Renault introduces the Scenic XMOD

Article by Christian A., on February 5, 2013

Renault has decided to replace the Scenic with the new crossover-style version of the car named Scenic XMOD. The Renault Scenic XMOD, which is based on the outgoing car it is replacing, had its ride height raised. It also received new bumpers, sill guards, new alloy wheels and roof bars so that it gets the off-roader appearance.

The Scenic XMOD is front-wheel drive but it has a better adverse weather performance due to a new Grip Xtend traction control system.

A rotary knob on the centre console is used to manually control the Grip Xtend. The standard setting is the ‘Road’ mode, which works as a conventional traction control system. When in Loose Ground mode, engine torque is controlled. Meanwhile, braking control is optimized in low-grip surfaces.

In Expert mode, the system undertakes the braking control, letting the driver control the engine. In addition, the boot capacity of the Scenic XMOD is increased over the Scenic, standing for an increase from 522 litres to 555 litres.

Furthermore, the Scenic XMOD introduces the new design language of the Renault to the Scenic range. This look, which debuted on the new Clio that starts selling this month in the UK, will appear on the revised Grand Scenic, which otherwise remains unchanged in the Scenic range.

Scenic XMOD and Grand Scenic are both expected to use Renault’s new R-Link infotainment system. It’s expected that the Scenic XMOD and Grand Scenic facelift will make their global debuts this March at the Geneva motor show. Additional details about their UK pricing and availability will be unveiled before their scheduled launches later in the year.

The new Scenic from Renault is expected to bring to the compact MPV class a fresh and new style. This is due to a number of features that are clearly inspired from the brand’s very own Mégane Coupé. These include the athletic appearance of the front section, unique lights in the rear, tight lines, and compact forms. Because of this, the new Scenic is able to display that sporty dynamism that many typically relate with saloon cars.

The way the curves have been placed on both the wings in the front and flanks in the rear gives this model that definite robust feel. With tracks measuring 1,545 mm on the front and 1,547 mm on the rear, the Scenic is able to have that natural stability while being able to stand evenly on the road. The combination of the proportions, large door panels, and beltline helps give the Scenic a more protective feel.

That said, this model has that excellent body-panel fit-and-finish with the use of high-quality materials evident. The bumpers, on the front and the rear, have been integrated to the parking proximity sensors, albeit discreetly. Renault meanwhile made sure to put extra focus on the vehicle’s inner door frames.

The roof on the other hand has been brazed to the model’s body sides through a laser welding method. Because of this, there was no more need for any roof trimming. When it comes to the style itself, the Scenic utilizes a mixture of tight and fluid lines. The dynamic appeal is highlighted by the three-part grille. This one is similar to the Mégane Coupé, both being inspired by a central air-intake that integrates a smart black crossbar.

On each side are two scoops with that satin-finish chrome trim. The scoops have lines that go over the headlamps and thus give the front section that irrefutable personality.

Under the headlights, there is a line that has a flame-effect which then becomes the character line that sweeps to the rear section. It helps put focus even further on the dynamic look of the style and this impression is strengthened with the combination of the steeply-raked screen in the rear and the plunging roofline. The rear lights have a two-part “boomerang” form like the Grand Scenic. The difference though is that rather than sweep forward, the lights go inwards to the boot, a feature that is exclusive to the Scenic.

Press Release

Renault Scenic XMOD

Sporty and elegant, Renault Scénic XMOD winningly combines the outdoor cues of a crossover with the refined world of an MPV. With a raised ground clearance and special alloy wheels, the car features an expressive crossover-inspired design: special front and rear bumpers, sill guards and chrome-finish roof bars. The new front end is also more expressive, incorporating Renault's new design identity and signature LED daytime running lights.

Technology on the inside

Inside Renault Scénic XMOD, the driver enjoys a cockpit-like environment with an exclusive fixed centre console and an array of controls. The rotary control for the all-new Extended Grip traction control system and the multi-directional joystick control for the multimedia system are both easy to reach. Featuring a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) digital display, the dashboard is dominated by the fully connected Renault R-Link touchscreen multimedia system. The top-of-the-range version of XMOD includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium-capped pedals and gear lever knob and new interior appointments. Rounding out the offer is new stitched upholstery and Leather/Alcantara Pack.

Extended grip underneath

Renault Scénic XMOD is the first vehicle in the Renault range to feature the all-new Extended Grip system. This advanced traction control system enables the vehicle to grip the roadconfidently under difficult driving conditions (snow, mud, sand, etc.). Manually activating the rotary control positioned on the centre console, the driver can choose from three types of assistance.

In 'Expert' mode, Extended Grip manages the braking system, while leaving the driver in full control of the engine torque. The 'Road' mode offers conventional traction control settings. It automatically reconnects at speeds of over 40kph. The 'Loose Ground' mode optimises braking control and engine torque control as a function of available grip.

Plus all the DNA of Renault Scénic

Renault Scénic XMOD retains the key features which have made Scénic the benchmark in the compact MPV segment. Its boot capacity is up to 555 litres, one of the biggest in its class. No less than 71 litres of additional stowage space are cleverly spread around the cabin. Renault Scénic XMOD offers simple, effective and fast modularity: the seats are independent, folding and removable to provide a host of seating configurations for the occupants. Renault Scénic XMOD will be produced at the Douai plant in France.

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