- Fourth-generation of the compact MPV that invented the segment
- Desirable, practical and efficient with innovative technology from the segment above for the first time
- Unprecedented 20-inch wheels as standard across the range
- Range of efficient petrol and diesel powertrain options, including Hybrid Assist version
- Manufactured in Douai, Northern France and based on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF platform
- On sale in the UK in November
- UK engine line-up and specifications announce
Twenty years after inventing the world’s first compact MPV with the Scénic – which has since sold almost five million units and was named European Car of the Year in 1997 – Renault has completely overhauled its offering in the segment with the fourth generation of its iconic model, carrying over the hallmarks of versatility, space, user-friendliness and travelling enjoyment that helped it to become such success story.
Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, and based on 2011’s R-Space concept, the All-New Scénic and All-New Grand Scénic receive 20-inch wheels as standard across the range – unique in its segment and aiding its seductive and ground-breaking design.
The five-seat All-New Scénic and the seven-seat All-New Grand Scénic will be available with an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen which is another segment-first, Multisense technology which enables the driver to alter the driving setup and cabin ambience and One-Touch Folding rear seats – controllable from the boot or dash via the R-Link system – which make it easier and quicker than ever to fold rear seats flat to transport larger items. The All-New Scénic has the biggest storage capacity and boot space in its class.
The All-New Scénic employs a number of high-end technologies and safety features drawn from the segment above, many of which are standard across the range such as Automatic Electronic Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and automatic high/low beam.
A range of efficient petrol and diesel engines will be available from launch with an innovative dCi 110 Hybrid Assist version offering CO2 emissions as low as 92g/km. The All-New Scénic and All-New Grand Scénic will go on sale in the UK in November.
1. IN BRIEF
Second generation of Renault’s seven-seat Grand Scénic delivers more interior space, comfort, style and performance than ever – facelifted in April 2013
Longer (+62mm), taller (+9mm), wider (26mm) with longer wheelbase (+34mm). Increased cabin dimensions ensures more room for everyone on board, with best-in-class space for second and third row passengers
40 stowage spaces – total 83 litres (UK version). Boot volume 564 to 2,063 litres
Four EU6 engines (two petrol and two diesel) including two 1.2 petrol engines: TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) 115 and 130, both with Stop & Start technology. Both capable of 43.5mpg with 145 g/km of CO2
1.6 dCi 130 – world’s most powerful engine of its type for its size at launch. with 320Nm of torque. Frugal too – 64.2mpg (combined cycle) and low CO2 of only 114g/km. It replaced former 1.9 dCi 130, but offers 30g/km less CO2 emissions, 20Nm extra torque and 25% improved fuel economy
1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start emits just 105g/km – the lowest CO2 figure for any conventionally-engine MPV at launch
EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission available on dCi 110 engine, giving 114g/km and 64.2mpg (combined cycle)
High standard equipment level on both Dynamique Nav and Limited Nav trim levels includes Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation system, 4 x 20W radio CD with fingertip remote control, auto parking brake, auto lights and wipers, climate control, cruise control, ESC, extra tinted windows and tailgate, front fog lights, child minder mirror, sliding centre console storage unit, speed limiter, USB input and 16” alloys. Limited Nav adds rear parking sensors, chrome door sill plates, electrically operated and folding door mirrors with gloss black shells, panoramic sunroof, roof bars and ‘Limited’ upholstery.
Wide range of options, including 17-inch alloy wheels, electric panoramic opening sunroof and R-Link multimedia system. Three option packs: Relax, Safety and BOSE+
BOSE+ offers impressive luxury: upgraded audio, 17-inch alloys, electrically adjustable and heated folding door mirrors, suede and synthetic leather upholstery, ‘Sport’ steering wheel, folding passenger seat, aluminium pedals and gearknob, roof bars
First model to benefit from new Visio System by Renault, providing lane departure warning and automatic headlight low and high beam operation
Excellent safety provisions, including highly rigid body shell, six airbags, large disc brakes all-round, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), Brake Assist and ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ASR traction control, CSV understeer control
Improved suspension, new electric power steering system contribute to saloon car-like handling
World debut at Geneva motor show, March 2009
Improvement in quality supported by €250 million investment in equipment, systems and training at Renault’s Georges Besse factory, centre for New Grand Scénic production in Douai, northern France
Renault’s 4+ care programme includes a four year/100,000 mile warranty
UK ordering for Grand Scénic opened 7th April 2009, in showrooms 15th May. Facelifted model in showrooms from April 2013
The innovation in vehicle design and packaging that has led to today’s Grand Scénic can be traced back to 1996 and the debut of the original Renault Scénic, a vehicle which made history as a pioneer of the compact MPV concept.
Voted European Car of the Year in 1997, Scénic immediately succeeded in attracting customers looking for levels of interior space and versatility that conventional C-segment models could not provide. Renault’s vision prompted a fundamental and lasting change in the way the motor industry answered the needs of modern families.
