Renault's distinctive fourth-generation Scenic range arrives in the UK this December, playing host to a raft of unique-in-class safety and technologies usually associated with the segment above. Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic range displays Renault's sensual design language with a C-shaped front lighting and unique and innovative 20-inch wheels. The All-New five seat Scenic and seven-seat Grand Scenic range, priced from £21,445 on-the-road, will be available to order from 1st December with first customer deliveries taking place later that month.
Renault invented the compact family MPV segment in 1996 and the arrival of he fourth generation signals the complete renewal of Renault's all-new family car line-up with Kadjar, Megane, Megane Sport Tourer, Scenic and Grand Scenic. The French manufacturer now has the newest model range on sale in Europe.
The All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic range
The Scenic and Grand Scenic are each offered in four trim levels that owners of other Renault vehicles will be accustomed to - Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. Each version provides a comprehensive standard specification, rising to the truly luxurious at the top-of-the-rnade.
All-New Scenic and All-New Grand Scenic are the only vehicles in the class to receive the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard.
Even from Expression+, this high-end technology is complemented by the Visio active safety system providing Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High/Low Beam headlamps. An electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, roof rails (Grand Scenic only), automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors, F1-style integrated fuel filler whereby the cap is a part of the fuel flap for ease of refuelling, leather steering wheel, 4 x 20W DAB radio with fingertip controls and an AUX input with Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen are fitted to every version.
Finally, cruise control, speed limiter, a two-way adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver seat, gear-shift indicator and a 12-volt front socket are all standard from Expression+ trim level.
The All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic remains as impressively practical as ever thanks to its modularity and class-leading storage and boot space. The five-seat All-New Scenic has a best-in-class boot volume of 572-litres with all seats in the upright position, whilst the seven-seat All-New Grand Scenic has a boot volume of 596-litres when configured with the rearmost two seats down. Other ingenious storage solutions, including four underfloor compartments, extend total storage capacity to 57-litres, placing the All-New Scenic at the top of its class by offering up to twice as much space as its competitors.
The All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic have been given a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP. Passive safety features as standard across every version in the range include six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats. Active safety features on each version in the range include Emergency Brake Assist, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with traction and understeer control and Hill Start Assist.
Dynamique Nav adds to this with further driver aids such as front and rear parking sensors, fatigue alert whereby the vehicle monitors steering control to detect tiredness and alerts the driver to take a break; and handsfree keycard with walkaway lock and welcome functionality. This convenience function enables the driver to walkway without needing to press anything on the key and the car will lock, the door mirrors will fold in and the headlights will turn off. When the driver returns to the car with the key, the car will unlock, the door mirrors will unfold and the lights will turn on.
Renault's Multi-Sense convenience system enabling the driver to personalise their driving experience is also standard on the Dynamique Nav and above. There are five modes to select within the unique system to alter the driving set up and interior ambiance - Neutral, Comfort, Eco, Perso and Sport. Multi-Sense can be used to modify the accelerator pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colours and - where fitted - the speed of the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gear changes. The system is accessed via the R-LINK 2 display through a button on the centre console. To the interior, Dynamique Nav gains a sliding centre console providing 13-litres of storage with four USB ports and AUX input shared between front and rear passengers, Arkamys 3D Sound 4x35W DAB radio and a seven-inch touchscreen housing the R-Link" multimedia system providing satellite navigation with live traffic updates and Western European mapping.
Backseat passengers are well-catered for with rear-mounted avaition-style tables on front seats, one-touch easy folding rear seats - activated either directly inside the boot or via R-Link2 multimedia system in the front, LED reading lights, sunblinds and cupholders.
Puddle lighting under the door mirrors and chrome detailing along the side window line, tailgate and front grille help the Dynamique Nav to further stand out.
The Dynamique S Nav provides unique-in-segment features such as an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen housing the R-Link2 multimedia system and a head-up colour display, rear parking camera, panoramic glass roof with electric sunblind, electrochrome rearview mirror, extra tinted windows to the rear and tailgate and, standard on dCi 160 EDC Automatic versions only, a BOSE 11-speaker sound system.
