Renault is launching the 2017 Espace in Europe, releasing at the same time all the details and a new gallery.
The subtle update of the fifth generation Espace hasn’t changed much for the flagship crossover model that’s been around since 2015.
The most important update is the addition of a new powertrain developed by Renault Sport: it’s the new Energy TCe 225 EDC which is the same engine that debuted with the Alpine A110. However and instead of the Alpine’s 252hp, the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine is tuned for 225hp and 221lb-ft (300Nm) of peak torque.
The new turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol will be offered exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Renault claims a 7.6 sec for the 0-62mph (100km/h), with fuel economy NEDC-rated at a combined 6.8lt/100km (41.5mpg UK) and 152gr/km of CO2.
The 2017 Renault Espace is also available with two diesel units, the entry-level dCi 130 and the dCi 160 with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Renault has also added a new color, Titanium Grey, to the exterior palette and two new wheel options, measuring 18- and 19-inches in diameter. The 2017 Espace also gains ventilated front seats, a Graded Sable Grey leather upholstery option and new interior LED lighting.
The latest version of Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system is also present, with new connected features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a new My Renault app and more.
The chassis retains its 4Control four-wheel steering system and adaptive dampers for better handling and ride quality, keeping the passengers relaxed and comfortable. The cabin, which can also be specified with a seven-seat layout, was designed to remind a lounge as well as offer class-leading practicality.
Renault is offering a special executive version of the 2017 Espace, which replaces the three second-row seats with two individual four-way adjustable heated seats that are divided by a second-row centre console in true Business class-style.