After more than two million units had been produced, Renault introduced the second generation model, Scénic II, in 2003. Once again, it raised the bar with a car that performed better and delivered even more useful features than its predecessor. Moreover, Renault went further than any other manufacturer by offering a compact MPV in two versions with different lengths. Following the example set by the luxurious Espace and Grand Espace people carriers, the standard five-seat Scénic II was joined within a year by the seven-seat Grand Scénic, which provided an extra row of easy fold-down seats within its longer, but equally eye-catching, body.
As a further variation on the theme, the range grew to include a five-seat Grand Scénic in 2006, giving more space for extra passenger comfort or load carrying capacity as required.
In March 2009, a new era in the success story began with the unveiling of New Scénic and New Grand Scénic at the Geneva motor show. Forming part of Renault’s latest-generation Mégane model family, Grand Scénic builds on the established strengths of its predecessors, while making notable advances in performance, quality, ride and handling, safety and passenger comfort.
Early in 2012, Renault undertook its first revision of the third-generation model, most notably revising the powertrain line-up to include the clean and highly efficient 1.5 dCi Stop & Start and, from the spring, the brand new 1.2 TCe 115 petrol unit.. In addition, Scenic gained more contemporary frontal styling and rear lighting, plus new trim details.
During the second quarter of 2013 the Scénic range was joined by the new XMOD, plus the new 1.2 TCe 130 engine and the brand’s new front end styling.
Grand Scénic was the third vehicle to be released in the New Mégane programme, following the Hatch and Coupé in November 2008 and January 2009 respectively. The pioneer of its class for more than 10 years, Scénic has long enjoyed its status as Europe’s most popular family MPV.
The latest Grand Scénic builds on the strengths that forged the success of the first two Scénic generations, delivering even more space and comfort for its occupants, and saloon car-like handling. It benefits from Renault’s unparalleled experience in MPV design and substantial investment in its centre for MPV production at Douai in northern France.
Renault’s objective for Grand Scénic was to set new standards in the compact MPV segment. Comfort, ease of use and cabin space are a priority. The driver’s seat and steering wheel are more adaptable, making it easier for all drivers to find a comfortable position. A larger windscreen increases the field of vision (8° horizontally and 15° vertically compared to its predecessor) and a new dashboard design offers much-improved ergonomics.
Increased overall length and wheelbase allow for a more spacious cabin, with best-in-class knee room for second row sets and more room for those sitting in the third row than in any other compact seven-seat MPV.
There are 40 stowage points available around the cabin, which together provide 83 litres of storage space, including underfloor compartments, under-seat drawers, six seatback map pockets, a glovebox and a nine-litre sliding centre console. Grand Scénic’s larger dimensions also yield a 10 per cent increase in boot space to 702 litres. Smart solutions include a purpose-designed compartment to store the baggage cover and 12V power outlets for every row of seats.
For the UK market, the Grand Scénic range has been simplified, with two grades, Dynamique Nav and Limited Nav. Both provide an excellent equipment specification, led by the Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system. The heightened specification includes LED daytime running lights and Hill Start Assist.
Customers seeking a further upgrade can take advantage of the new BOSE+ Pack, which adds a raft of additional premium features, including 17-inch alloys, a nine-speaker BOSE sound system, electrically adjustable and heated folding door mirrors, rear window blinds, R-Link multimedia system and a rear parking camera.
The engine line-up has also been revised to take full advantage of Renault’s technologies for lower emissions and better fuel consumption. It includes the 1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 and 1.2 TCe 115 and 130 petrol engines, all with Stop & Start. Both TCe engines offer 43.5 mpg and 145 g/km CO2.
The dCi 110 engine delivers a class-leading 68.9mpg combined cycle fuel consumption and emits only 105g/km of CO2. It is also available with the EDC double-clutch automatic gearbox, in which case the fuel economy and emissions are 64.2mpg and 114g/km. Grand Scénic was one of the first models to benefit from Renault’s automatic EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission. It delivers fuel consumption and emissions performance comparable to that of a conventional manual gearbox, while being fast, smooth and responsive to driver demands.
The dCi 130 was the world’s most powerful engine of its type for its size at launch. It’s frugal, too, offering 64.2 mpg (combined cycle) and low CO2 of only 114g/km. It replaced the former 1.9 dCi 130, with sparking results – 30g/km less CO2 emissions, 20Nm extra torque and 25% improved fuel economy.
On the outside the most striking feature of Grand Scénic is the front end, with a bonnet, wings, bumper and headlight arrangement that expresses a stronger, sportier look. Details include black high gloss elements around the grille and the use of chrome trims around the LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the light clusters also have a new look.
