Renault has updated the Espace for the 2017 model year with a revised engine line-up and equipment list. The former sees the introduction of an Energy TCe 225 EDC engine that replaces the Energy TCe 200 EDC unit.

The new 1.8 litre turbocharged unit, which was first featured on the Alpine A110, generates 225 hp and 300 Nm of torque. This is more than the outgoing 1.6 litre turbo mill that only comes with 200 hp and 260 Nm. A seven-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission continues to be of service as before.

With the power hike, the Espace will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds, a second faster than the Energy TCe 200 EDC-equipped version. The downside here is a slight bump in fuel consumption (6.8 litres per 100 km) compared to the Energy TCe 200 EDC unit (6.2 litres per 100 km).

Returning engines options include a pair of turbodiesels – Energy dCi 130 (130 hp/320 Nm) and Energy dCi 160 EDC (160 hp/380 Nm) – with the latter receiving the same dual-speed ‘box, and the former with a six-speed manual.

Styling wise, Titanium Grey joins the list of available body colours (eight metallic, one non-metallic), and there are two new wheel options to choose from – 18-inch Argonaute wheels (replaces the 18 inch Lapiaz wheels) and 19-inch Black Quartz wheels (replaces the 19-inch Quartz Diamanté wheels).

The cabin also gets an upgrade with ventilated front seats, new upholstery and improved LED lighting. The R-Link 2 infotainment system also gains support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus remote access with the new MY Renault app.