2015 Renault Scenic-1

The Renault Scenic has been officially unveiled at the Geneva motor show. The new Scenic now carries a mix between an MPV and a crossover. As mentioned previously, the MPV is inspired by the R-Space concept car that first appeared in Geneva in 2011.

While it may not look like it, the new Scenic is actually larger than its predecessor. Based on the Common Module Family (CMF C/D) platform, it measures in at 4,406 mm long, 1,865 mm wide and 1,653 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,734 mm. Ground clearance of the new Scenic is now up by 40 mm (170 mm).

Outside, the MPV has a lower roof line, shorter rear overhang (compared to its predecessor). Inspirational designs carried over from the R-Space concept include the steeply-raked windscreen and short bonnet. The three-part screen – a first for the scenic – is carried over from the Espace. Overall the MPV is now more aerodynamically efficient.

Additionally, the Scenic now gains distinctive lighting signature. Depending on variants, the C-shaped front lights will feature LED Pure Vision technology. At the back, the tail lamps get Edge Light technology for a 3D effect. All variants now come with 20-inch wheels as standard, allowing the Scenic to appear taller.

As for colours, the two-tone livery is available as an option. The roof can be had in two different colours; Cassiopee Grey, while an Etoile Black roof can be matched with nine different body paint schemes. The side mirrors and windscreen pillars are matched with the colour of the roof.

Inside, the Scenic’s dashboard employs the use of foam-backed materials and chrome beading. It’s driver-centric and uncluttered as well. Meanwhile, there’s a Multi-Sense button on the dashboard’s centre console, with five drive settings to choose from: Neutral, Sport, Comfort, Perso and Eco. Furthermore, it gains a full-colour head-up display.

Like the Talisman and Megane, an 8.7-inch R-Link 2 display is standard. The sliding centre console provides up to 13 litres of storage and features charging points for front occupants, while rear passengers have two USB ports, an audio jack, a 12V socket and dedicated storage space. Passengers in the back also gain a set of folding tables.

All variants get a one touch 60/40-folding second row seat, while the boot boasts a total of 572 litres. Additional stowage can be found – there’s an 11.5 litre drawer that faces the front passenger seats, and four underfloor compartments allow for a total stowage capacity of 38.5 litres.

Optional items that can be had for the new Scenic includes a choice of five interior lighting ambiences, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, sun blinds for rear passengers, eight-way electric front seats with heating and massage functions and a panoramic glass roof.

Safety tech such as active emergency braking system with pedestrian detection (AEBS), lane keeping assist (LKA) and fatigue detection warning are fitted as standard. Advanced driver assistance systems also include adaptive cruise control, land departure warning, safe distance and blind spot warning, traffic sign recognition, overspeed prevention and easy park assist.

The Scenic comes with a choice of two petrol engines; Energy TCe with 115 PS and 130 PS. The diesels are Energy dCi units that range from 95 PS to 160 PS. Engines can be paired with six-speed manual or and Efficient Dual Clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, before the end of 2016, the Energy dCi 110 diesel unit with a six-speed manual gearbox, will be available with a Hybrid Assist electric option. Said option comes with a 48-volt battery, which will enable to electric motor to support the engine, providing a boost of acceleration at low revs and lower fuel consumption.

GALLERY: 2016 Renault Scenic