The new Renault Scenic is a modern, assertive MPV that will be bought not only for the driving enjoyment it delivers, but also for the comfort the whole family will be able to enjoy whilst travelling. The design and appeal of the new Renault Scenic breaks away from conventional MPV cues thanks to the new model’s unprecedented proportions, the fitment of 20-inch wheels across the range and a head-turning two-tone colour scheme that is unprecedented in the segment. True to its DNA, the new Scenic meets the needs of families. It takes the modularity that forged the success of the model’s earlier generations to a new level to make everyday motoring even easier, including a One Touch Folding system for the rear seats.
It will ride on the CMF-C platform and will borrow the engine lineup from the all-new Megane. On the gasoline side there’s going to be a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.2-liter while the diesel range will encompass the familiar 1.5- and 1.6-liter dCi units. Chances are that later in the Scenic’s life cycle there will be a hybrid diesel derivative offering superior fuel economy.
Compared to the Scenic 3, the car is 1.57 inches (40 millimeters) longer and 0.78 inches (20 mm) wider. Based on the R-Space concept, it comes with steeply-raked windscreen, short bonnet, and C-shaped headlights which, depending on the trim level, can benefit from LED technology. Speaking of trim levels, the French marque says that 20-icnh wheels with 195/55 tires will be standard on all models, while the two-tone exterior paint will be optionally available.
Probably the most ground-breaking feature of the new Scenic’s design is the fitment of 20-inch wheels as standard across the range. These narrower wheels (195mm) are both a technological and styling innovation. With a sidewall height of 107mm – equivalent to that of the Scenic 3’s 17-inch tyres – the new Scenic’s tyres ensure a level of ride comfort that is amongst the market’s very best. This bold design choice was a key guiding principle behind the project from the start. Indeed, these large wheels make an active contribution to the car’s balanced proportions and are customisable on demand thanks to a comprehensive choice of rims and inserts, called ‘add-ons’. These rims and add-ons have also been devised to save weight and streamline the car’s aerodynamics, which leads to lower fuel consumption. The unique size of these wheels (195/55 R20), and the fitment of specifically developed tyres for lower energy consumption and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, also guarantee class-leading rolling resistance. The new Renault Scenic’s CdA of 0.775 represents an improvement of 0.065 over that of the Scenic 3 (0.840).
The new Scenic offers six diesel engine options and two petrol alternatives:
• The Energy dCi 95 with a six-speed manual gearbox
• The Energy dCi 110 with a six-speed manual gearbox
• The Energy dCi 110 Hybrid Assist with a six-speed manual gearbox
• The Energy dCi 110 with EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) seven-speed automatic transmission
• The Energy dCi 130 with a six-speed manual gearbox
• The Energy dCi 160 with EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) six-speed automatic transmission
• The Energy TCe 115 with a six-speed manual gearbox
• The Energy TCe 130 with a six-speed manual gearbox