The car that has defined the purpose-built large MPV since it invented the category in 1984 is today revealed in its latest form, one that brings luxury car standards of refinement and technology to the MPV market for the first time. As the fourth all-new model since 1984, the Renault Espace IV will be looking to retain its position as Europe’s best-selling large MPV and goes on sale in the UK during the first quarter of 2003 where it joins Avantime and Vel Satis as Renault’s third top-of-the-range model.
The new Espace introduces levels of interior modularity and comfort for all seven occupants not seen before. All seven individual seats now offer armchair comfort through larger dimensions, with a built-in three-point seatbelt for all of the five removable rear seats offering enhanced comfort and safety. With long floor rails for the seat mounting points the flexibility of the interior is virtually unlimited.
V6 Diesel And Petrol Engines
The new Espace uses the Vel Satis platform and benefits from all the latest Renault technical innovations making it the first MPV to offer both diesel and petrol six-cylinder engines, hands-free Renault Card door locking and engine start, automatic parking brake and eight airbags including, for the first time in an MPV, lateral chest airbags for the second row of seats.
Air-Conditioned Comfort For All
The current Espace pioneered improved ventilation and heating for MPVs with separate heating units and controls for each side of the car, freeing up the centre of the dashboard for a huge glovebox. Espace IV brings this level of thermal comfort to all three rows of passengers. The air conditioning unit is now located under the front passenger seat freeing up the dashboard space completely and connecting to a network of air ducts in the door pillars, roof and floor, leading to outlets for all three rows of passengers. All four doors have ventilation control buttons mounted on them. No other MPV has such a level of sophistication.
Available in both standard and Grand version offering even greater luggage and interior space, Espace IV will continue to set the benchmark for MPVs by offering the refinement, technology and performance of a luxury car with space and comfort for seven people.
A More Masculine Design
The new Espace cabin, with its elegant and sober design, takes its inspiration from the world of contemporary architecture and furniture. Innovation is in evidence everywhere, but is never ostentatious, while the perceived quality of new Espace is strong.
The rear of the vehicle was designed to offer greater comfort to passengers in the back row of seats. They will have more elbow room and greatly improved headroom. In line with the previous generation of the vehicle, Renault is offering two versions: Espace and Grand Espace . Grand Espace is 20cm longer, providing more space inside the cabin, a 456-litre boot with seven seats version and over 3,000 litres with all five rear seats removed.
New Espace pays even greater attention to each of its occupants in a shared, adaptable cabin. For instance, air conditioning vents are fitted in the roofline of the cabin for every row of seats, directing the flow of air upwards or downwards. In addition to air conditioning adjusted by separate controls on either side of the front doors, ventilation speed can be set from controls in the rear door panels in the second and third row of seats.
More attention has been focused on improving comfort in the individual rear seats, which are all identical in all versions. More contoured in shape with three-point seat-mounted safety belts, they are installed on long rails that run the full length of the cabin and are now fitted as standard on all versions. Access to the third row of seats has been improved by making the opening 30% wider.
On board New Espace all occupants have their own personal stowage space, including those in the third row. A second stowage bin has been added to the dashboard on the passenger side, as well as two new pockets in the top of the dashboard.
New Espace is more light and airy than its predecessor thanks to the option of the biggest glass sunroof currently on the market, with a surface area of 2.16 square metres. The huge windscreen in the front and wider rear screen extending to the vertically stacked lamp clusters give a truly panoramic view in three dimensions. New Espace boasts 25% more glazed surface and remains the most generously glazed car in the segment with some 7.42 square metres.