The 2016 Geneva Motor Show saw Renault take the wraps off the All-New Scénic, a striking, compact MPV with pioneering proportions and, in an unprecedented move, 20-inch wheels as the standard fitment across the range. It is now the turn of the new Grand Scénic to break cover and extend the Scénic line-up.
The All-New Grand Scénic, a family vehicle par excellence, comes with either five or seven seats and features a fresh approach in term of its design, including:
Cabin modularity and travelling comfort – which are two strengths that have helped to forge the Scénic’s reputation – have been thought through to ensure that the needs of families are met even more closely. A One Touch Folding Seat function allows the rear seats to be folded automatically to obtain a flat floor and facilitate loading. Meanwhile, the new Grand Scénic is 24cm longer than the new Scénic and consequently boasts extra boot space and carrying capacity compared with its sibling: 718dm3 VDA (five-seat version) for an extra 222dm3 VDA compared with the new Scénic.
The new Grand Scénic comes with a comprehensive suite of driver aids too, including Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment for the first time in the segment. The list continues with technologies from the next segment up, such as Multisense experience, a R-Link 2 multimedia tablet complete with a large 8.7-inch display and a full-colour head-up display. Last but by no means least, the fourth generation of the model can be specified with Renault’s Hybrid Assist electrified diesel engine.
The All-New Scénic and All-New Grand Scénic (five or seven seats) will be available for sale before the end of the year 2016.
The final UK model-line up, version specifications and pricing will be communicated nearer to the on sale date later in 2016.
Unprecedented: 20-inch wheels for all versions
Probably the most groundbreaking feature of the new Scénic’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 Scénic 3’s 17-inch tyres – the new Scénic’s tyres ensure a level of ride comfort that is amongst the market’s very best.
Genuine travelling comfort for up to seven occupants
A comfortable, judiciously-designed modular cabin
The new Grand Scénic can be specified with either five or seven seats, with all passengers benefiting from the same careful attention to travelling comfort that has forged the Scénic’s reputation over the years. The occupant-friendly modular cabin features a long list ingenious solutions and equipment designed to meet the needs of modern families.
The Easy Life sliding centre console – a hallmark of the Scénic – has evolved in order to cover the new requirements of both front and rear passengers, providing up to 13 litres of storage capacity. The front part of the console offers a lit stowage area protected by a sliding cover, plus an integrated armrest, underneath which can be found two USB ports, an SD card slot, an audio jack socket and a 12-volt power supply (depending on equipment level). Rear passengers have access to two USB ports, an audio jack socket, a 12V socket and their own dedicated storage space.
Additional carrying capacity and a bigger boot compared with the new Scénic
The new Grand Scénic, which is 24cm longer than the new Scénic, provides additional carrying capacity and a bigger boot in comparison with its sibling. With the rear seats in their rearmost position, the carrying capacity of the five-seat version is 718dm3 VDA (equivalent to 765 litres). Total carrying capacity can be extended to 866dm3 VDA with the rear seats pushed fully forward. The new Grand Scénic also comes with a sliding luggage cover.
With a total additional stowage capacity of 63 litres, the new Grand Scénic stands out as the class leader in the long compact MPV segment. In addition to the Easy Life sliding centre console, the new Scénic boasts several other ingenious stowage solutions for an additional capacity of 38.5 litres. This is achieved notably by retaining the four underfloor compartments that have always been particularly appreciated by families.
In the back, the new Grand Scénic is equipped with Easy Life folding tables (standard or optional, depending on market) which are ideal for family use on longer journeys. In the deployed position, it is possible to attach electronic tablets of different sizes. When folded, there is a small storage area that can accommodate a mobile phone, a gaming console or perhaps crayons. The two USB ports at the rear of the sliding centre console mean electronic devices can be used without time restraints.
The impressive array of family-focused equipment inside the new Grand Scénic continues with sunblinds for rear passengers, either as standard equipment or available as an option, depending on version.
Advanced technology for a reassuring driving experience
Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection fitted as standard – unique in the segment
For the first time in the compact MPV segment, the new Grand Scénic – like the new Scénic – features Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment. This driving aid functions across a speed range of 5mph to 37mph (7kph to 60kph) and is complementary to conventional Active Emergency Braking (AEBS City and Inter-Urban).
Hybrid Assist available for the All-New Grand Scénic
The new Grand Scénic is available with a choice of five diesel powerplants – including an electrified Hybrid Assist engine – and two petrol engines (depending on market). Hybrid Assist, which comprises an electric generator and a 48-volt battery, recovers deceleration energy, thereby allowing the electric motor to assist the internal combustion engine. The benefit is more responsive performance and a lower fuel consumption.