Renault has at last revealed its reborn Espace people-mover, evolving the French flair embodied in the brand’s latest offerings.
As expected, the new family hauler retains much of the styling that debuted this time last year with the glossy Initiale Paris concept.
All of the key elements are there, from the wide and new wing-like Renault grille design, tall front bumper, long bonnet and flowing roofline.
The concept’s wave-styled glasshouse remains, as does the jacked-up ride height that merges people-mover and SUV practicality into one.
The new Espace will ride on Renault Nissan’s versatile CFM1 architecture, driven by a range of small turbocharged engines.
It is unknown at this stage if a right-hand-drive configuration will be offered with the new model, although the current model was offered in the UK until 2011.
The new Espace has been a long-time coming, with the current fourth-generation Espace - not available in Australia - now on the market for around 10 years.
That absence from Australia is not expected to change, with local Renault boss Justin Hocevar confirming with TMR in May that, for now, there is no plan for an Espace launch.
“It is on our radar, but it’s a distant blip,” Mr Hocevar said.
“The trouble in bringing this vehicle to our market at this point in time is that that [people mover] market has just deteriorated to the point where it’s faded into obscurity."
"SUV has really taken over, the amount of crossover and 4x2 sales now is very high.”
Perhaps, then, the almost SUV-like shape of this new Espace will be enough to win local buyers over? Time will tell.
Watch for more details on the new Espace to come at next month's Paris Motor Show.
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