As the curtain was drawn back to unveil the all-new Espace, we were momentarily taken aback and found ourselves momentarily at a loss for words. We were aware of its impending arrival, yet the sight of it transforming into an SUV still came as a shock. But of course, Renault, being a rational entity, knew what they were doing. For five generations, beginning with Renault’s unveiling of the first generation in 1983, the Espace had been Europe’s most recognizable MPV. However, in contemporary times, the Multi-Purpose Vehicle has lost its appeal. Consequently, the all-new Espace will henceforth sit high on its legs.
Despite this significant transformation, many features have remained the same. The Espace is still Renault’s most extensive model and will soon grace the showroom floor. The latest version can still comfortably accommodate five or seven individuals. Although it is 14 cm shorter than its predecessor, measuring 4.72 meters in length, the passenger cabin is now more spacious. In the back seat, three children can effortlessly sit side by side, while the sliding rear seat permits taller passengers to stretch their legs.
Renault Espace 2023 Price
Behold the announcement of the illustrious Renault Espace 2023, with its price point commencing at a noteworthy €27,400. This avant-garde vehicle is a testament to the prodigious engineering that has been invested in its design and development.
Boasting an assortment of cutting-edge features, the Renault Espace 2023 epitomizes the epitome of automotive luxury. From its sleek and suave exterior to its refined and opulent interior, this vehicle is a true exemplar of elegance and sophistication.
The third row of seats is solely suitable for children. Adults may be able to endure a brief ride to the railway station. All seats have tensioners on the seat belts, touch-controlled ceiling lamps, and USB-C connections. Even at the back, kids can power their tablets. On long drives to camping in the south of Europe, these electrical outlets are worth their weight in gold.
Renault takes immense pride in the one-square-meter panoramic roof on the optional features list. With a length of 1.33 meters and a width of 84 centimeters, the glass roof provides unobstructed views for passengers in all three rows of seats, allowing them to enjoy additional light. The glass features an inside coating that filters UV radiation and most infrared rays and reflects most heat. In the sterile Parisian studio, overlooking a white ceiling, the rooftop already leaves a significant impression, indicating that it will be a hit.
The 4CONTROL system is another option worth considering. It is the third generation of all-wheel steering created by Renault. Typically, this type of system is only available on high-end German cars, but Renault offers it extensively on the Austral and Espace. The system, which features a multi-link rear axle, enhances road holding, reduces driving noise, and improves comfort, according to Renault. Additionally, it allows for a small turning radius. The system enables the rear wheels to countersteer up to 5 degrees, resulting in the Espace having the same turning radius as the Renault Clio. This is particularly advantageous in the city and on narrow French roads during vacations.
Acquirement of Luggage Room in Renault Espace
The Renault Espace presents itself as an ideal purchase for those seeking ample space for passengers and possessions alike. As a matter of fact, this vehicle also functions exceptionally well as a conveyance for relocation purposes. The digits stand thus:
When utilizing the third row of seats in the seven-passenger variant, the luggage compartment can accommodate 159 liters of storage. By conveniently collapsing the two rear rows of seating, a flat cargo floor can be constructed, allowing for copious amounts of belongings to be loaded. Additionally, the interior provides a capacious area for storage, with the front compartments possessing a cumulative capacity of 20 liters. The glove box alone possesses a volumetric capacity exceeding six liters. When approaching the vehicle with hands full, one may elect to open the tailgate via a motion of the foot underneath the rear bumper, which triggers the electrically-operated function.
The interior of the Renault Espace captivates the attention with the OpenR display, a name bestowed by Renault for the infotainment screen. This unit is comprised of two substantial screens, both measuring 12 inches, positioned adjacently in a horizontal and vertical fashion. It should be noted that the standard package entails one 12-inch and one 9-inch screen, although this should not deter one from enjoyment.
The operating system incorporated into the Renault Espace emanates from Google, namely, Android Automotive. We first encountered this system in the Polestar 2, although an increasing number of automakers are presently utilizing it. Models such as the Renault Austral and Mégane E-Tech Electric have already made the transition to this system. The system functions at an astonishing pace, with Google apps such as Maps and Assistant preloaded for the user’s convenience. The Google Play Store offers apps such as Spotify and Waze for download.
