We brought you spy shots last week – and now we can show you the first official pictures of Renault’s sensational R-Space.
The car points to the look of the next Scenic, and is the work of new design chief Laurens van der Acker. It’s the third of six concepts promised from the Dutchman, and follows the DeZir sports car and Captur junior SUV.
The team behind the R-Space was tasked with adding sporty appeal to a market sector in which practicality usually takes priority.
Inside, instead of rear seats, 27 powered cubes can be raised or lowered to form everything from a huge flat luggage bay to booster seats or a conventional rear bench.
Under the bonnet is a 900cc turbocharged Energy TCe petrol powerplant. This previews the firm’s future engine line-up, and promises 109bhp and 160Nm of torque. It’s mated to a dual-clutch manual gearbox, and claims 95g/km CO2 emissions and 76.5mpg.
The car also has a system which monitors traffic lights and anything else that has an effect on speed. It then advises on the most fuel-friendly way of driving. Don’t miss next week’s issue for a special report on how we helped build the R-Space for Geneva!