Renault has revived the Espace, billing what was once an MPV/minivan a “people carrier seating five or seven” though it now looks like an SUV.

The automaker agrees the new model has “an SUV vibe” while Esprit Alpine trim “adds a motorsports edge”.

It will continue as the Renault range’s most spacious model and an available one square metre sunroof is said to be “one of the largest on the market”.

Exterior dimensions are smaller and the new model is 215kg lighter than its predecessor. It will have a 200hp E-Tech full self charging hybrid powertrain and fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100km gives it up to 1,100 km of range. CO2 emissions are 104 grams per kilometre.

It is built on the Alliance’s purpose-designed CMF-CD platform and comes with 32 driver assistance systems. Multi-Sense and 4Control Advanced, a four wheel steering system, are available.

Orders will begin later this spring.