For improved ride and handling, Grand Scénic features a suspension design that was first seen on the current Mégane, including a horned front subframe and a closed-profile rear beam. This contributes to significantly reduced body roll and more precise steering performance.
Grand Scénic shares its genes with the latest Mégane range, ensuring a robust design and a high level of quality. Safety standards are exemplary and match the standards set by Mégane, which has been credited with the joint highest-ever score in Euro NCAP crash testing.
Renault has also worked to keep running costs down, achieving a reduction of between 20 and 30 per cent with increased oil change intervals, reduced maintenance requirements for the air conditioning system and extended lifecycles for the air filter, spark plugs and timing chain.
As the third model to be launched in Renault’s latest Mégane model family, Grand Scénic shares an unmistakable resemblance with other members of the line-up. Nonetheless, it has its own, distinct personality and demonstrates a less functional, more car-like approach to the MPV concept. Its dynamic design quality is particularly evident in the front-end treatment.
Central to the revisions for Grand Scénic is a stronger and more dynamic front end, reflecting Renault’s new design identity. All the elements – bonnet, wings, headlights, bumper and A-pillars – have been restyled and the result serves to emphasise the model’s distinctive character and appeal.
Grand Scénic is distinguished by chrome horizontal trim elements in the upper and lower grilles, which combine with the optional satin chrome roof bars to make a visual statement about the car’s quality and status.
Grand Scénic’s proportions and large glazed area (from 3.6 to 5.1m2 with the optional panoramic opening sunroof) make for vast cabin space and on-board comfort with an airy feel. Overall length is 4,560mm, an increase of 62mm on its predecessor, while the wheelbase has been extended by 34mm to 2,770, ensuring plenty of space and comfort for up to seven occupants.
The boomerang-shaped rear lights give the vehicle a high-tech, signature “curtain of light” effect that is unique to the model. The line of these light units extends forwards along the flanks, following a character line that adds dynamic appeal to the side view, a quality that is further accentuated by the sloping roofline and rake of the rear screen.
Detail touches demonstrate Grand Scénic’s styling upgrade, such as the chrome-finished grille, foglamp back plates and door handles, gloss black B-pillars, chrome tailgate trim and body-coloured side protective mouldings with chrome trim.
High quality fit, finish and materials are in evidence throughout, while robustness and quality are expressed in elements such as the curves of the front wings and the muscular shoulders. Grand Scénic sits squarely on the road, with wide front and rear tracks (1,536 and 1,539mm respectively), and its proportions, belt line and large door panels convey a reassuring, protective feel.
The combination of fluid lines and generous forms gives maximum effect from the play of light across the bodywork, particularly in versions finished with metallic paint.
Special attention has been paid to perfecting the fit and finish of the body panels, for example between the A-pillars and the front wings. Parking sensors are neatly integrated into the front and rear bumpers and, following a technique used on Mégane Hatch and Coupé, the roof is brazed to the body sides using laser welding, eliminating the need for roof trimming. Windscreen wipers are concealed below the bonnet line, essentially for aesthetic reasons, but with the added benefit of better acoustic performance and aerodynamic efficiency.
Grand Scénic’s greater length and longer wheelbase contribute to more comfort for everyone on board. The design of the interior also focuses on delivering an enjoyable ride, with more cabin space, comfort and stowage, building on the strengths that helped make the original Scénic and Scénic II such a success.
Driver and front passenger have a wider field of vision, thanks to the A-pillars being positioned further back. This improves the side-to-side view by more than 8 per cent to 87°, while the vertical field of vision has increased by more than 15 per cent to 31°, giving better visibility at junctions and roundabouts.
The longer (2,770mm) wheelbase gives second row passengers best-in-class kneeroom of 275mm, while there is appreciably more space for those in the third row, too, where headroom has increased by 54mm to 842mm and kneeroom by 27mm to 102mm. This makes it the most spacious seven-seat compact MPV on the market for third row passengers. Two adults 1.75m (5’9”) tall can be comfortably accommodated in the rearmost seats thanks to their segment-leading position, and the provision of footwells. The 89° trunk/hip angle is around 10° better than that of Grand Scénic’s competitors.
The interior is fully modular with features such as:
Folding front passenger seat
Four adjustment options for second row seats – seatbacks upright or tipped forward; entire seat tipped forward, or removed altogether
Individually adjustable second row seats that slide fore/aft through 170mm (twice the figure for the previous model) and have a two-position recline function.
The outer second row seats are fitted with a side handle that lets the whole seat be easily and instantly tipped forward for easy access to the third row. The action is quick, light and simple enough for a child to operate.
The interior styling is based on fluid lines, reminiscent of those in Mégane, with wave-like forms for the dashboard. The driving environment is clean and uncluttered, with controls clustered around the steering wheel or located on the centre console to free up as much space as possible for occupants. Special care was taken in the choice of materials, including the soft-touch dashboard, and the quality of interior assembly.
