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Renault launches 2011 Espace

Renault has given its Espace MPV a subtle facelift for 2011 with upgraded features including LED lights and new equipment such as Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation. Available to order from 8th November 2010 and in showrooms from January 2011, prices start at £24,495 for the Espace with the Grand Espace costing from £28,495.

The engine range has also been modified following the introduction of Euro 5 legislation. The two-litre dCi diesel is available in a choice of two power outputs: dCi 150 and dCi 175, the latter mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The combined cycle CO2 emissions of the core dCi 150 engine have been reduced by 18g/km from 188g/km to 170g/km, thanks principally to work on combating friction and revised gear ratios. Versions with automatic transmission boast lower emissions and now claim 189g/km of CO2.

A new range structure includes the Dynamique TomTom with a high standard of safety and comfort-enhancing features along with seven identically comfortable seats and a modular interior layout. Its extensive list of features includes sport-style upholstery featuring extra side support and exclusive Teflon protection, the fully-integrated Carminat TomTom Live navigation, as well as a new gloss black interior trim.

In addition to the high levels of core equipment, one of the Espace's key strengths, its almost limitless modularity, remains intact, thanks to 10 aluminium tracks in the floor which enable the interior and boot space to be adapted in line with the number of passengers and luggage being carried.

On the outside, the headlights now incorporate LED daytime running lights and the range of seven body colours includes a Pearl Blue. There are also new 17-inch Eptius and Novadis alloy wheels. Notable options includes an opening tailgate window for £320, bi-xenon directional headlights at £650, and the perfect accompaniment for children, a DVD system with two 16.9-inch screens integrated into the rear of the front headrests for £1,500. Lastly, thanks to a vast surface area of 2.46 square metres, the electric panoramic glass sunroof at £1,300, provides an exceptionally bright cabin and impressive view out for all passengers.

An optional, lavish Initiale Lux Pack is also available for £3,500 on the top-of-the-range Grand Espace dCi 175 Auto FAP. Among its many items are multi-functional TunePoint for portable music players, Carminat TomTom Western Europe mapping, metallic paint, front parking sensors and full leather upholstery. Four rear seats with armrests are fitted in place of five, for even greater levels of space.

Full pricing for the Espace and Grand Espace 2011 range is given below. The cost to upgrade from Espace to Grand Espace is £1,500.

Model Engine CO2 g/km MPG combined BIK OTR Price
Espace Dynamique TomTom 2.0 dCi 150 FAP 170 43.5 25% £24,495
  2.0 dCi 175 FAP Automatic 189 39.2 28% £26,995
Grand Espace Dynamique TomTom 2.0 dCi 150 FAP 170 43.5 25% £25,995

2.0 dCi 175 FAP


189 39.2 28% £28,495


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