September 29, 2023

The Renault Espace lives on, nevertheless it’s now not a folks mover.

You might argue the fifth-generation mannequin wasn’t a folks mover both, due to jacked up experience top and crossover styling, nevertheless it retained the mannequin’s signature closely raked windscreen and entrance quarter home windows forward of the doorways.

Each of those parts are gone now. The sixth-generation Espace is actually a stretched model of the Austral crossover.

The 2 automobiles have the identical front-end design, windscreen, and entrance doorways. The Espace advantages from an extended wheelbase, lengthened rear doorways, better rear overhang, and a extra upright tailgate.

Whereas the Austral is a strictly a five-seat automobile, the Espace might be bought in each five- and seven-seat variations. Not like earlier Espaces, the third-row doesn’t look comfy for anybody aside from small children.

The Espace is 4722mm lengthy, 1843mm huge, 1645mm tall, and rides on a 2738mm wheelbase. The means it’s 61mm longer, and has a 71mm longer wheelbase than the Austral.

It is usually 152mm shorter, and rides on a 146mm shorter wheelbase than the outgoing fifth-generation Espace.

Due to the additional area out again, the five-seat Espace has extra boot area (581L) than the Austral (500L). The seven-seat mannequin’s boot can match 477L value of stuff when the third row is down, and simply 159L when it’s in use.

Predictably, many of the inside, together with the dashboard, is carried straight over from the Austral.

High-spec fashions have a 12.3-inch instrumentation display, a 12.0-inch portrait-oriented infotainment touchscreen, and 9.3-inch head-up show.

Accessible options embrace 12-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, 48-colour ambient lighting setup, and four-wheel steering.

On the security entrance the Espace might be specified with 360-degree view digital camera system, matrix LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking, lane preserving help, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise management with cease and go performance, parking help, and rear cross site visitors alert.

At launch the Espace will solely be accessible with a 146kW E-Tech Hybrid drivetrain that includes a 96kW/205Nm 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a 50kW/205Nm electrical drive motor, and a secondary 25kW/50Nm secondary motor to start out the engine and assist shift gears. The electrical motors are linked as much as 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s doubtless gentle hybrid drivetrains will be a part of the vary in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.

Whereas the Espace can lay declare to being Europe’s first folks mover, the phase has been shrinking for over a decade, with car-based rivals, just like the Volkswagen Sharan and Ford Galaxy, are exiting or have already exited the scene.

These days, the European folks mover scene is dominated by a passenger variations of in style vans.

The brand new Espace will probably be constructed alongside the shorter Austral in Renault’s manufacturing facility in Palencia, Spain. Though the Austral is offered in right-hand drive, the Espace gained’t be bought within the UK.