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New Renault Espace Facelift

 New Renault Espace Facelift
New Renault Espace Facelift

Softer styling & innovative cornering lights

Press Release

New Espace… for a New Life

Softer styling, innovative cornering lights, the Carminat Navigation and Communication System and the new 2.0 dCi engine are just some of the features poised to ensure that the leader of the top-of-the-range MPV segment maintains its edge.

With its seductive and aesthetic appeal, dynamic performance, excellence in perceived quality and travelling comfort, New Espace goes further than it has ever done before. The new particulate filter-equipped 2.0 dCi diesel engine delivers 150hp and 175hp and ensures that New Espace benefits from exceptional performance for this level of engine size. A new six-speed automatic transmission is available for the new 3.0 dCi V6 diesel engine which boasts torque of 400Nm for even more flexibility and driving pleasure. Thanks to a choice of three petrol and four diesel powerplants, which can be coupled to five- or six­speed manual or Proactive transmission, New Espace places the accent firmly on dynamic performance and driving pleasure.

New Espace's exterior lines are softer yet its personality is as distinctive as ever and points clearly to its high-end MPV standing. New Espace is also the first vehicle of its class to feature bi-Xenon cornering lights.

Inside, the perceived quality and the sense of warmth and brightness it exudes make New Espace an even more pleasurable experience. New Espace is also available with the latest Carminat Navigation and Communication System which combines voice synthesis with a three-dimensional display. The system comes with a panoramic 7-inch screen built into the new dashboard design, Bluetooth technology for a hands-free telephone and a CD/MP3-compatible player. Automatically-attaching sliding seats are available in the rear. The seats can be taken out, moved and positioned with ease, thereby enhancing interior modularity. New Espace also has an all-flat floor.

And for complete ease of mind when travelling as a family, New Espace's active and passive safety features make it once again the benchmark in its segment.

New Espace… for New Appeal

New Espace's exterior lines are softer yet its personality is as distinctive as ever and points clearly to its high-end MPV standing. Inside, the perceived quality and the sense of warmth and brightness it exudes make New Espace an even more pleasurable experience. And the only bounds to the car's modularity, which features automatically-attaching sliding seats and a perfectly flat floor, are its owner's imagination…

The softer front styling of New Espace includes a new headlamp design that prolongs the lines of the bonnet. The slimmer bumper and simplified grille design reassert the vehicle's top-of-the-range status. The bi-Xenon cornering lights and their ability to pivot as a function of the position of the steering wheel give New Espace a unique frontal expression. The foglamps come with a new chrome trim that discreetly echoes the elegance of the new styling. Two new body colours are also available, namely Sahara Beige and Lumière Blue.

New wheel trims underpin New Espace's dynamic design, while the design of the new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels adds to its refined looks.

The form of the rear lights takes its inspiration from the vehicle's overall styling cues and contributes significantly to the harmony of the whole. Although discreet when switched off, the rear lights truly come into their own once illuminated.

For added elegance, the new trim favours dark charcoal tones for the upper part of the interior, while the beige or light charcoal shades favoured for the lower part of the dashboard and the door linings contribute to ensuring a brighter, warmer feel. The trimming of the dashboard and centre console is in perfect harmony with the interior colour scheme. With the exception of the recent Dynamique version, all of the upholsteries are new.

The panoramic glass roof, which can be either fixed or electric, continues to stand out as the market benchmark in terms of its dimensions and comfort. Combined with an electric sliding sunblind, it protects passengers while at the same time giving the impression of travelling in the open air. Other passenger-friendly features of New Espace include a perfectly flat floor which simplifies the layout of up to five automatically-attaching sliding seats, the positioning of which is very simple. With the seat back folded flat, each seat becomes a highly practical table.

