Renault has unveiled the facelifted Scénic range of MPVs, evolving the look and equipment levels of Europe's perennial top-seller in the compact MPV segment.
Outside, the Scénic gets updated with the new corporate grille already in use on other Renault vehicles. In addition, the lower intake is larger, and the foglights residing in it have been moved further outboard. Headlights are updated to get an "HID look," and the taillights now use LEDs. If the integral paint option is selected, the rub strips and door handles get finished in the same color as the rest of the bodywork. New wheel trims and alloy wheel styles round out the visual changes.
Inside, Renault has improved fit ,finish and durability and incorporated higher-quality materials throughout. Complementing those changes is improved soundproofing aimed at creating a more serene cabin environment when underway.
In the case of the Grand Scénic, the addition of a 5-seat variant that deletes the third row seating means more interior storage capacity for that particular model. New creature comforts now pepper the options sheet, too. These include a CD/MP3 stereo, a fixed panoramic roof, darker privacy glass, and front/rear parking sensors. Additional new convenience options like an automatic parking brake and rain-sensitive wipers also appear as part of the model's freshenng.
Finally, two new engines join the roster of available powerplants: a range-topping 2.0-liter dCi with 150 hp and Scénic's first diesel automatic, the 1.9-liter dCi FAP Auto (FAP = particulate filter).
We have included photos of the previous Scénic for comparative purposes after the New Scénic gallery. It's all there for you after the jump.
(Additional photos, info after the jump)
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COMPACT MPV MARKET SET TO HEAT UP WITH LAUNCH OF NEW RENAULT SCÉNIC 2006 RANGE
- New five-seater Grand Scénic with class-leading boot space
- Two new engines: flagship 2.0 dCi 150hp and first diesel automatic, 1.9 dCi 130 FAP Auto
- Revised exterior styling includes xenon-look headlights, LED rear lights and new front and rear bumpers
- New interior trims and enhanced cabin quality
- New options include extra tinted windows, front and rear parking sensors and MP3 compatibility
- New Scénic 2006 range in UK showrooms from October 2006
The Renault Scénic's trademark virtues of innovative design, on-board refinement, style and versatility are taken to a whole new level with the New Scénic 2006 range, starting with the new flagship 2.0 dCi 150hp engine which has recently appeared to considerable acclaim on the Mégane, Laguna and Espace ranges, plus the first diesel automatic for Scénic II – the 1.9 dCi 130 FAP Auto (particulate filter).
The revisions to the New Scénic 2006 ranges take the form of a number of styling changes, a choice of new body colours, enhanced interior finish quality, more durable and modern interior materials and an extensive list of new options guaranteeing unrivalled comfort and driving pleasure.
Greater style, inside and out
New Scénic's exterior design is a direct evolution of that of Scénic II, while its lines have been modernised by a number of styling changes.
The front sports a new grille with a characteristic pronounced "V" in keeping with that featured on all recently introduced Renaults. The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned and the lower bumper air intake is wider and the foglamps have been relocated further toward the outside of the car. The new, more modern headlamp design is enhanced by an elliptical halogen module while the rear lights employ light emitting diodes (LEDs) on all versions.
Two new wheel trim designs and four new styles of aluminium alloy wheel are available according to equipment level. With the integral paint option, the bumper and door strips are body coloured, while the air intakes come with chrome surrounds. New Scénic is available in a range of five new body colours: Twilight Blue, Extreme Blue, Ice Blue, Topaz Grey and Java Green.
The contemporary feel to the New Scenic 2006 range continues on the inside where the interiors have evolved in terms of durability and finish quality of interior parts, thanks notably to the use of new materials.
New five-seat Grand Scénic
The launch of the new five-seat Grand Scénic underlines Renault's commitment to meet the needs of all its customers. With a bigger boot compared with that of seven-seat Grand Scénic, this new five-seat version boasts unrivalled stowage space in the compact MPV segment.
In addition to seven-seat Grand Scénic's existing 104 litres of cabin stowage space, the room underneath the floor usually given over to the third row of seats is freed up to serve as stowage space under the boot mat and the floor has also been lowered, providing 32 extra litres. The unrivalled boot space offers a minimum of 501 litres with the rear seats in their standard setting and a cavernous 1,928 litres with the rear seats removed. As with Scénic, five-seat Grand Scénic rear passengers benefit from the presence of under-seat drawers.
