Renault’s next-generation Espace people-mover has been revealed this week as new patent application images surface online.
The latest in Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker’s ‘Circle of Life’ concept series, the Initiale Paris offered a first look at the long overdue replacement for the 10 year-old Espace.
It is unclear if the Espace name will continue with this new model, although comments from van den Acker in 2013 suggest the new model could be more a more luxury-focused offering.
Renault has long been expected to launch a new Initiale Paris sub-brand that would debut as a more premium range, similar to the DS line offered by rival and compatriot Citroen.
It is more likely however that the Espace badge will remain, with this new people mover positioned to take on Citroen’s new C4 Grand Picasso, recently launched in Australia.
The coming people mover will be built on Renault Nissan’s modular new CFM1 platform, with power to be provided by the group’s small new turbocharged engine range.
Whether we can expect the Espace in Australia is unclear, and it remains unknown if this new model will be offered in right-hand-drive.
The current model was available in right-hand-drive for the UK market, although it was axed there in 2011.
Watch for the new Espace to debut at September’s Paris Motor Show.