Renault Espace is a mid-size luxury crossover Renault. Generations 1-3 sold under the brand Renault but manufactured by Matra. The Renault Grand Espace is a long-wheelbase (LWB) version with increased rear legroom and boot size. The name “Espace” means “room” in French. The car is often regarded as the first MPV, but previous vehicles have similar designs. In February 2012, the Espace is retired in the United Kingdom, as part of a cost-cutting plan.
The Renault Espace’s design was originally conceived in the 1970s by the British designer, Fergus Pollock, who was making Chrysler UK, at its design center at Whitley in Coventry. Later Matra, who were affiliated with Simca, the then French subsidiary of Chrysler, were involved in the partnership in the design, headed by Greek designer Antonis Volanis.
Renault was originally intended to be sold as a Talbot and to be a replacement for the Matra Rancho leisure vehicle. Early prototypes used Simca parts and thus characterized by a grille reminiscent of the Simca 1307 (Chrysler Alpine). In 1978, six years before the Espace in the production, Chrysler UK and Simca were sold to the French company PSA Peugeot Citroen, which phased out Simca within a decade due to declining sales. PSA decided the Espace was too expensive and too risky to put a design in production, so it is Matra, that the idea to Renault.
Renault Espace Facelift
Building on its success, the Renault Espace was revamped in 1988 with most of the Talbot / Simca content replaced by identical Renault parts. The chassis and mechanical ingredient of the car remained largely unchanged. The most obvious cosmetic exterior difference between the very first Espace and the revamped post-1988 models were the changed headlights: the forward oblique light with orange indicator casing of the original Espace were replaced with backward-slanting lights with a clear Indicator housing. Along with the changes in the design, is a four-wheel version called Quadra also introduced.
Renault Espace V
The fifth-generation Espace unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October 2014. It abandoned the large MPV design of previous generations, instead of a midsize crossover styling. The car is based on the Renault-Nissan Common Module Family architecture developed by both Renault and Nissan.
Renault radar adaptive cruise control and braking active emergency. It is presented with the latest version of Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system, brake assist, engine stop-start, lane departure warning and road sign recognition with speed limit warnings, 360-degree sensors, reversing camera and a hands-free parking system. The Renault Espace V is only come with LHD markets, with no RHD vehicles build or sold.
The fifth-generation Espace was preceded by Initial Paris concept car, which is similar to the production version. The concept was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it has a mid-size luxury crossover SUV-like design and various luxury elements, preview, the new Renault Initial Paris luxury sub-brand. The car includes an aluminum poly roof that has a map of Paris. The engine is a 1.6-liter diesel unit. The Initial Paris is the final installment of “cycle of life” six-concept series Laurens van den Acker, with whoever, according to Renault, a lifetime moment: “Love” (Renault DeZir), “explore” (Renault Captur) “family” (Renault R-space), “work” (Renault Frendzy), “play” (Renaults Twin’Z and Twin’Run) and “wisdom”.
Renault Espace Safety
The Renault Espace IV passed the Euro NCAP car safety tests with 5/5 start Adult occupant and pedestrian 2/4 stars. The 2003 Espace featured in British motoring television show Fifth Gear, where it against a 1990 Land Rover Discovery at 64 km / h (40 mph). The passenger compartment at the Espace is kept fairly intact, but the pop in the Discovery is smashed between the seats and the Renault Espace dashboard, leaving no survival possibilities.