At Renault, we haven't forgotten that real luxury is space.
Born in 1984 from an idea from Matra's design offices, it became a crossover in 2015, the large family vehicle from the Diamond firm continues to reinvent itself without losing sight of this precept.
In the second half of 2023, the French manufacturer will launch a sixth generation of its Espace, which bears its name well.
More SUV than ever, this new vehicle, which will crown the range, borrows its platform and technologies from Austral.
Using the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-CD platform, engineers have developed a model that can accommodate up to 7 people in supreme comfort.
Compared to the model it replaces, the new Espace sees its length reduced by 140 mm but its wheelbase is extended by 70 mm compared to the Austral.
Result: the Espace VI measures 4.72 meters while the height (1.64 m) is identical to that of the Austral but 32 mm lower than the previous model.
This new template benefits the rear seats.
This is how passengers in row 2 benefit from a knee radius of up to 321 mm.
The designers also paid attention to functionality.
The row 2 bench seat slides over an amplitude of 220 mm and the seat backs can recline up to 31 degrees.
A little extra: the central armrest has two cup holders.
In the 7-seater version, access to row 3 is facilitated by the “Easy Access” function which slides row 2. Not content with offering incredible roominess, the new Espace also offers highly modular loading space.
Depending on the configuration of the passenger compartment, the cargo capacity can vary from 159 to 1,818 liters.
In the 5-seater version, the volume varies from 581 to 777 litres, depending on the position of the bench seat.
As for the 5-seater configuration of the 7-seater version, the volume varies from 477 to 677 liters.
The new Espace adds a high degree of refinement to this with silky materials and coordinated colors and an interior flooded with light by a panoramic glass roof with a surface area of more than one square meter (1.33 meters long and 0.84m wide).
Three finishes will appear in the catalog, including the Esprit Alpine, which stands out with its checkered grille, the black door frames and a cabin largely dressed in suede.
Modeled on that of the Austral, the infotainment is based on the 12-inch vertical central slab, in continuity with the 12.3-inch instrument screen.
Well in step with its times, the Espace contributes to the reduction of the Renault group's carbon footprint.
Thanks in particular to a reduced weight of 215 kilos compared to its predecessor, the Espace VI claims a consumption of only 4.6 l/100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 104 g/km.
A performance obtained by relying on the 200 horsepower hybrid engine, the only one on the program.
This technology, which does not need to be recharged from the mains, combines the 130 hp 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo with two electric motors - a 70 hp block and a 25 hp high-voltage starter - and a 2 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The four-wheel steering completes the device of a model that has no equivalent for the moment on the market.