This is how Renault's design boss Laurens Van Den Acker explains the mission of the R-Space MPV concept. The third model in the company's circle of life series of concepts, the R-Space explores the car as family vehicle. Exterior designer Fabrice Pouille says that the brief was to design a monospace vehicle incorporating the ingredients of the Dezir sports car concept, to give it "a lot of expression."

"There's a lot of softness in the volumes and graphics," he says, a key theme of the exterior being a flowing "liquidity", which can be seen in the swoopy shapes in the side windows.