Renault is presenting in Frankfurt the Initiale Paris concept which previews the upcoming Espace replacement.

Renault is presenting in Frankfurt the Initiale Paris concept which previews the upcoming Espace replacement.

Looking considerably more appealing than the outgoing Espace, the Initiale Paris concept has a significantly lowered roofline and rides on massive 22-inch wheels. The vehicle is 4.85 meters long and can accommodate four people, but chances are the production version will be offered with a 5+2 layout. It comes with full LED headlights with built-in daytime running lights, while at the back the taillights have been mounted in relation to the car's horizontal and vertical lines. Although it has just about the same dimensions as the Grand Espace, the Initiale Paris is 250 kg (551 lbs) lighter.

Open the rear-hinged doors and you find out the interior benefits from ambient lightning and boasts a Bose sound system with no less than 32 speakers and two subwoofers. The console is home to dual screens showing info and videos on POI in the nearby vicinity. The floor is a mixture of matt wood and aluminum, while the third row of the cabin hosts a bench made from independent mobile blades.

Powering the Initiale Paris concept is a dCi 130 diesel engine with a peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Renault says this new engine is 25 percent more economical than a diesel with similar performances and it also emits 40 g/km less CO2. The mill has one small, low-inertia turbo working during low engine speeds and a second turbo activated for higher speeds. It's connected to a six-speed EDC automatic gearbox featuring shift-by-wire control technology taken from Formula 1.

Further details can be found in the attached press release.

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Renault Initiale Paris concept goes official in Frankfurt [video]