The driver’s seat has a segment-leading height adjustment range of up to 70mm, with lumbar adjustment provided as standard. Extra comfort is provided by the availability of new-design enveloping headrests, which are multi-adjustable and give more support and safety, while a more vertical angle for the steering wheel helps the driver set a position that is more akin to that of a saloon car, without detracting from the high-up, commanding view that MPV drivers appreciate.
Thermal comfort for everyone on board is provided by the standard air conditioning. A dual-zone climate control system that is also featured in Mégane is available, letting the driver and front passenger select their preferred temperature and setting for the three-speed Soft-Auto-Fast system. In Auto mode, the system automatically optimises temperature, sound level and start-up speed; Soft operates quieter; and Fast gives a quick and efficient response to adjust cabin temperature. Second row air vents add to comfort for rear passengers.
Grand Scénic provides up to 83 litres of stowage space around the cabin, a best-in-class total. The range of clever, practical features available includes:
Four underfloor compartments (two 2.5-litre compartments at the front, two 3.2-litre compartments in the second row) and 4.5-litre drawers beneath the driver and front passenger seats.
An illuminated glovebox.
An open centre console cubby for small items such as mobile phones.
An optional double sliding centre console (armrest and console with independent slide functions) with nine litres of space in two sections: space beneath the armrest for small items such as pens and glasses, and a main bin for larger objects, such as a 1.5-litre bottle.
Six pockets on the front seatbacks: two small pockets for items such as a games console or MP3 player; a larger map pocket beneath the aviation-style flip-up tables for magazines or books.
Storage space beneath the armrests of both third-row seats.
Bag hooks at the rear of the sliding centre console and in the boot.
The boot has a particularly practical design, with a carrying capacity of 702 litres (rear seats in foremost position), 10 per cent more than on Grand Scénic II, equivalent to an extra suitcase. An extra 33 litres were added by providing a stowage space for the tyre repair kit. With the rear seats folded and the middle row removed the capacity rises to 2,063 litres.
With the front passenger seat folded, loads of up to 2.5m in length can be carried. A low rear sill height (614mm) and wide tailgate access (1,059mm) make loading and unloading easy. When carrying bulky loads, the load area cover can be stored away neatly in a purpose-designed compartment.
5. MODEL RANGE, EQUIPMENT AND OPTIONS
Grand Scénic is available in two equipment grades – Dynamique Nav and Limited Nav, both offering a substantial range of features for safety, style, comfort and convenience.
Specifications can be further enhanced with the optional Bose+ Pack, which introduces premium features such as 17-inch ‘Sari’ alloy wheels, nine-speaker BOSE sound system, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and satin chrome roof bars.
The Dynamique Nav models are fitted with standard with the following features:
Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation with remote control
AUX and USB connection
ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with ASR traction control and CSV understeer control
Extra tinted rear windows and tailgate
Front and rear underfloor storage
Storage drawers under front seats
TFT (Thin Film Transistor) central display with multi-function trip computer
Double optic headlights with ‘see-me-home’ function
Front and rear electric windows with anti-pinch facility
Electric heated door mirrors
Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel
Retractable luggage cover
Courtesy light and 12V power socket in boot
Driver and front passenger two-stage auto-adaptive airbags
De-activation for front passenger airbag
Front lateral airbags, front and rear curtain airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners
ISOFIX child seat points on second row seats
Five height-adjustable headrests and five three-point seatbelts
Tyre inflation kit
Remote central locking with deadlocking
Insurance approved immobiliser and alarm
R.A.I.D. (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) auto door locking above 5mph
Automatic parking brake
Auto headlights and wipers
Front fog lights
Driver’s seat height and lumbar adjustment
Folding front passenger seat
Front seatback pockets and aviation-style tables
Front and rear reading spotlights
16” ‘Kaleido’ alloy wheels
Dark Carbon upholstery with TEFLON protection
Child minder rear view mirror
Renault keyless entry with push button start and automatic locking on exit
Rear lateral air vents
Dashboard trims in high gloss piano black
Second row sunblinds
Body-coloured side protection mouldings with chrome strip
In Limited Nav this is supplemented with:
‘LIMITED’ exterior badge
‘LIMITED’ chrome door sill plates
Electrically operated and heated folding door mirrors with gloss back shells
Rear parking sensors
The BOSE+ Pack introduces an array of premium comfort and convenience features. These include 17-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors, the upgraded nine-speaker audio system, R-Link multimedia system and a rear parking camera.
Also available are two other Packs: Relax+ and Safety. The former includes leather seats, adaptable heardrests for the front and secxond row seats and heated front seats. Safety includes front and rear parking sensors and electric folding door mirrors.
