The fifth-generation Renault Espace launched in late 2014 and, as is usual practice in the auto industry, it’s high-time it got a mid-life cycle makeover.
Even in its fifth year on the market, the Espace looks fresh, a testimony of the work the design team put in this project. Blurring the lines between a conventional minivan and a crossover, it is arguably one of the most original designs in its category.
Understandably, Renault won’t make radical changes. As previous sightings of test prototypes have already revealed, the camouflage only covers the front and rear ends, as those are the only areas of the exterior that will be redesigned.
Compared to the last time we saw the facelifted Espace during testing, the camp on this prototype spotted in southern Spain has become slightly less, allowing us to get a better look at the headlights and taillights. Both get new LED signatures: at the front and the DRLs are now fitted to each projector, while at the rear the change is more subtle.
The facelifted Espace will follow the latest look of new Renault models, meaning it will get a new grille and a restyled front bumper with repositioned LED turn signals. The rear bumper will also see some modest updates.
We don’t have any photos of the interior just yet, but you can expect small touches such as an updated infotainment system possibly with a bigger touchscreen display, as well as new driver assistance systems such as traffic jam assist.
There won’t be any big news in the engine range either, as Renault has already updated the range with the addition of a 225 PS (222 hp) 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and the 1.6-liter dCi turbodiesel has been replaced with a 2.0-liter dCi available in 160 PS (158 hp) and 200 PS (197 hp) guises.
The revamped Espace is expected to debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.