New Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic make their debut in Geneva

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

The third-generation Scenic and Grand Scenic versions were introduced today by Renault at the Geneva Motor Show. These are the successors to the first European compact MPV, the Megane Scenic. The current generation Scenic lineup features an adaptable interior while the exterior is in keeping with the design language of Megane.

The new models come with a grill framed by chrome air intake derived from the Megane Coupe, and the appearance is made distinct through aggressive front headlights and sweep-around rear lights. The passenger compartment comes with a Megan-based design features, including, among others, a minimalist dashboard.

Comfort in the passenger compartment has also been enhanced via top of the class knee room of 235mm for the Scenic and 275 for the Grand Scenic. The driving position is the same as that of the saloon without moving away from the MPV's high driving position.

A skew of cubby holes bump cabin storage to a top of the class 92 liters plus four underfloor compartments, two drawer under the front seats and a chilled 11-liter glove compartment. Power in the interior is supplied by three separate 12V outlets.

Luggage space at the back is 522 liters for the Scenic III and 702 in the latest Grand Scenic. The modular system of the Scenic permits for a regular flat-packing, which is simply the folding of the third row seats and removal of the second row seats. With the use of a handle and a little tip forward of any of the second row-side seats will permit access to the third-row.

The models come with a TFT display and system that offers vehicle information and bespoke menus plus access to the first rear parking proximity sensor and rearward looking camera in an MPV. Proximity of obstacles are announced by an audio system using a color-code on the TFT monitor.

Comfort and driving performance is provided by an advance chassis derived rom the new Megane and Megane Coupe with a renewal of the gasoline and diesel powerplant lineup. The two Scenic versions will come with a selection of three gasoline and two diesel engines including the latest 130hp TCe (Turbo Control efficiency) gasoline and 130hp dCi.

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