Hey fellow froggers
I spotted this article in the local paper and thought you maybe interested, I wonder if Renault Australia are leaking a few stories out to test the market or people think the Espace IV like this reporter should be hitting our shores........
Manningham Leader July 14 2004 Victoria
Renault mover a safe bet
Espace IV was recently credited with a EuroNCAP five-star crash test rating.
By Peter Barnwell
RENAULT is about to launch a new people mover into an increasingly competitive segment. We have already seen the Mitsubishi Grandis and Honda Odyssey, and the Renault Espace IV can't be far off.
It has been in Europe for about 20 years with more than one million soldEspace IV was recently credited with a EuroNCAP five-star crash test rating, scoring 35.11 points, the highest ever. The maximum possible score is 37.
This is a new design with a more masculine look, which Renault says "evokes both dynamism and stability". According to Renault, thecabin is "inspired by the world of contemporary architecture and furniture design".
Espace's flat floor pan makes it possible to configure cabin space in many ways and to take up to seven people. In some models, each passenger gets special attentionótemperature control is individual in the front and back, and the volume and layout of storage spaces have been improved on the previous model.
Braking efficiency and fade resistance, as well as roadholding, have been improved. A restraint system that is equally effective for all seats has been installed, and overall forward visibility has been increased.
The vehicle also offers a new generation of electronic stability control with understeer control logic as well as traction control. The back seats have three- point seat-mounted safety belts and an anti-submarining bar in the cushion.
Espace offers several engines, though we will probably see only one.
In Europe, the choice is three petrol engines and three common-rail turbodiesels, coupled with a manual six-speed gearbox or an automatic five-speed flick-shift transmission. Like all Renault passenger vehicles, more than 90 per cent of the Espace's weight is recyclable.
Two versions are available - Espace and Grand Espace, which is 200mm longer.