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Generation Gap: Renault Espace Edition

Welcome to Generation Gap where we ask you about your favorite generation of a certain multi-generational car nameplate. Then, explain why your choice is right to the rest of us uneducated folks.


Last week we took a look at the Nissan Quest, one of the quintessential minivans rooted in the childhood of many American millennials. Today, we cross the pond to take a look at what Nissan’s French partner has offered over the years.

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When it was first introduced in 1984, the Espace was revolutionary. Inspired by a Chrysler one-box concept in the ‘70s, Matra developed the “Dessin Orange”, literally, an “orange drawing” done by Antoine Volanis which foreshadowed the upcoming Espace. After troubles with PSA, Matra took the whole shebang to Renault who let Matra build it until 2002. Today, the Espace has evolved from an MPV to a Chevy Traverse-equivalent. Which do you prefer? The original “Dessin Orange” or the new Murano-esque crossover?

The options:

Espace I (1984 - 1991) w/ facelift


Espace II (1991 - 1997)

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Espace III (1996 - 2002)

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Espace IV (2002 - 2014) w/ facelifts

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Espace V (2015 - Present)

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