The stylish MPV turned semi-crossover has reached the 2017 model year at home in France and this brings a few updates – most notably a new gasoline engine.
The French automaker has decided to ditch the turbocharged 1.6-liter mill featuring 200 horsepower and go against the downsizing current by installing a new 1.8-liter unit. In case it rings a bell it’s because this is the same engine used inside the reborn Alpine A110 sports car, which makes use of the exact same four cylinder. The RWD Porsche Cayman fighter does have the upper hand because it has 252 horsepower and 320 Newton-meters of torque, whereas the 2017 Renault Espace has been treated to a less feisty-more comfort version with 225 hp and 300 Nm. It’s still 25 hp and 40 Nm above the previous version, so the upgrade is valid.
The new Energy TCe 225 has the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint resolved in 7.6 seconds, and comes a full second faster in the 80 to 120 kph bracket in sixth gear, with 5.7 seconds. The new unit, reworked by Renault Sport from the 1.6-liter with larger displacement and redesigned air intake system adds no more than five kilos of weight and is mated to an updated version of the seven-speed EDC automatic transmission with revised gear ratio.