3.3.2016Renault Scenic unveiled at Geneva
Renault had a busy Geneva Motor Show with the launch of two new models and a new trim level. The biggest news was the unveiling of the new Renault Scenic, bringing the original compact MPV right up to date.
Featuring crossover-lite styling, the stylish Scenic promises a spacious and flexible interior. Having had the chance to sit in one, after folding the seats, prodded the buttons and got a feel for the fit and finish of the new French MPV, the Scenic looks to deliver on its promise.
It's versatile and feels well built, while the cabin is up to the current strong Renault standards - stylish and well equipped - though the flicked-up rear window line does make for a slightly dark interior. It must be said though that the whole Renault stand wasn't the lightest of areas and this could prove no problem at all outside.
As you might expect, access is well designed with no high boot sills or complex shapes in the doors, and the short overhangs not only help the Scenic's looks and interior space, but are expected to prove beneficial in car parks and the like.
Under the bonnet, the Scenic will be fitted with the company's Enery 1.5 dCi diesel unit in six different configurations and four power levels - 95, 110, 130 and 160hp - and the Energy 1.2 TDe petrol engine with either 115 or 130hp. The lower powered petrol and diesel engines are expected to offer low emissions equal or better than the best in class - and that's before the Energy dCi 110 Hybrid Assist mild hybrid is introduced with a 48-volt electric motor arrives towards the end of the year.
The engine line-up will be similar to that of the new Megane Sport Tourer, which also saw its world premier at Geneva, though Hybrid Assist customers will have to wait until early 2017 for that to appear on both the Megane estate and hatch.
Finally, the Renault Zoe has a new Swiss Edition added to its line-up which, unsurprisingly, will only be available in Switzerland. However, it does preview a new high-end version of the all-electric Zoe that will be rolled out across the range from late 2016.
Changes include a new body colour and alloy wheels, while high-quality leather trim, three-temperature heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and Bose sound system will give the little EV a premium feel.