Twenty years after inventing the world’s first compact MPV, the Scenic, it has since sold five million units, including 22,000 in Ireland since 1996. Renault has completely overhauled its offering in the segment with the fourth generation of its iconic model. The French carmaker says that it inherits the hallmarks of versatility, space, user-friendliness and travelling enjoyment that helped it to become such a success story. The new models will be in Irish dealerships from mid-January.
Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, and based on 2011’s R-Space concept, the all-new Scenic and Grand Scenic receive 20-inch wheels as standard across the range – unique in its segment and aiding its ground-breaking design.
The five-seat all-new Scenic (pricing starts from €26,000) and the seven-seat Grand Scenic (with an entry price of 228,400) will be available with an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen which is another segment-first. They will also feature Multisense technology which enables the driver to alter the driving setup and cabin ambience. And Renault says that the new Scenic models will have ‘One-Touch Folding’ rear seats – controllable from the boot or dash via the R-Link system, which make it easier and quicker than ever to fold rear seats flat to transport larger items. It also boasts that the all-new Scenic has the biggest storage capacity and boot space in its class.
Renault says that the new model employs a number of high-end technologies and safety features drawn from the segment above, many of which are standard across the range such as Automatic Electronic Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and automatic high/low beam.
It adds that a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines is available from launch, with emissions as low as 100 g/km.
The All-New Scenic range provides a choice of three diesel engines, mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or to 6- or 7-speed EDC automatic transmission, plus one petrol engine which drives through a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The list of available engines includes: the Energy TCe 115 (petrol) which delivers powerful performance thanks to its turbocharger. It is responsive at low engine speeds and combines claimed low fuel consumption with acclaimed driving enjoyment.
The Energy dCi 110 (diesel). Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed EDC dual clutch automatic transmission, this 110hp powerplant provides claimed exceptional fuel economy, with CO2 emissions as low as 100 g/km. Another diesel option is the Energy dCi 130. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, this 130hp powerplant is especially suited to everyday motoring and meets the needs of owners who are looking for economy while still being treated to first class driving enjoyment.
Finally, the diesel line-up is rounded-off with the Energy dCi 160 EDC. This responsive, sprightly and nicely-balanced package packs Twin Turbo technology and boasts peak power of 160hp. It is mated to 6-speed EDC dual clutch automatic transmission for even greater pleasure behind the wheel. In addition to its uncompromisingly low fuel consumption for its power output, it is smooth, dynamic and particularly efficient.
The All-New Scenic has achieved Euro NCAP’s highest score of five stars for passive safety which rates the structural elements and equipment that protect occupants when a collision cannot be avoided.
Renault says that the new Scenic stands out as a game-changer in the realm of MPVs as a vehicle that is uncompromisingly desirable, practical, efficient and high-tech, while also meeting the needs of families
Later, the new Scenic will also be offered with Renault’s innovative Hybrid Assist engine electrification technology which will be available with the model’s core-range dCi 110 diesel unit and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. When it becomes available, Renault Ireland will offer the Hybrid Assist. However, with current VRT and Road Tax structure offering little benefit compared to full hybrid drivetrains, they expect a low take up of this version.
Finally, Renault’s 171 offer applies to orders taken on new Scenic and Grand Scenic, including 3 years free servicing, 5 years warranty & roadside assistance.