Renault Espace 2015Renault will showcase the production-ready new Espace at the Paris Motor Show 2014 – and has confirmed the pioneering MPV people carrier has now become a crossover.

Teased last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Renault Espace keeps the concept car looks previewed by the 2013 Initiale Paris show car.

Key styling features include big wheels and bold wheelarches that, in combination with the long and shallow glasshouse, give the appearance of a squat, sporty-look crossover. It’s a big contrast to the blocky, upright Espace of old.

Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker’s signature smooth surfaces are present and some rich detailing gives the new Espace a premium, upmarket appearance, certainly from these initial preview images. Exactly what Renault wants as it looks to move the brand upmarket: the Espace is a key part of this plan.

Aiming to capitalise on the huge success of models such as the Ford S-Max and Audi Q5, the new Renault Espace will continue to offer five-seater and seven-seat variants – and although we can’t yet see it, the firm is promising “ingenious interior modularity and meticulous attention” to detail.

Motoring Research will be at the Paris Motor Show 2014 to see the covers pulled off the new Renault Espace at 11am on 2 October; if you can’t be there, check out www.crossover.renault.com, where Renault is promising “an immersive experience” for the launch of the new Espace, which will incorporate both video and 3D elements. Sounds interesting…