One of the most impressive vehicles brought by Renault at the Geneva Motor Show is the R-Space concept, a simple, sensuous and welcoming family vehicle that express Renault’s new design philosophy in the MPV segment. Renault said nothing about a production version, but we believe that Renault won’t bring a concept car just as a simple exercise.

"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."

the R-Space is 4.25 meters long and features a prominent grille, a panoramic windscreen and "suicide" rear doors that are already a mark for Renault’s latest concepts. The concept is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder, 110 hp, 900cc petrol engine mated to an Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC).

Hit the jump to read more about the Renault R-Space Concept.

The exterior

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The new R-Space concept is distinguished by a dynamic profile, large windscreen and panoramic roof. According to Renault the R-Space’s design language has been inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous - despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at families."

Up front Renault has placed a large, vertically-oriented Renault grille, while the body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes. The concept also gets a panoramic windscreen, 21-inch alloy wheels, "suicide" rear doors, and LED lighting units. The concept is finished in honey-gold paint.

The interior

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Interior designer Alexandre Gommier explains: "To reinterpret this idea in a modern context, we provided a strong visual and functional contrast between the driver environment, where the focus is on driving pleasure, and a surprising and highly-original rear section conceived as a play space for children."

The concept’s seats and dashboard are inspired by the DeZir concept, while the rear has been specially designed for the children. There is a play space, flexible and infinitely versatile, and formed from a simple and universal shape - the cube.

The engine

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The R-Space concept features an engine that was developed by the recent Renault-Nissan Alliance. it is a 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine that delivers 110 HP and 160Nm of torque, while consuming just just 3.7 liters/100km.

In order to improve the concept’s consumption, R-Space comes with a a system known as DRIVINGECO². With a simple push of the "Eco" button, this system automatically adapts engine response in relation to the various parameters influencing energy consumption (altitude, ambient temperature, use of heater, etc).

With a total weight of 2,866 lbs, the R-Space will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph.

The competition

Renault said nothing about a production version, but if put into production the R-Space will have serious competitors on the market. At the same show Ford has brought the B-Max, a concept powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system that will go into production by 2012.

The European market also has the Opel Meriva, a model offered with a wide range of power train options with outputs ranging from a very economical 75 HP up to 140 HP. The Meriva’s engine will be mated to a choice of five and six speed manual transmissions as well as a smooth shifting six speed automatic.

When can I buy one?

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Do not expect Renault to make a final decision on this concept by 2012, and if built a production version won’t come before 2013.

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    • The engine is not very impressive
    • The car’s front looks weird
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  (580) posted on 02.7.2012

This concept is pretty awesome. The 2011 Renault R-Space car looks so great with the gold color. I love every part of this car, especially the tires and the unique doors.

  (858) posted on 02.1.2012

The concept maybe got from space. Well, this one is not a failure instead it could be a success. The wheels are stunning that opens new possibilities in designing even in the smallest parts of the car. The roofing system is impressive. I must say, this one was filled with art.

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

Is it an electric vehicle? Well, I just only noticed that it has a weak engine output that a hybrid car can actually deliver. However, I’m so fond with its cozy and comfortable interior.

  (399) posted on 12.12.2011

It looks so futuristic on its abstract design, but I must say that it’s really very attractive on that. I also noticed that its wheels make it more looks perfect. However, I’m too disappointed on its engine.

  (397) posted on 10.26.2011

Renault R-Space is somewhat had a futuristic touch which impressed me a lot, and I have to agree that this one is already striking and looking so awesome on that body paint and with its aesthetic design.

  (256) posted on 10.4.2011

The front design gives the aggressive looks of it, and it looks so fabulous on its gold body paint. The wheels are cool either, even the interior seems to have a futuristic touch.

  (314) posted on 09.14.2011

The wheels are so cool, and I must say that it’s already the best on its gold color. The front design is unique and aggressive.

  (256) posted on 09.13.2011

The interior is so impressive, too cozy and relaxing I must also say that it is so refreshing to see this kind of car although I’m not so impressed with the front design of it.

  (530) posted on 09.13.2011

I like the concept of R-Space, from a sporty look, smooth interior space and wide-opening suicide door plus the top view on the roof.

  (580) posted on 09.8.2011

Really looking great in gold and I noticed that the wheels are so cool with it even its interior seems so great, cozy and relaxing but I’m just kinda disappointed with its engine.

  (347) posted on 08.17.2011

The wheels are so cool, and I must say that it’s already the best on its gold color. The front design is unique and aggressive. This Renault R-Space is really an eye catcher.

  (448) posted on 08.15.2011

The wheels are so cool, and I must say that it’s already the best on its gold color. The front design is unique and aggressive. This Renault R-Space is really an eye catcher.

  (579) posted on 07.26.2011

I love the fact that it has a space for the children to play although it doesn’t have a good or impressive engine. It really looks great in its color, even if the car front is so weird. I think this car will be going through an eye catcher.

  (534) posted on 05.11.2011

Well, The body shape panels of this Renault really compliments as well,But the engine is quite not impressive at all.

  (461) posted on 03.17.2011

Well, if this one does get into production, expect the final outcome to bee a trimmed down version. So don’t be surprised if some of the features here won’t make it there.

  (392) posted on 03.12.2011

I guess allmanufacturers today are busy working on its new concepts. Unfornately Renault won’t be released until end of 2012. Sigh.

  (257) posted on 03.8.2011

Well, this one is still pretty much a concept, so it is likely that they improve on this further. One thing that I do hope that they will tweak is the rear doors.

  (151) posted on 02.22.2011

I guess the guy cut from the footage the part when the driver opens the window car and tells the cop that some guy is photographing him and it is in the front of a federal building and he’s not supposed to use any camera!

  (134) posted on 02.20.2011

yeah, the design and color are the same. Hope they make a closer footage in the video. I can’t wait to see this one! See you all on Geneva smiley

  (714) posted on 02.20.2011

wow! it has the same look with the Captur! it seems that there’s a lot of thing to look forward this upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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