. This engine block, shared with Peugeot 104, saved a great deal of space, in turn improving the spaciousness (“minimum room for the engine, maximum comfort”). This 1st Renault compact was as roomy as Renault 16 (but 24 cm longer). Besides its spaciousness, Renault 14 also focused on comfort (with independent suspension), modularity (thanks to the tailgate), interior usability and passive safety.
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Throughout its marketing, Renault 14 was available in L, Renault 14, TL, GTL and TS versions. The best equipped, most powerful version was the TS, launched in 1979. This version welcomed in electromagnetic door locking and electric front windows, a first in this category. In addition, Renault 14 TS started out with the 1,218 cm³ engine pushed to 69 hp, before increasing to 1,360 cm³ in 1980.
AROUND 1 MILLION UNITS
- Performance and engine
top speed: 157 kph
4 in-line cylinders, positioned transversally
from 1,218 cm³ to 1,360 cm³ / 57 hp to 70 hp
- dimensionsLength 4,02 mWidth 1,62 mHeight 1,4 m
powertrain shared with Peugeot, in the transverse position
rear suspension derived from Renault 5, adapted to the dimensions and weight of Renault 14
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