The generous specifications provided across the board on Scénic are just the starting point for owners who want to equip their vehicle with their own choice of must-have features and equipment. Renault offers an impressive and extensive list of options that can add extra style, luxury, comfort and advanced technology.
Key options include 17-inch ‘Pragma’ alloy wheels, metallic paint, Renault i.d. Arctic White metallic paint, a sunroof, RiLink, Visio System by Renaullt and a three-year subscription to Carminat TomTom Live.
BOSE sound system
Renault began its successful partnership with audio specialists Bose in 2008, initially with several of its larger models. Subsequently it extended its premium sound system to the Grand Scénic range, with the Bose energy Efficient Series sound system available as part of the Bose+ Pack.
The system’s components are 30 per cent smaller, 40 per cent lighter and use 50 per cent less energy than systems with comparable audio performance. With nine speakers, CD player an integrated subwoofer and a digital amplifier, it offers outstanding on-board audio quality.
TFT colour dashboard display
Grand Scénic is the first model in its class to use TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology for its dashboard display. The technology, used for computer screens, gives a customisable, clear, high resolution colour display that automatically presents drivers with the information they need, at the right moment, including vehicle speed, cruise control and speed limiter status and door-open alert warnings.
The interface is simple and intuitive for drivers to adapt to their own preferences via a set-up menu. It lets the driver activate or modify the parameters of different functions, such as the volume of the proximity sensor warning, the language used for driver information, and automatic headlamp activation.
Owners can also select their preferred colour scheme and display the information in digital or analogue style.
Carminat TomTom Live integrated navigation system
Renault was the first manufacturer to launch an affordable, fully integrated navigation system with Carminat TomTom, from 2011 with added ‘Live’ functionality.
TomTom’s experience of removable navigation systems and associated services was invaluable in meeting both the exacting brief of an original equipment automotive system and the demands of customers. The result is Renault’s advanced Carminat TomTom® system.
It is user-friendly, ready-to-run as soon as the car is started. The large, 5.8-inch colour screen is integrated into the dashboard and is easy to read, with the option of a 3D bird’s-eye view, or 2D road map display, with manual and automatic zoom functions.
The system incorporates traffic information, alternative routes, speed camera locations, speed limits, a large number of points of interest and a wide range of customisable functions.
The screen itself doubles up as a central multimedia display, including the automatic display of data and information concerning the radio, telephone address books (when combined with Bluetooth), and MP3 player music playlists (albums and song titles) when used with the car’s AUX/USB input.
Navigation instructions are broadcast via the vehicle’s own loudspeakers, which are in turn controlled by the steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control. The system is easy to update: maps are stored on a 2Go SD card which can be linked via a computer to the internet to obtain download and other free or chargeable functions and services.
The latest ‘Live’ version of the system incorporates a range of real-time services. Maintaining its fundamental ease of use, the interface has been made even more effective with the addition of four features:
HD Traffic: In less than three minutes, Europe-wide traffic information is fed to the system, processed by TomTom’s servers and made available to drivers to warn them of the extent of jams ahead and the likely delay. If required, Carminat TomTom Live recalculates an alternative route to the user’s destination. One million motorists already benefit from this service every day.
Carminat TomTom Live is the only integrated sat nav that provides real-time warning of speed camera locations based on information supplied by the market’s most efficient databases, including Road Angel in the UK (this service is not available in some countries).
The Local Search with Tom Tom Places uses search words to provide access to 11 million points of interest and information (telephone numbers, descriptions).
Five-day weather forecasts covering the itinerary and destination are available anywhere in Europe.
These services are free of charge for a three-month trial period, after which an annual subscription can be taken out via the Renault UK dealer network or the TomTom HOME application.
6. ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS
The engines and transmissions available for Grand Scénic demonstrate Renault’s attention to the needs and priorities of modern motorists. Everyday running costs are between 20 per cent and 30 per cent lower than for comparable powertrains in the previous generation model, while the extensively renewed dCi and TCe (Turbo Control efficiency) engines have earned acclaim for their fuel efficiency, power delivery and refinement. They are characterised by their ability to deliver strong torque and power from low engine speeds across a broad rev band in all driving conditions.
In the UK, the engine line-up comprises four engines (two petrol and two diesel), including two new 1.2 petrol TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) 115 and 130 engines, both with Stop & Start technology, delivering 43.5mpg with CO2 of 145 g/km.
The 1.6 dCi 130 was the world’s most powerful engine of its type for its size at launch. It’s frugal too – 64.2 mpg (combined cycle) and low CO2 of only 114g/km. It replaced the former 1.9 dCi 130, but produces 30g/km less CO2 emissions while delivering 20Nm extra torque and 25 per cent improved fuel economy.
The best-selling 1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start emits just 105g/km – the lowest CO2 figure for any conventionally-engined MPV. In manual form it allows fuel economy of 68.9mpg, while with the EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission economy is 64.2mpg and CO2 emisions are 114g/km. All four engines are EU6-compliant.
