The new Espace marks the 30th anniversary of this successful model, which was first introduced in 1984, pioneering the one-box vehicle layout in Europe.
To adapt to the recent trends and evolving market needs, the fifth generation Espace adopts a “crossover” style that loses the distinctive single line defining the profile of the nose and windscreen.
The design is largely based upon the Initiale Paris Concept revealed a year ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and is characterized by fluid lines and curved shapes with the typical surface treatment of the flanks adopted on all new Renault models.
Compared with the Initiale Paris, the new Espace maintained most of the design elements, including the proportions, the face, rear end, and the overall surfacing, with the distinctive, dynamic shape of the DLO graphics.
As expected, the production version lost all the “futuristic” and concept-esque details – from the textured roof, grilles, wheels and trims, to the side-view cameras.
The portal-like door opening system has been also left out in favor of a conventional front-hinged door layout.
Like previous generations of the model, the new Espace features a brightly-lit, comfortable and modular interior – available in five or seven seats layout – with a floating centre console.
For the debut of the new Espace at the Paris Show, Renault and its partners Publicis Conseil and DigitasLBi have created an original digital presentation package which combines both video and 3D elements that will provide internet users with an immersive experience as they discover the new Espace’s interior and exterior designs in successive phases.
There are no plans for the New Espace to be sold in right hand drive markets.