New Espace… for New Standards of Excellence

New Espace's innovative headlamps contribute to its soothing, reassuring front-end looks. These headlamps also benefit driving comfort and safety by following the vehicle's trajectory when cornering. Inside, the Carminat Navigation and Communication System combines voice synthesis with a three-dimensional display. And for complete ease of mind when travelling as a family, New Espace's active and passive safety features place it at the very top of its segment.

New Espace is available with optional bi-Xenon cornering lights which provide up to 90% additional lighting when cornering. They provide twice the lighting power but consume half as much energy compared with conventional halogen headlights. The headlamp modules – which are activated as soon as the vehicle is started – pivot from 7kph and are programmed to improve visibility at speeds in excess of 30kph, in both the dipped- and main-beam functions.

The new dashboard ensures enhanced display of information, while the new Carminat Navigation and Communication System has prompted a rethink of the ergonomics of the driver's seat. Positioned between the two front seats, a single multimedia control provides access to the navigation, Bluetooth telephone and radio/MP3-compatible functions. The panoramic 7-inch colour screen permit a three-dimensional display of itineraries, as well as the display of the audio settings and telephone menus. The voice synthesis function, the hands-free Bluetooth controls and steering­wheel mounted fingertip controls permit the system to be used in total safety. The radio can be controlled from the dashboard, but is also combined with a remote control for additional comfort.

New Espace is equipped with rain and light sensors, "Follow Me Home" lights, front and rear parking assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Emergency Brake Assist with ABS and ESP with understeer control. The Renault System for Restraint and Protection comprises eight airbags and three-point seatbelts complete with load limiters. Front seats are equipped with double pretensioners. New Espace offers optimum child safety. All the rear seats can be fitted with Isofix attachments and Sleep Safe convertible child head restraints are available. New Espace's strengthened structure ensures maximum safety and the vehicle benefits from a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

New Espace… for New Dynamic Performance

New Espace's driving pleasure is enhanced by a comprehensive range of powerplants, including three petrol and four diesel engines, coupled with five- or six-speed manual or Proactive transmissions.

The new particulate filter-equipped 2.0 dCi diesel engine delivers 150hp and 175hp and ensures that New Espace benefits from exceptional performance for this level of engine size. The 3.0 dCi V6 diesel version comes with a new six-speed automatic transmission and boasts torque of 400Nm for added flexibility and driving pleasure.

New Espace benefits from the latest engine and transmission evolutions. The new 2.0 dCi 175hp engine takes the vehicle from standstill to 100kph in less than 10 seconds, a best-in-class performance with record fuel consumption figures (7.4l/100km in the combined cycle). With less than 200g/km, CO2 emissions are remarkably low and make New Espace a leader in its vehicle category in terms of environmental respect. Coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox, the engine's acoustic and dynamic performance is in perfect keeping with customer expectations. New Espace reconciles the notions of driving pleasure, comfort and range.

The driving pleasure associated with the 3.0 dCi V6 powerplant has been further enhanced by the new six-speed, flick-shift automatic Proactive transmission, as well as by the latter's shift-down function under heavy braking and the maintenance of the selected gear when lifting abruptly off the throttle. Meanwhile, the flick-shift control enables the driver to change gear manually if required. Perfectly compatible with the engine's 400Nm of torque, this transmission combines response and low fuel consumption (9.4 litres/100km in the combined cycle).

The petrol range comprises a choice of four powertrain combinations: the 2.0 16V (140hp), the 2.0 Turbo (170hp) coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0 Turbo (170hp) and the 3.5 V6 (245hp) with automatic five-speed transmission.

The diesel range comprises a choice of eight powertrain combinations. In addition to the 2.0 dCi (150 and 175hp, with particulate filter) and the 3.0 dCi (165 and 180hp) coupled with six-speed automatic transmission, the 1.9 dCi (115hp) is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox and the 2.2 dCi is available with either six-speed manual (150hp) or five-speed automatic (140hp) transmission.

Source: Text & photos courtesy Renault
Published Feb 8, 2006 3:53 am
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