EDC dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission
Renault’s EDC dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission was introduced in spring 2010, with the Mégane model family the first to benefit from its fuel-efficiency, low emissions and refined performance. Mated to the 1.5 dCi 110 engine, it dispenses with a clutch pedal and offers both the familiar P-R-N-D automatic shift arrangement, plus an up/down selectable shift mode.
In automatic mode, the electronic control unit selects the ideal gear at any time by monitoring a number of parameters. The system adapts instantly to driver inputs, selecting the gear that delivers the right amount of power as soon as it is required. However, EDC also lets the driver take control by switching to the up/down shift mode.
As in any automatic transmission, the gearshifts are effected under load. When one gear is engaged, the next is automatically pre-selected. The gearshift takes place by switching from one clutch to the other: the first clutch disengages at the same time as the second engages, which means there is no interruption in power delivery during the shift. An ultra-fast shift time of 290 milliseconds means the EDC system is extremely responsive.
The first of the two clutches looks after the odd numbered gears (1st, 3rd and 5th) and the second the even numbered (2nd, 4th, 6th) and reverse.
By adopting a dry clutch system, friction is minimised, which has led to appreciable fuel consumption savings and lower CO2 emissions compared with a conventional automatic. This means the automatic models meet the criteria of Renault’s eco2 all-round environmental performance.
Performance is smooth and free of jarring, and thanks to an optimised ‘creep’ control, the vehicle pulls away gradually as the brake pedal is released.
The system also incorporates a hill-start assist function: when starting on an uphill incline, pressure continues to be applied to the brakes when the driver lifts off the pedal, keeping the vehicle stationary for a few seconds. Together with the creep control function, this prevents risk of the vehicle slipping backwards.
1.6 dCi 130 with Stop & Start
In the five- and seven-seat versions of the Scénic family, the all-new 1.6 Energy dCi 130 was the most powerful 1.6 diesel engine of its size on the market at launch.
Compared to the previous 1.9-litre diesel with the same power, the engine achieves a drop in CO2 emissions of more than a fifth, from 149 to 114 grams per kilometre. Thanks to this reduction, its benefit-in-kind rating for company car tax rating is just 20%, while the savings add up even further with VED in Band C. Rounding off the engine’s array of talents, its combined fuel economy is an impressive 64.2 mpg, a 25 per cent improvement.
The headline figures for the new Energy dCi 130 make for impressive reading. In spite of its fuel-sipping economy, powering Grand Scénic it dispatches zero to 62 mph in 10.3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 121 mph. In everyday driving, its torque of 320Nm from 1,750rpm, an increase of 20Nm on the former 1.9-litre diesel with the same power, is also likely to appeal, together with peak power of 130hp at 4,000 rpm.
Packed with advanced technology
The 1.6 dCi 130 features a raft of solutions which have given rise to significant CO2 emissions and fuel consumption savings, among them the use of EGR and Stop & Start technology.
It is covered by 15 Renault patents and is the core-range powerplant for C-segment models. It also features in Renault’s D-segment and van line-ups.
This project was developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which means this engine will consequently power Nissan models too. It is also covered by the strategic cooperation agreement signed by the Alliance and Daimler.
This engine is manufactured in France at Renault’s Cléon plant which is acclaimed for its production expertise in the field of technologically-advanced diesel engines.
1.2 TCe 115
This new-generation 1.2-litre petrol engine achieves impressive efficiency – an official 43.5mpg in combined cycle driving. At the same time, CO2 emissions are just 145g/km, adding to ownership savings through low annual VED road tax bills.
The TCe 115 was the first Renault petrol engine to use direct fuel injection and turbocharging to gain fuel-efficient performance. The 1,198cc block has replaced the 1.6-litre 16-valve unit and, in spite of being smaller in capacity, it produces an extra 5hp and 40Nm more torque (maximum 190Nm), giving performance that is comparable to a 2.0-litre engine. With 90 per cent of peak torque available from 1,500rpm and across a broad range of engine speeds (from 2,000 to 4,000rpm), the engine offers the kind of flexibility and strong pick-up from low revs that is usually associated with diesel power.
As well as being the highest performance 1.2-litre petrol engine on the market, the TCe 115 is particularly fuel-efficient, marking a 25 per cent improvement in NEDC combined cycle consumption compared to the 1.6 16V 100 engine. The engine is a quiet performer, too, thanks to carefully tuned acoustics.
1.2 TCe 130
Joined the range in spring 2013 offering an even more impressive performance/economy package than the slightly more affordable 115hp unit. It delivers 130hp and 205Nm of torque, combined with 43.5mpg and emissions of only 145g/km.
