2011 Renault Espace prices announced

The Espace and larger Grand Espace are no stranger to UK roads after first being released 26 years ago and enjoying sales of more than 1.2 million.

Renault has added new styling and more equipment to the people carrier for the latest update and improved the diesel engine technology to reduce CO2 emissions.

On the outside, the subtle changes include new LED daytime running lights and 17" alloy wheels. A new body colour, Pearl Blue has been added to the six existing body colour choices.

Inside, TomTom satellite navigation has been added to the equipment list along with new upholstery, gloss back trim and ten aluminium tracks to allow the seats to be moved into a number of different configurations.

The equipment can be boosted with optional extras such as an opening tailgate window, bi-xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof or a DVD system with rear headrest screens.

An optional pack adding metallic paint, satellite navigation, front parking sensors and full leather upholstery can be specified on top range models for an extra £3,500.

While prices for the new Renault Espace MPV are lower than previous models at £24,495, driving costs are also lowered with the introduction of a new 2.0-litre diesel engine.

Delivering either 150 or 175bhp, the dCi powerplant lowers emissions by 18g/km to 170g/km for manual versions.

An automatic transmission is matched to the larger of the two engines, with prices starting at £26,995.

Buyers also have the choice to upgrade to the larger, seven-seat Renault Grand Espace. Available with the same engine choice, the Grand Espace starts at £25,995 for the 150bhp manual and £28,495 for the automatic model.

Renault will take orders for the Espace and Grand Espace from 8 November and the first deliveries will take place in January 2011.