The new Scenic made its world Premier at the Geneva Motors show.
It has been 20 years since the first generation Scenic.
Now, I am not a lover of MPV’s but when you see this car for real it’s a stunner. Renault seem to have their mojo back and are now producing some really impressive designs again. Renault have really done themselves proud with this new generation Scenic.
The first thing you notice when viewing the vehicle from the outside is that it has a premier look to the design. It no longer looks like something you had to buy because it was practical and the only affordable option at the time. This MPV has real style to it and I don’t think that it will date.
From the side view my eyes were immediately drawn to a prominent line that starts from the bottom of the front A pillar. It runs the whole length of the doors ending at the rear window where it kicks up towards the roof. At the bottom of the doors it has the now familiar Renault door moulding. This is similar to the new Clio and gives the impression to me that the car looks slighty concaved but fresh looking.
Adding to its strong modern external look are 20 inch wheels that are standard on all models. A 2 tone body colour option is available like this one with its black roof.
At the front there’s no mistaking it’s a Renault with its new signature front grill and ever bigger Renault badge. It has a friendy soft look at the front. I would guess this is perfect styling for its target family buyers.
At the rear Renault have used safe styling but it does have a nice wide opening boot.
Inside was even more impressive and undoubtably one of the best cars I have ever sat in for forward visibility through the windscreen. It felt like being at the front of a coach! The front A pillars with the quarter light windows let in so much light and the whole front and dash felt airy and bright.
The driving position was good but I wasn’t going to get too excited because it was left hand drive so I would like to see what it would be like in right hand drive form…. I am sure it will be fine.
The dashboard on the other hand is worlds away from the previous Scenic.
Take a look at the pictures:
Renault have made a major step up with the materials used.
The dashboard is a cool uncluttered affair. I was impressed with the high centre console that connects seamlessly with the portrait shaped display in the dashboard. I am so happy that Renault have done this instead of the “tablet” like screens stuck on top of the dashboard.
In the rear it is all family orientated. There is ample room in the rear for long legged passengers. It has 60/40 split rear seats, the front passenger seat back can be tipped forward to form a table (optional extra), USB ports, 12V sockets and there is a whopping 572 litres of boot space.
Scenic has Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard.
A first in this segment.
The new Scenic will be offered with 6 diesel and 2 petrol engine.
Towards the end of the year Renault will be looking to offer a Hybrid Assist electric option for the DCI 110 diesel engine.
The new Renault Scenic should be in your local UK showrooms winter 2016.
Are you in the market for a new MPV? I recommend you wait. Take a trip to your Renault dealer and have a real good look at this one when it arrives. I was sold on the exterior styling BUT it also has an interior to match.
No word yet on prices but I will expect it to be very competitive.
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