Renault has released full specification and price details for the 2011 Espace, which hits showrooms in January 2012.
Greener engines, a host of optional extras and a pricing restructure will strengthen the Renault’s position against competitors like the Ford S-Max and Volkswagen Sharan.
Espace styling changes
Despite being a new model for 2011, the recognisable outline of the Espace remains, but with a few subtle styling revisions.
Renault has simplified the trim level by offering just one option, the Dynamique TomTom.
The highlight of the exterior changes is an LED headlight arrangement and two new 17-inch alloy wheel designs.
Inside, the Espace retains the same adaptability as the existing model, with seven seats and an aluminium-tracked floor, which allows you to move the seats depending on the number of passengers or desired boot space.
The seats have been upgraded with sport-style upholstery and a more figure-hugging shape, and, as the trim name suggests, each model comes with an integrated TomTom Live navigation system.
Renault Espace options
The standard trim can be supplemented with a number of optional extras including an opening tailgate window for £320, bi-xenon directional headlights at £650, integrated DVD player with screens in the back of the front headrests for £1,500, and a £1,300 panoramic glass sunroof.
An Initiale Lux Pack is also available for the top-of-the-range Grand Espace dCi 175 Automatic. The pack costs £3,500, but includes a multi-functional ‘TunePoint’ to link-up portable music players, upgraded sat nav, parking sensors, and four rear seats fitted with armrests replacing the stock five seats.
CO2 emissions reduced
There is just one diesel engine available, a 2.0 dCi, in 150 or 175bhp outputs, with the latter only available mated to an automatic six-speed transmission.
CO2 emissions for both have been reduced, with the dCi 150 down to 170g/km compared to 188g/km, and the dCi 175 down to 189g/km.
You’ll have to pay £1,500 more if you want to opt for the larger Grand Espace, but prices have been brought down with the 2.0 dCi 150 Espace coming in cheapest at £24,495 – £2,905 cheaper than the Espace dCi 150 Dynamique currently available.
The range is available to order from November 8.