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The Renault Espace is a series of
1984 Espace 2000 TSE
The Espace's design was originally conceived in the 1970s by the British designer
The Espace was originally intended to be sold as a
In 1978, six years before the Espace went into production, Chrysler UK and Simca were sold to the French company
The Matra concept became the Renault Espace. The design featured a
The Espace was eventually launched by Renault in July 1984. After a slow start, a mere nine Espaces were sold in the first month, consumers realised the benefits of the
To accommodate the diesel engine, these have a protruding grille and a correspondingly larger front bumper.
Plans for the Espace to be launched in the United States ended with the purchase of AMC by Chrysler. In 2004,
Building upon its success, the Espace was revamped in 1988, with most of the Talbot/Simca content being replaced by equivalent Renault parts. The chassis and mechanical components of the car remained largely unchanged.
The most obvious cosmetic exterior difference, between the very first Espaces and the revamped post 1988 models, were the changed headlights: the forward slanting lights with orange indicator casing of the original Espace were replaced with backward slanting lights, with a clear indicator casing.
Along with the changes in design, a four wheel drive version called Quadra was also introduced.
Brazilian Ford Concessionaire Grancar, in cooperation with Toni Bianco, developed a faithful copy of the original Espace in Brazil in 1990. Called the Grancar Futura, it was powered by four-cylinder engines (AP1800/AP2000) from
With Renault upset about intellectual property infringement and market liberalization undercutting the car's raison d'être, the Futura came to an end in the end of 1991, after 159 cars had been built.