RENAULT ESPACE AUSTRALIA
Inspired by the Initiale Paris concept that debuted late last year, the new Espace is expected to make its first official appearance at the Paris Motor Show in October.
As for the Espace, Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar told TMR at this week’s launch of the new Clio GT that the people-mover market is a tricky pit to play in.
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.”
For the record, the number of people-movers sold in Australia so far this year totals less than 3000, while sales of SUVs medium through to upper large is verging on 70,000.
Mr Hocevar added that Renault’s Australian arm is going through a period of growth that could become “over-complicated” with any focus on low-volume models like the Espace.
The new Espace is built on Renault Nissan’s modular CFM1 platform, and a range of small turbocharged engines are expected to provide power.
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.
Watch for the new Espace to debut at September’s Paris Motor Show.