Direct fuel injection and turbocharging
Employing direct fuel injection and turbocharging, combined with an integrated turbo manifold and double cam-phasing Variable Valve Timing (VVT), the TCe engines ensure maximum torque is available at low engine speeds, and across a broad rev band.
Fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber, optimising efficiency through careful adjustment of the strategy in line with the way the engine is being worked. The result is better combustion and, consequently, lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Stop & Start with ultra-fast start-up
When the vehicle is at a standstill, the system automatically detects the position of each piston and injects fuel into the most favourably placed cylinder, so that restarting is instantaneous. Energy recovered under braking and during deceleration is used to recharge the battery and enable the restart.
Together the Stop & Start and energy recovery systems account for 5 per cent of the 25 per cent savings in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions achieved by the new TCe 115 engine.
Ride and handling
Grand Scénic delivers genuine driving pleasure, ride comfort and reassuring, predictable handling that is up to the standard of a saloon car.
The specific roll angle – the angle by which the vehicle leans when cornering – is the lowest of any compact MPV and, with lateral acceleration of 0.40°/ms-2, is similar to that of a saloon. The segment average is 0.46°/ms-2, while the figure for Scénic II was 0.47°/ms-2.
Like Mégane Hatch and Coupé, Grand Scénic features a MacPherson-type front suspension coupled with a new horned subframe (“horn” cylinder diameter 62mm). This arrangement limits lateral movement of the subframe in relation to the body structure to give impeccable directional precision. The rear suspension is based on a programmed deflection flexible closed-section beam. The combination of this closed-section bar, which saves 2kg in weight, with a hollow-section, 25.2mm diameter front anti-roll bar (2.7kg lighter) ensures stiffer torsional rigidity and reduced vehicle weight.
Regardless of how many passengers or how great a load is on board, handling is tuned to deliver an extremely high standard of comfort. Extensive work on damping has led to better control of vertical movement, improved absorption of uneven road surfaces and optimised body movement control. This progress is chiefly due to four key measures:
Spring flexibility (front 15mm/100DaN, rear 18mm/100DaN)
Hydro-elastic lower wishbone mountings
New pressure front dampers
Wheels and Tyres
Two wheel sizes are available: 16-inch alloy with 205/60 tyres and 17-inch alloys with 205/55 tyres.
Thanks to 280 or 296mm-diameter vented front discs and 260 or 274mm-diameter rear discs, Scénic can stop in just 39 metres from 62 mph, even after repeated braking.
Grand Scénic is equipped with an electric power steering system developed for the current Mégane.
A more advanced power steering control unit (1,000Hz compared to 420Hz on Scénic II), faster inductive torque sensor (0.6m/s compared with 2.4m/s) and more dynamic servo motor (bandwidth 300Hz compared with 70Hz) combine to deliver swifter response to driver input and improve steering feel.
These modifications result in greater directional precision and a more responsive front-end, contributing to Grand Scénic’s reassuring, car-like handling without detracting from the quality of ride comfort.
8. SAFETY, SECURITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Renault places significant emphasis on developing the most effective technologies possible when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting vehicle occupants. This approach is based on the results of research into real-life accidents and safety at LAB – Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroën’s Accident Analysis, Biomechanics and Human Behaviour Laboratory. The intention is to design solutions for the real-world situations drivers are likely to encounter; Scénic has naturally benefited from this ongoing work.
Grand Scénic is available with systems and features that help prevent risk situations arising in the first place: –
LED running lights
Seatbelt reminder for the front seats and an audible warning if a rear seatbelt is unbuckled
Visio System by Renault
A key element in the equipment upgrade bestowed on Grand Scénic is the Visio System by Renault. Scénic and Grand Scénic were the first Renault models to offer this new technology, which assists the driver’s vigilance and night-time vision through a lane departure warning system (a camera detects if the drivers strays out of lane and triggers an audible signal) and an automatic headlight function (the same camera detects the lights of nearby vehicles and/or the presence of street lighting to automatically switch from dipped to main beam, and vice versa).
Scénic’s roadholding and stopping power are important elements in its all-round safety performance. Numerous driver aid systems are provided as standard to help the driver take corrective action in difficult conditions or emergency situations: –
ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Emergency Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ASR traction control and CSV understeer control
Hill Start Assist – standard on Grand Scénic
To protect those on board in the event of a collision, Grand Scénic incorporates: –
A programmed crumple structure, which absorbs impact energy, protecting the cabin and its occupants
Strategic use of materials with specific qualities to maximise impact energy absorption and dissipation of kinetic energy, including high, very high and very, very high elastic limit steels.
