The fifth generation of the well-known MPV has become even more interesting as it adopted the latest design language and even some crossover cues, and continues to be an impressive offering in the segment in terms of technology as well.
You can have the Espace in flagship Initiale Paris trim and with a feisty 1.6-liter Energy TCe 200 – making 200 hp. But starting with the 2017 model year, that won’t be the case anymore because the top power version of the Espace has been updated to gain the automaker’s “all-new Energy TCe 225.” It comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission, and comes to replace the former 200 hp version, packing some 225 horsepower now.
The engine has been developed by Renault Sport and it’s actually the same as the one found in the Clio RS, but now the Energy TCe 225 comes with 225 PS (165 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. The model retains its credentials though, with 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers (34.6 miles per gallon) on average according to the NEDC cycle. Available for the Zen, Intense and Initiale Paris versions, the TCe 225 is not the only novelty for the 2017 model year – there are also new 18- and 19-inch alloys, a new color (Titanium Grey), as well as and Grey leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the inside.