Renault is gradually changing the design of its model range. Next in autumn 2016, Scénic and Grand Scénic will arrive with a completely new look. Thanks to the flowing silhouette, broad shoulders, characterful LED headlights and 20-inch smooth-running wheels, the duo clearly stands out from the van monotony.
Despite the stylish outer skin, the Scénic brothers continue to offer a spacious and versatile interior. The trunk of the compact version swallows 572, that of the five-seater Grand even 765 liters. There is also a 13-liter storage compartment that can be moved lengthways between the seats, a 11,5-liter glove compartment and compartments in the underbody. A third row of seats and thus seven seats are available as options for the 4,60 meter long XL-Scénic.
The Scénics engine range includes two turbo petrol engines with 84 kW / 115 PS and 96 kW / 130 PS as well as three diesel units with 81 kW / 110 PS, 96 kW / 130 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS. All engines are offered with a manual six-speed gearbox, for the dCi 110 and the dCi 160 there are alternatively dual clutch gearboxes with seven or six stages available.
In addition, Renault will offer a diesel hybrid drive for the Scénic, in which an electric motor supports the 110 PS diesel engine when accelerating and from low engine speeds. The electricity for the electric machine comes from a 48-volt battery that is charged by recuperation when braking and coasting. The standard consumption should be 3,5 liters.
The Scénic, which has already been ennobled with five stars at the EuroNCAP, was also upgraded in terms of security technology. There is a radar and camera-based emergency braking system as standard, which, if necessary, slows down to a standstill if there is a risk of an impending collision with a pedestrian. This function is active in the speed range between 7 and 60 km / h. Traffic sign recognition with speed warning is also part of the basic equipment. Optionally, the safety equipment can also be upgraded with Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Distance Cruise Control and High Beam Assistant. (Mario Hommen / SP-X)