The fast, comfortable TX was the culmination of the Renault 16 range, which revolutionised the motoring world with its hatchback design.
Both modern and comfortable
Renault 16 came as a bombshell when it first appeared in January 1965. The startlingly modern hatchback format, all the more original on a car in this category, brought unprecedented versatility, with different seat configurations transforming the car effortlessly into anything from a family saloon to an estate car. As so often happens, Renault’s lead would very soon attract a host of imitators. As well as taking a step forward in comfort, with long-stroke suspension systems, Renault 16 also introduced technical innovations like a diecast aluminium engine.
A trailblazing touring car, a true “<i>voiture à vivre</i>”
The emphasis on innovation continued with the TS version, which delighted motorists with a power upgrade and upmarket features like electric windows. But the highlight in the splendid career of Renault 16 came in 1973 with the TX, which offered still higher power, a five-speed gearbox, four iodine headlamps, a rear roof spoiler and even more luxurious equipment.