Renault reveals plans for new Espace

The next generation Renault Espace has already been signed off by the French manufacturer, and the large MPV could be influenced by the compact R-Space concept car showcased at Geneva.

This would means styling based on the flowing DeZir electric supercar concept, including the elongated, three-part grille and distinctive hatchback rear end.

However, Renault has stated the R-Space will give clues, but not preview a new Espace, which will be a seven-seat people carrier to go up against the Ford Grand C-Max and Vauxhall Zafira in the UK.

In five years time, Renault will introduce a new Laguna, which is ‘at the very early stages’ at the moment.

Despite the introduction of a European-spec Latitude executive saloon, Renault believes it needs a more traditional saloon and estate in its line-up.

The design needs to be more distinctive than the current model, Renault has admitted, and plans are in place to produce a new look for the next generation Renault Laguna.

Beatrice Foucher, head of product planning at Renault, said: “I know in my mind what it should be. It needs to be different without being bizarre."

A new Laguna could be built to replace the current model in 2016, but the project is still at a very early stage.

A third new model, possibly based on the Renault Captur crossover concept, could also be introduced by Renault to replicate the success Nissan has experienced with the Qashqai crossover in the UK.

The new petrol and diesel cars will be complemented by Renault’s new all-electric line-up, which is set for launch over the next 12 months.

The first four vehicles to be introduced include the Kangoo Van Z.E., Fluence saloon, Zoe supermini and compact Twizy city car.