Renault Espace spied during hot-climate testing image

The French automaker’s large MPV continues with its extensive testing schedule, and although the camouflage aims to conceal the details, we clearly see the next-generation Espace is deeply inspired by the R-Space and Initiale Paris concept cars.

We can see in the latest batch of spy shots for the first time the arrow-like rear side-window – a clear indication the new Espace will have a design that abruptly departs form the current – boxy – styling of the van. The sloped windscreen also contributes to the more dynamic general feel of the car. Rumors pan the model’s reveal during next month’s Paris Motor Show, with sales scheduled to begin before the year’s end.

Espace also debuts on the new Renault-Nissan alliance CFM1 modular platform – one dubbed versatile enough to go down as far as the compact Megane. It will also be used on a slew of new Nissan products.

The Espace’s powertrain could also be inspired by the Initiale Paris concept, with the MPV’s weight thoroughly reduced from the current generation, while under the hood the model will feature a lineup of highly efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel turbo engines. The large van will also debut the Initiale upscale trim level – designed to rival Ford’s Vignale offerings.