Renault will have a new large Espace MPV/minivan in 2014 and will replace the current D segment Laguna line in 2016.
The Espace has already been signed off and Beatrice Foucher, head of product planning at Renault, said the Laguna was at the very early stages.
“I know in my mind what it should be. It needs to be different without being bizarre,” she said, adding that Renault needs a traditional 4.9m sedan and wagon but they need to be more innovative than the current model.
The R-Space, unveiled here in Geneva, gives some clues to how next generation MPVs will look in terms of family space, she revealed, but is not a preview of the new Espace which will be a full seven seater.
The 2016 Laguna is expected to be developed alongside Renault Samsung’s next Latitude and SM5.
Also in the pipeline is a new crossover, drawn from Alliance partner Nissan’s success with the Qashqai/Dualis.
Foucher said that she would also like to see the Alpine brand revived. “But we have to have a car to fit the brand – and not just one car but two or three in the range.” A decision on Alpine has not yet been taken.