and the espace was born

Espace TSE

Espace
1987
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RENAULT

REINVENTS

THE MPV

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).

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spirit

THE HISTORIC

REFERENCE

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.

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interior

IT’S ALL

IN THE NAME

Developed by Matra and improved by Renault, Renault Espace entirely redesigned the passenger compartment and emphasized the roominess and modularity and, of course, the space. Seats that could rotate, fold, be removed or converted into a shelf making Espace a true traveling living room for 7.

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original soundtrack

LISTEN TO

THIS PLAYLIST

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.

archives

CHOOSING

THE RIGHT

PROJECT

Matra made the first sketches of Espace and proposed them to... Peugeot (yes!) who refused the project (it’s called having instincts). Renault, on the other hand, saw in it an incredible opportunity. The brand had given this one-box vehicle an exceptional modular layout, for a car with living space. To such an extent that the advertising slogan for Renault Espace (4th generation) was: “What if luxury was called Espace?”

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technical features

ONE-BOX

BODY

  • production

    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

  • dimensions
    Length 4,25 m
    Width 1,77 m
    Height 1 ,70 m
  • architecture

    single-volume bodywork, with front engine

    flat floor

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OUR

STORE

A true precursor, Renault Espace put its mark on history: you can also be a trailblazer by becoming one of the first to adopt the miniature Renault Espace.

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