Like its predecessor, the new Renault Espace won’t be sold in the UK
New Nissan X-Trail rival is available with five or seven seats â€“ but isnâ€™t coming to the UK
The extra interior room is thanks to a raised and stretched rear deck, with the Espace measuring in at 4.72 metres long â€“ 0.21m more than the Austral.
In five-seat configuration, this gives the Espace 777 litres of boot space. With the third row of seats in place and upright, this shrinks to 159 litres â€“ smaller than the seven-seat Skoda Kodiaqâ€™s 270 litres. With the third row folded down, 677 litres of space is available.
Powering the new Espace is the 197bhp hybrid powertrain from the Austral, with a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a small battery. This yields fuel efficiency of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km, matching its capabilities in the smaller car.
Cheaper (but less powerful) mild-hybrid engines â€“ producing 138bhp and 157bhp in the Austral â€“ are also expected to be available in the Espace.
Inside, the Espace exhibits the same upmarket design as the Austral, featuring Renaultâ€™s OpenRÂ display, comprising a 12.3in digital instrument panel and a 12.0in infotainment touchscreen.
A panoramic sunroof â€“ claimed to be one of the largest on the market, covering an area greater than a square metreÂ â€“ is also available.
Esprit Alpine (â€˜spirit of Alpineâ€™) trim brings details inspired by Renault’s sporting brand,Â includingÂ satin-grey paint with contrasting black details and Alpine-badged alloy wheels. The Alcantara-upholstered seats from the Austral Esprit Alpine are also likely to be included as part of the package.
The Espace is likely to be priced at a slight premium compared with the Austral, which starts at â‚¬34,000 (Â£30,000) in entry-level EquilibreÂ trim.
However, it won’t be coming to the UK,Â leaving the smaller crossover at the top of the French brandâ€™s ICE range when it arrives later this year.
Order booksÂ for the Espace will open in the coming weeks, with deliveries expected to start in line with the modelâ€™s 40th anniversary.
The original car, the product of a collaboration with Matra, made its public debut in November 1983. It’s often credited as the first European MPV, offering seven seats â€“ of which the rear five were removable â€“ and a completely flat floor behind the driver.
A second generation arrived in 1991, spawning a performance-focused four-wheel-drive concept car featuring a 266bhp twin-turbo engine, which would later be used in the Safrane Biturbo.Â
The Mk3 Espace would be the last produced by Matra and informed the smaller, MÃ©gane-based ScÃ©nic MPV, which itself became a runaway hit.
Sales of the Mk4 Espace slumped after recession hit Europe in 2008 and the introduction of an SUV-inspired Mk5 in 2015 did little to rekindle demand.