New Scénic 2006 – engines and transmissions
The extensive range of engine and gearboxes for Scénic is expanded still further with the new 2006 range. Beginning with the introduction of the quiet and powerful class-leading 2.0 dCi 150 on the most popular versions , other changes include a new six-speed gearbox replacement for the current five-speed on the 1.6 petrol engine and the introduction of a pro-active automatic version of the 1.9 dCi 130 FAP across all bodystyles on certain trim levels. The two-litre turbo petrol engine will no longer be available.
New Scénic and five- and seven-seat Grand Scénic can be ordered with a comprehensive choice of four diesel engines - all equipped with common rail technology - and three 16-valve petrol engines. The cubic capacity of the diesel engines ranges from 1.5 to 2.0 litres and boast a power output of between 86 to 150hp. The 1.9-litre diesel is also equipped with a periodic regeneration particulate filter (FAP). The four petrol engines, which extend from 1.4 to 2.0 litres, deliver between 100 and 136hp.
The transmission range is equally extensive and features two five- or six-speed manual gearboxes plus two automatic 'pro-active' transmissions. The latter, known as the AJ0 transmission, is a new six-speed gearbox developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. All these powertrains combine driving pleasure with environmental friendliness thanks to CO2 emissions that are amongst the lowest in this class. For example, the dCi 106 6-speed offers some of the greenest credentials in its class, with CO2 emissions of 144 grams per kilometre and an impressive 52.3 miles per gallon on a combined cycle.
In terms of comfort and handling, New Scénic and five- and seven-seat Grand Scénic benefit from the same quality of steering and suspension that forged the reputation of their predecessors, while evolutions to the electric power steering system, as seen on New Mégane 2006, ensure even greater feedback from the road.
The serene driving environment of a Scénic is also enhanced still further with the introduction of greater cabin, engine and drivetrain soundproofing.
Scénic 2006 – Unrivalled on-board comfort and luxury
The improvements to the New Scénic 2006 range extend beyond just the car's styling and engines, as is evident from the long list of new options available, including: MP3 radio-CD compatibility, extra tinted windows, fixed panoramic sunroof, front passenger seat height adjustment, and front and rear parking sensors.
Elsewhere, other features also help to enhance the ease-of-use and pleasure of day-to-day motoring in New Scénic 2006, such as automatic parking brake, rain and light sensors and cruise control with speed limiter.
New Scénic provides a very high standard of active and passive safety thanks to a range of driver aids, such as ABS, Emergency Brake Assist and ESP electronic trajectory correction
which help avoid risk situations, correct trajectory in emergency situations and protect occupants in the case of impact.
New Scénic's passive safety features are the fruit of Renault's third-generation System for Restraint and Protection which previously enabled Scénic II to obtain a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. The 'Sleep Safe' headrest, designed to protect the head and neck of 6-10 year old children in the event of impact, is also available as a factory-fit option for the first time.
An undisputed success
More than one million Scénic IIs have been produced at Renault's Douai factory in northern France (up to the end of May 2006) since its launch less than three years ago in 2003. The production of the millionth Scénic II coincides with the tenth anniversary of the introduction in 1996 of the original Scénic, the car which created the compact MPV segment.
With an average share of 19 per cent, the model has topped the Western European compact MPV market ever since its launch. The launch of Scénic II in 2003 marked a key step in Renault's profitable growth strategy. Today, Scénic accounts for 50 per cent of all Mégane range sales in Western Europe.
New Scénic has a two-fold mission: to maintain Renault's lead in the compact MPV segment in Western Europe and to contribute to the brand's growth throughout the rest of the world.
Built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance C platform, New Scénic is produced in Renault's Douai factory in northern France.
Renault range – one of the youngest car line-ups in today's industry
It's a busy time at Renault. Not content with implementing the initial stages of the company's significant growth plan, Renault Commitment 2009, the launch of New Scénic 2006 represents the final piece of the jigsaw in the renewal programme of the entire Renault car range in just 15 months. The first new Renault to arrive was revised Laguna which was launched in UK showrooms in March 2005 and has since been joined by the arrival of: New Clio, Kangoo 2006, Mégane 2006, Modus 2007 and Espace 2006.
Full UK equipment, pricing, technical and trim level details will be available nearer launch.