2009 Geneva Auto Show - Renault Unveils New Scenic And Grand Scenic
GENEVA, Switzerland, 3 March, 2009 - Following the launches of New Mégane Hatch and Coupé, Renault will further extend the Mégane line-up this spring with the introduction of New Grand Scénic, followed by the release of New Scénic.
Building on the success of Scénic I and Scénic II, and benefiting from its unrivalled expertise when it comes to user-friendly interiors, cabin space and travelling comfort, Renault is poised to renew the compact MPV segment's standard-setting model with the launch of New Grand Scénic (with seven seats) and New Scénic (five seats).
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic both feature dynamic, distinctive styling, while their roomy interiors, stowage solutions and high-tech equipment are destined to set new standards in their category.
TWO DISTINCT PROFILES WITH SIMILARLY FLUID LINES
Renault customers benefit from a choice of two MPVs which each have their own distinctive personalities. New Scénic and New Grand Scénic both feature taut, fluid lines that sweep across the generously-proportioned body panels to exude a sense of dynamism and robustness. Yet while the design of both versions shares an undeniable family likeness with the New Mégane’s other models, their profiles are quite different.
Like Mégane Coupé, New Scénic features a central grille flanked by satin-effect chrome finish air intakes. This sporty feel is reinforced by the headlamps which express the model's assertive personality. The combination of squat proportions and a length of 4.34 metres points to New Scénic's dynamism and manoeuvrability.
New Grand Scénic’s proportions and extensive glazed area suggest similarly generous cabin space and the promise of a well-appointed interior. Its boomerang-shaped rear lights produce a lighting signature unique to New Grand Scénic and an industry first for a production model. The lines of these clusters extend forward across the vehicle's flanks via the waistline to convey an unmistakable sense of dynamism when the car is seen from the side. This impression is further emphasised by the sloping roofline and raked rear screen.
In addition to being a hallmark of the different models that make up the New Mégane family, these robust, dynamic lines are an eloquent sign of the range's outstanding roadholding ability.
CAREFUL ATTENTION TO TRAVELLING COMFORT CABIN SPACENew Scénic and New Grand Scénic have been thought through carefully to ensure the highest possible standard of travelling comfort for all occupants. The driver and front passenger benefit from a wide field of vision thanks to wider spacing of the windscreen pillars which ensures enhanced visibility at roundabouts and junctions. The lateral field of vision has been extended by more than eight per cent and the vertical field of vision has been improved by more than 15 per cent. The longer wheelbase has led to improved comfort for second row occupants who will appreciate the best-in-class kneeroom of 235mm and 275mm provided by Scénic and Grand Scénic respectively. Occupants of the third row seats benefit from headroom of 842mm and kneeroom of 102mm. Indeed, Grand Scénic stands out as the roomiest compact seven-seat MPV on the market.
The wave-like forms of the dashboard, which are reminiscent of those of New Mégane, are fluid and uncluttered. The controls are intuitive and fall readily to hand, and the centre console houses the main controls (electric parking brake assist, cruise control and speed limiter), multimedia connections (MP3, USB key, iPod©) and a 12V power supply. The adjustable driver's seat features a segment-leading range of 70mm for the height of the seat cushion, while lumbar-adjustment is now also available for entry level versions. The combination of the different adjustment options and the more vertical position of the steering wheel enables the drivers to find a combination which is more akin to that of a saloon car, without detracting from the high-up driving position that is particularly appreciated by MPV owners.
STOWAGE:New Scénic and New Grand Scénic provide up to 92 litres of stowage space (the highest in the market), with a range of clever, practical solutions for all occupants:
The boot of New Scénic is particularly practical, thanks not only its appreciable capacity of 522 litres (up to the parcel shelf) but also because of the vehicle's low rear sill height and wide tailgate access. The boot capacity of the seven-seat Grand Scénic is 702 litres (in its five-seat layout), an increase of 10 per cent over Grand Scénic II. When carrying bulky loads, the baggage cover can be swiftly stored away in a bespoke compartment underneath the boot mat.
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic both boast extremely modular interiors thanks to the forward-folding front passenger seat and second-row seatbacks. Carrying capacity can be further extended by removing the second row seats altogether. The boot space of seven-seat Grand Scénic can be increased thanks to the design of the third row seats which fold away into the floor. With the second row seats removed and the third row seats fully folded, the carrying capacity of seven-seat Grand Scénic exceeds two cubic metres.
To ease access for third row passengers, a handle located on the sides of the outer second row seats instantly folds the seatback. At the same time, a small hoist helps tip the seat forward to provide access to the rear seats with just one, quick, simple movement.
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are available with dual-zone automatic climate control with the same Soft-Auto-Fast mode functions as those first seen on New Laguna and carried over since to the New Mégane range.
The adaptive headrests are new for the segment and ensure outstanding support, comfort and safety thanks to their enveloping form, as well as to the range of positions to which they can be adjusted.
TECHNOLOGIES FOR SIMPLER DAY-TO-DAY MOTORING
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic benefit from numerous technological features designed to facilitate driving and enhance travelling comfort.
