Renault Espace 2023 Going from Minivan to SUV
- Written by : Ashton G. Curran
- Date Published : 2023-03-29
- Date Updated : 2023-03-29
- Category / Tag : renault
The transition from MPV to SUV was expected, it's a big step for a car model that initially pioneered the family minivan segment, which grew strongly over a period.
Since then, minivans have been completely overtaken by SUVs.
At the same time, Renault claims to have made the Espace slimmer compared to the previous generation, both in terms of weight and size.
The newcomer is 215 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and 14 cm shorter.
Despite this, the cabin space should be better.
The new Renault Espace comes as a hybrid, where the combustion engine consists of a three-cylinder 1.2-liter gasoline engine with a turbo of 130 horsepower and 205 Nm.
The combustion engine is then supported by two electric motors.
The total system output is 200 hp.
A diesel version does not seem to be available at the moment.
The car has brake force recovery, where the driver also has the option of choosing between four different levels.
Since it's not a plug-in hybrid, the electric drive is reserved for city driving and lower speeds, probably for shorter distances.
The new Renault Espace is based on the Renault/Nissan alliance's joint CMF-C/D platform, which also supports more electrified models.
However, so far there is no information from Renault that the Espace would come as a fully electric model.
What is clear, however, is that Espace now offers 32 different driver assistance systems in three main categories: Safety, driving experience, and parking assistance.
The model is also offered with four-wheel steering.
In Europe, it will be possible to order the mild hybrid Espace in the spring of 2023.
The prices are not yet official.
Manufacturing takes place in Palencia, Spain.