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Yep, they're the trim levels that they used for a time. Nowadays the trim levels have names, such as 'Authentique', 'Dynamique' and 'Privilege.' Rumour has it that the letters come from the word 'Renault', the first letter ('R') is always the first letter of the word, while the second letter is a consonant picked from later in the word (thank you Carol Vorderman.)
That leaves you with RN RL and RT. When they wanted to go one higher than RT, they came up with RXE, even though it doesn't fit the pattern.
It may be an urban myth, or it may be true. Take it as you find it
Yup, and just to make it more confusing in mainland europe they didnt use RXE, they used RT-X ... until it was adopted as an additional model in the UK between RT and RXE.
Not all designations were available on all models ... ie the Espace2 and early Espace3's were RN, RT, RXE, while the Clio1 was RL, RN, RT ... they only used "names" to signify special editions ... ie Espace2 Family/ Helios was a RN with 5 seats and some bits from the RT, while a Champs Elysees/ Alize was a RT with 6 or 7 seats and the trim spec of the RXE but ABS was extra ... the Helios and the Alize became models in there own right some time later.
Life is too short for this ...
Why is it the older I get .... the better I think I was ?
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