Third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection, including:
Anti-submarining protection in the seat design
Seatbelt double pretensioners, which restrict forward movement of the body
Seatbelt load limiters
Adaptive dual-chamber airbags
Twin side impact sensors linked to dual chamber/dual pressure thorax-groin-abdomen airbags. These were first introduced on Laguna and subsequently featured across the Mégane range
Three-point ISOFIX child seat mounts on all three second row seats
Easier fastening seatbelts thanks to buckle stalks that are positioned higher and are more flexible
Improved headrest design with fixing rods that slide within the headrest instead of forming part of the upper seatback. This improves protection of the neck in a rear impact. The curved shape of the seat lets the occupant’s back sink 60mm into the seatback, resulting in less movement of the head and thorax.
The front-end design of Grand Scénic profits from features designed to protect pedestrians in a collision. The bumper’s rigidity and thickness absorb energy at shin and knee height. Special attention has been paid to the energy absorbing capacity of the bonnet and associated elements, including the wings, concealed wipers, bonnet catch and inner bonnet skin.
Environmentally-respectful vehicles with Renault eco²
Extensive work on minimising weight, carefully-honed aerodynamics and a range of low fuel consumption or biofuel-compatible engines enables Scénic to showcase Renault’s expertise when it comes to protecting the environment.
The Renault eco² signature has enabled the brand to break new ground by announcing its commitment to reducing the ecological impact of vehicles across their full lifecycle Three versions of Grand Scénic (the dCi 110 Stop & Start, dCi 110 EDC and dCi 130 Stop & Start) comply with the three criteria to qualify for the signature:
CO2 emissions less than 120g/km, or biofuel compatible.
Produced in an ISO 14001-certified factory.
Car to be 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, and at least five per cent of plastics to be sourced from recycling.
Although Grand Scénic is larger than its predecessor, careful attention went into keeping its weight to a minimum, as well as optimising its underbody aerodynamics (deflectors ahead of the wheels, streamlined shielding). The result is fuel consumption and CO2 emissions which figure among the lowest of its class, yet without detracting from either driving pleasure or performance.
Grand Scénic is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, and almost 14 per cent of the plastics it contains – equivalent to an average of 34kg across the range – are sourced from recycling.
9. INSURANCE, SERVICING AND WARRANTIES
Peace of mind for four years: Renault 4+
As with all new Renaults, Grand Scénic is covered by a four-year warranty which offers unlimited-mileage cover in the first two years and then two further years of protection up to 100,000 miles. Four years roadside assistance cover is provided. All-inclusive servicing packages are also available for up to 4 years.
Long servicing intervals are also part of the package, with oil changes recommended every 18,000 miles/one year for all models. Components are designed for longer life and cost efficiency: the air filter and sparkplugs need replacing every 37,000 miles, while the timing belt should be changed every 75,000 miles. Features such as a fully galvanised engine sub-frame and wax-injected hollow sections underpin the provision of a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty as standard.
Insurance Group (1 – 50)
Dynamique Nav TCe 115
Dynamique Nav TCe 130
Dynamique Nav dCi 110
Dynamique Nav dCi 110 Auto
Dynamique Nav dCi 130
Limited Nav TCe 115
Limited Nav TCe 130
Limited Nav dCi 110
Limited Nav dCi 110 Auto
Limited Nav dCi 130
11. MODEL CHRONOLOGY
The first generation Scénic is launched, pioneering a new compact MPV market segment.
Scénic is voted European Car of the Year.
Scénic production passes the two million mark.
Renault launches the all-new Scénic II at the Geneva Motor Show in March; the vehicle goes on sale in June. Grand Scénic makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. In the same month, Scénic II becomes the latest Renault model to gain five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing and is acclaimed as the safest car in its category.
Seven-seat Grand Scénic is introduced to the market.
In May, production of Scénic II passes one million at Douai factory. In July, Scénic and Grand Scénic revised with new styling details, improved interior and new trim levels. The five-seat version of Grand Scénic is introduced in October, together with a new 2.0 dCi 150 diesel engine and model’s first diesel automatic, the 1.9 dCi 130 FAP Auto.
Renault reveals the New Scénic and New Grand Scénic at the Geneva motor show in March. UK sales of New Grand Scénic begin 15th May (ordering from 7th April), with New Scénic following on 17th July.
Carminat TomTom integrated satellite navigation introduced as standard equipment on Dynamique and Privilège models. New ‘City Pack’ offered. Scénic and Grand Scénic gain new 1.5 dCi 110 FAP engine with EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission.
January sees launch of 2011 range with two trim levels: Expression and Dynamique Nav
Grand Scénic 2012 is unveiled at the Brussels motor show and subsequently introduced in the UK in February in a rationalised mode range that features a single equipment grade, together with two new engines – the 1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start diesel and (from April) the 1.2 TCe 115 petrol – and new exterior styling details. Grand Scénic becomes the first Renault model to offer the Visio by Renault system, combining a lane departure warning system with automatic headlamp beam control.
Scénic range facelifted with new Renault brand identity, plus arrival of crossover-look inspired XMOD and new 1.2 TCe 130 engine