The top of the range Signature Nav features Carbon Black leather upholstery with Nappa leather steering wheel, electrically-operate height and lumbar adjustment to driver and front passenger seats with a courtesy function, driver's seat position memory function, full LED headlights with 'See Me Home' function and front fog lights with cornering function.
All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic are available with a range of safety and convenience features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot and Safe Distance warnings, Handsfree Parking and 360-degree parking sensors.
There are six high-value equipment packages available, to personalise the All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic, depending on version.
Optional personalisation packages
The Safety Pack delivers Lane Keeping Assist and Safe Distance Warning, while Safety Pack Premium adds Adaptive Cruise Control on top. The parking Pack Premium includes Handsfree parking, 360-degree parking sensors and blind spot warning.
Look Pack Premium provides a panoramic glass roof with electrically operated sunblind, extra tinted rear and tailgate windows and an electrochrome rearview mirror. The BOSE Pack adds a BOSE sound system with eleven speakers including an amplifier and subwoofer.
The Leather Pack Premium provides full leather upholstery, driver and front passenger seats with electric height and lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, driver seat with position memory and courtesy functions and front passenger seat with ISOFIX and underseat storage.
Depending on trim level, other options include rear parking camera, full LED headlights, 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen, Nappa leather steering wheel and metallic paint.
Built at the Douai plant in Northern France alongside Talisman and Espace, All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic uses the Renault-Nissan Alliance's versatile new Common Module Family (CMF) architecture, which is used on the All-New Megane, Kadjar, Espace and Talisman. The platform allows a wide range of cars of different sizes to be created using a variety of modules consisting of out-of-view parts, and is based around five available modules: cockpit, engine bay, front underbody, rear underbody and electronic architecture.
At launch there is a choice of five engines on offers - two Energy TCe turbocharged petrol options with capacities and power outputs of 1.2litre/115hp (manual only) and 1.2 litre/130hp (manual only). The turbodiesel alternatives are a 1.5-litre dCi 110 unit (manual or EDC), a 1.6-litre dCi 130 engine (manual only) or a 1.5-litre dCi 160 engine (EDC only).
New Hybrid Assist version
From Spring 2017, Renault's innovative Hybrid Assist engine electrification technology will be available with the model's popular dCi 110 diesel unit and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The electric motor is powered by a 48-volt battery which takes over some of the work of the internal combustion engine to provide low fuel consumption and CO" emissions without compromising the driving enjoyment and performance delivered by the dCi 110 engine. During deceleration, the Motor Generation Unit recovers energy for use by vehicle's electrical system and for storing in the system's independent battery. It also serves as a 10kW motor which functions in association with the internal combustion engine when the driver re-accelerates. Hybrid Assist allows fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to be reduced by approximately 8 to 10 per cent in comparison with the standard dCI 110 engine. The Hybrid Assist versions of All-New Scenic and Grand Scenic will have class-leading emissions of 92 g/km of CO2 and NEDC (combined) economy of 80.7mpg.
An Efficient Dual Cluth (EDC) six-speed automatic gearbox is avaialble with dCi 110 and dCi 160 engines. The dCi 110 EDC Automatic provides emissions as low as 104 g/km of CO2, compared to 100 g/km of CO2 for the manual version. The dCi 160 EDC Automatic offers 118 g/km of CO2.
Thanks to the engine's Stop&Start system, which is standard on all models, the availablity of a double-clutch EDC transmission, an ECO driving mode which optimises the engine's performance when cruising and the Renault Driving eco2 feature to help owners adopt a more economical driving style and standard brake energy recovery, the five engines and two transmissions from launch offer fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg (NEDC Combined), with CO2 emissions as low as 100 g/km.
All versions are covered by Renault's four year warranty. The car is protected for four years of 100,000 miles (first two years have no mileage limit). There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years' cover against corrosion. Servicing is required once a year or every 18,000 miles.
UK ordering opens on 1st December, with customer deliveries arriving later in that month.