and the espace was born
1984: At the Paris Motor Show a vehicle was turning heads. It was the Renault Espace, a one-box vehicle which would be the forerunner to the future people carriers. Spacious and ideal for large families, the atypical Renault Espace made a good impression. As its advertising slogan said: “On n’a jamais été aussi bien sur Terre que dans l’Espace” (The best place on earth is in space).
Although sales were sluggish at first, Renault Espace soon proved its mettle due to its appearance and its spaciousness. To such an extent that other car makers followed Renault’s example, and started to offer MPVs. Although it was copied, Espace was never equalled. It made such an impression that the word “Espace” is used in France to refer to any kind of MPV.
In space no one can hear you scream (espace is the French word for space). But you can listen to the sounds of Renault Espace.
Besides its dimensions and its one-box body, Renault Espace stands out by its interior layout. In the rear, for example, independent seats replace the bench seat. As a bonus, these seats can be folded or removed, to free up unrivalled loading space (further improved by the flat floor). Get ready to load your moving boxes!
191,674 vehicles from 1984 to 1991 for the first generation
over 1,344,434 vehicles to date, over 5 generations
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders inline
from 1995 cc to 2164 cc
from 88 to 120 hp
from 160 to 179 kph
- dimensionsLength 4,25 mWidth 1,77 mHeight 1 ,70 m
single-volume bodywork, with front engine