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are the first vehicles at this level to employ a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) screen which provides a customisable, clear, high-resolution display of data such as vehicle speed, cruise control and speed limiter settings (on/off, selected speed) and door-open alert, as well as the image seen by the reversing camera (in addition to audible warning).
It takes drivers no time at all to adapt this interface to their individual taste thanks to the set-up menu which can be accessed thanks to a button located between the steering wheel and the display. This menu is derived from that of New Laguna and permits the driver to activate or modify the parameters of certain functions, such as the volume of the audible parking proximity sensor warning, the language employed and the automatic headlamp activation.
Meanwhile, the contrast of the entry level monochrome LCD display (white on black background) is 30 times superior to that of preceding technology, while screen reflections and transparency are automatically corrected.
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are also the first MPVs to feature an audible rear parking proximity sensor plus reversing camera. To facilitate safe reversing and parking, the camera displays the image of the zone situated behind the vehicle on the screen of the navigation system. Meanwhile, the central TFT screen displays the vehicle and the proximity of obstacles using a colour code.
Like New Mégane Hatch and New Mégane Coupé, New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are available with the new radio-CD/MP3 complete with Bluetooth® connectivity, TunePoint multimedia connections (USB and iPod sockets) and the upper-range 3D Sound by Arkamys® audio system.
RESPONSIVE, EFFICIENT, DYNAMIC HANDLING
Reassuring, predictable handling New Scénic and New Grand Scénic ensure precise, agile cornering performance. Their chassis benefits from the same advances as those seen on New Mégane Hatch and New Mégane Coupé, and consequently delivers the same rigorous handling, without detracting from the high standard of comfort pioneered by their respective predecessors:
With this set-up, the specific roll angle (i.e. a vehicle's angle of inclination when cornering, and consequently a pointer to its ability to corner 'flat') of New Scénic and New Grand Scénic is 0.40 degrees, the best of their segment. The average for this class of vehicle is 0.43 degrees.
A new electric power steering system New Scénic's electric power steering has been entirely revised and the result is greater steering precision plus enhanced driving comfort. Optimisation of the steering's performance and components, plus modifications to its calibration have led to improved synchronisation of its response to instructions from the driver via the steering wheel. The feedback from the road is more accurate, while the combination of the stiffer front suspension and the closer ratio steering has also contributed to making the system more responsive.
The more precise steering and reduced body roll through corners ensures a level of driving pleasure and reassuring handling that puts the performance of New Scénic and New Grand Scénic on a par with that of a saloon car.
THE DCI AND TCE ENGINE RANGES: PERFORMANCE WITH RESPECT FOR THE ECONOMY
New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are available with a significantly renewed range of petrol and diesel engines which combine performance and respect for the environment.
Petrol engines A choice of three petrol powertrains:
The new TCe 130 engine, which will be available for New Scénic and New Grand Scénic this spring, is an eloquent showcase of the expertise Renault has acquired in the technique of downsizing. It is particularly fuel efficient and also respectful of the environment thanks to combined cycle fuel consumption of 39.8mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of less than 168g/km (New Scénic). This engine figures among the best in its class in terms of running and maintenance costs. Its timing chain comes with a lifetime warranty and oil change intervals are every 18,000 miles (or every two years).
Diesel engines The diesel engine range spotlights Renault's ongoing quest to provide its customers with the market's best trade-off between performance and fuel consumption.
The 1.5 dCi, which is widely acclaimed for its combination of performance and driving pleasure, is available in a choice of three power outputs: dCi 86 (Scénic only), dCi 106 and the new dCi 110 with particulate filter. All three boast CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km.
The other diesel engines available for New Scénic and New Grand Scénic are:
In terms of running and maintenance costs, these seven diesel powertrains stand out among the best in their class, with oil change intervals of 18,000 miles (or every two years) and a lifetime warranty for the diesel particulate filter.
MEGANE FAMILY FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS: ROBUSTNESS, QUALITY, SAFETY AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
In addition to their inherent robustness, New Scénic and New Grand Scénic stand out through the high quality of the materials they employ, as well as through their form and fit and finish. Both models profit from the advances achieved across the Renault range regarding reliability and durability and, like New Mégane, benefit from a new laser brazing technique for welding the roof to the body sides which eliminates the need for roof trimming. In addition to the advantages this represents in terms of aesthetics and protection against corrosion, this new process also improves bodyshell rigidity and reduces wind noise.
Safety: a priority for Renault, and self-evident for New Scénic and New Grand Scénic Renault places high priority on developing the most effective technologies when it comes to preventing accidents, taking corrective measures and protecting occupants. Its approach is founded on the result of research into real-life accidents and real-world safety (LAB1) with a view to promoting solutions that answer real traffic situations. New Scénic and New Grand Scénic have naturally benefitted from this ongoing work.
A comprehensive list of equipment is proposed to prevent risk situations occurring in the first place:
In addition to the high standard of reassuring roadholding and braking performance to which both New Renault Scénic and New Renault Grand Scénic can justifiably lay claim, they are also equipped with driver aids designed to correct their line in difficult conditions or emergency situations:
To protect occupants in a collision, New Scénic and New Grand Scénic both feature:
Respectful of the environment The New Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic range includes seven versions that comply with the criteria necessary to qualify for the Renault eco² signature. Renault eco² vehicles are ecological and economically affordable: