The 2013 Frankfurt show is getting ready to open its doors. As you know, there’s absolutely no shortage of new metal on the stands, and adding to the long guest list is a new concept from Renault – reportedly called the Renault Initiale Paris concept – which the French carmaker teased last week.

Now, the first images have emerged. Stylish, but rather conservative for a concept – perhaps because it previews a production model that’s not too far away? After all, it was reported back in June that the successor to the Renault Espace, due next year, would be a crossover that combines MPV and SUV characteristics, and that a concept was coming to Frankfurt. This should be it, then.

At the time, Automotive News Europe reported that the production car will have high-end features in line with the French carmaker’s push to move its larger cars upmarket.

Autocar UK now says this will be done through a new ‘Initiale Paris’ luxury trim, which may spawn a sub-brand one day – yup, just like Citroen’s DS line. Additionally, it was said that this would be the first Renault to sit on the new Nissan-developed Common Module Family modular platform.