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Christopher Bruce2013-06-06 19:08:55

Next Generation Espace to Be Large Crossover

It will be shown as a concept later this year

The next generation Espace will morph into a large crossover

RenaultRenaultRenaultFrance, 1898 > present189 models
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has confirmed rumors that the next generation EspaceEspaceRenault EspaceFrance, 1984 > 20065 series
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will eschew its MPV roots in factor of becoming a large crossover, according to Renault design head Laurens van den Acker. The choice was made because the MPV market is shrinking while the crossover market is growing quickly.

A concept of the new show is scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The production version will go on sale in 2014, and it may also be sold in China.

The design is not as brutal as today's cars. They are becoming very military, which might be OK for the EvoqueRange Rover EvoqueLand Rover Range Rover EvoqueUnited Kingdom, 2011 > present140 versions
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or Range RoverRange Rover (modern) Gen.3 [L405]Land Rover Range Rover (modern) Gen.3 [L405]United Kingdom, 2012 > present13 versions
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but it's maybe not the direction we are going," said Renault concept car director Axel Breun.

The current Espace was introduced in 2002 and sales have been falling. It has sold 3,014 Espaces in Europe through April, down 35% from the previous year.

“The Espace is a respected vehicle. It is one Renault you'd likely see on a driveway alongside a VolkswagenVolkswagenVolkswagenGermany, 1938 > present98 models
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or a MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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but we've let it live for too long," said van den Acker.

The EspaceEspace Gen.1Renault Espace Gen.1France, 1984 > 199110 versions
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basically invented the European MPV segment when it went on sale in 1984. Since then, there have four generations.

Source: Automotive News Europe





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