Several names are considered to baptize the 7-seater version of the Renault Austral. Among them, Espace, despite the abandonment of the minivan profile.
Future Renault Espace (2023) – The Renault Espace is (soon) dead. Long live the Renault Espace! Because if minivan architecture will definitely be shelved, in the coming months, his name could survive him under the guise of a 7-seater SUV competing directly with the Peugeot 5008.
Nothing is official yet, but the rumor is pressing as for the return of the Renault Espace, during 2023. However, Luca de Meo, since his arrival at the head of the Losange, in 2020, has not hidden his desire to turn your back on the ugly ducklings of the range. Thereby, the Kadjar will have lived only the time of a generation before giving way to the Austral, in the coming months, when its big brother Koleos could also fall by the wayside. Conversely, despite the poor sales of current models, Scenic and Espace would be about to be drafted for the needs of new categories of SUV.
The waltz of appellations
This is the whole paradox of the principle of attribution of designations which is currently exercised at Renault. On the one hand, we will not have given a second chance to the Kadjar, despite honest sales figures. Corn the comparison with the insolent success of the Peugeot 3008 will have been fatal to it. On the other hand, we seem convinced internally, if the information were to be verified, that future customers would have no problem becoming the owner of an SUV bearing the name of a monospace, a category of cars that has become totally obsolete these days.
In the same way, we are entitled to wonder if Renault made the right choice to renew the name Mégane, intimately linked to the world of thermal vehicles for 25 years in the collective imagination, for its new 100% electric model. By way of comparison, Volkswagen did not risk referring to the Golf or the Tiguan to identify its recent virtuous range (ID.3, ID.4, ID.5). Finally, by 2024/2025, it is the Renault 5 which will orchestrate its big comeback, in the form of a 100% electric city car. If the magic is sure to operate in its home market, what is the real international influence of the R5, which disappeared from the catalog for more than 30 years? Is not the Fiat 500 who wants!
Finally the right horse
To come back to the future Space, or at least to the 7-seater version of the Austral, this will be based on a platform close to the new Nissan X-Trail, expected next summer. She should pick up some micro-hybrid engines, but will mainly rely on the new 200 hp classic hybrid block, soon inducted by Austral, before a rechargeable technology, 280 hp strong, does not appear in the longer term.
State-of-the-art multimedia environment, on board
In terms of style, he will resume the essence of the silhouette of the Renault Austral, via an elongated template of about twenty centimeters to evolve around 4.70 m long. On board, we should also find the dashboard of his little brother, itself extrapolated from the electric Mégane. 4k quality screens are likely to equip the cockpit, arounda digital environment developed in partnership with Google.
Renault Espace future price
Spear during 2023, the future Renault Espace or Grand Austral, will be assembled in Spain. Its entry-level price should approach the €34,000, according to our estimates. If Renault can fear a miss as for the name of its new SUV 7 places, the manufacturer can however be certain to have bet on good positioning, against the Peugeot 5008 and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, after having missed the mark with a Koleos of similar size, but limited to 5 places.
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