Power Output of 200 Horsepower
The Renault Espace is solely available with a 200-horsepower E-Tech full-hybrid powertrain, composed of a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors. The gasoline engine imparts 130 horsepower, with the electric motors furnishing the remainder.
According to Renault, the Espace E-Tech full hybrid is capable of operating in a fully electric manner for up to 80% of city driving conditions. We shall soon undertake testing to ascertain the veracity of this claim, once the vehicle embarks on its initial journey. Renault shall announce the pricing of the new Espace at a subsequent time.
The Renault Espace, a swanky SUV, boasts dimensions of 4,722 mm (185.9 inches) in length and a wheelbase of 2,738 mm (107.8 inches). The extra length of 212 mm (8.3 inches) vis-à-vis the Austral is attributed to the wheelbase and the rear overhang. However, the Espace is 135 mm (5.3 inches) shorter than its minivan predecessor.
The SUV comes in three different trims – the entry-level Techno, the opulent Iconic, and the sprightly Esprit Alpine. Depending on the trim and the equipment, the Espace weighs between 1,587 kg (3,499 pounds) and 1,698 kg (3,743 pounds), signifying a substantial reduction of 215 kg (474 pounds) from its prior generation.
As we make our way inside, the dashboard design is borrowed from the Austral and comprises a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch OpenR Link infotainment touchscreen, and a 9.3-inch head-up display. The Espace features six USB-C ports (two for each row of seats), a wireless charging pad, and two 12V outlets.
The SUV’s minivan origins are evident with its generous 39 lt (1.4 cubic feet) of in-cabin storage space and a plethora of cup holders. High-end trims offer 48-color ambient lighting and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The Esprit Alpine stands out with its Alcantara/synthetic leather upholstery and blue stitching, while the Iconic flaunts plush leather and ash wood inserts. A prime feature of the Espace’s interior is the optional panoramic sunroof, spanning 1.330 mm (52.4 inches) long and 840 mm (33.1 inches) wide.
The Espace, a versatile vehicle from Renault, is presented in two layouts, namely, a five-seater or seven-seater arrangement, both at the same price point. The second row of seats, amenable to movement by 220 mm (8.7 inches), facilitates the creation of up to 321 mm (12.6 inches) of rear legroom, which is a noteworthy 128 mm (5 inches) for the third-row passengers. When all seven seats are occupied, cargo space is limited to a mere 159 lt (5.6 cubic feet).
However, by folding the third row flat, it disappears into the floor and results in a capacious boot of 477-677 lt (16.8-23.9 cubic feet), depending on the position of the second row. The folding of all the seats affords an impressive cargo capacity of up to 1,714 lt (60.5 cubic feet), with the five-seater model boasting an even higher volume of 1,818 lt (64.2 cubic feet), which has a standard capacity of 581-777 lt (20.5-27.4 cubic feet).
The 2024 Renault Espace incorporates a single powertrain option initially, which is the self-charging hybrid system, comprising a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, a high-voltage starter-generator, and a 2 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The E-Tech hybrid, similar to the top-spec Austral, delivers a combined output of 197 hp (147 kW / 200 PS) and 205 Nm (151.2 lb-ft) of torque, with the power exclusively directed to the front wheels through an automatic gearbox. Consequently, the Espace can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a respectable 8.8 seconds and attain a top speed of 175 km/h (109 mph).
The introduction of electrification has bestowed greater efficacy when compared to the erstwhile Espace that was obtainable in petrol and diesel iterations. Renault propounds that the novel hybrid exhibits an average fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 kilometers (equivalent to 51 miles per gallon) and an emission of 104 grams per kilometer of CO2, as per the combined WLTP cycle. Moreover, it can cover a distance of up to 1,100 kilometers (equivalent to 684 miles) before requiring a refill.
This sports utility vehicle (SUV) is based on the well-proven CMF-CD architecture, which is also employed in the Nissan X-Trail and Mitsubishi Outlander, along with the smaller Renault Austral. The comfort-centric Espace provides a multi-link rear suspension, Multi-Sense driving modes, and up to 32 ADAS, and 4Drive four-wheel-steering. The latter enables a turning radius of 10.4 meters (equivalent to 34.1 feet), akin to the Clio supermini, despite being the longest vehicle in Renault’s present product portfolio.
The Renault Espace can be ordered this spring and will be manufactured alongside the mechanically-related Austral at the Palencia plant in Spain. Pricing details will be disclosed at a later time.