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Gen IV Renault Scénics ex-factory in 2017

  • Fourth generation Scénic/Grand Scénic in ’17
  • Four trim levels, 21-strong model range
  • Choice of five engines – and hybrid, too
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year.
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault

PARIS, France – Renault’s fourth generation of the global Scénic and Grand Scénic range will reach Europe in December – which means South Africa some time early in 2017.

The cars, Renault says, have “a raft of unique-in-class safety features and technologies usually associated with the segment above”.

The latest SUV’s, a model first seen 20 years earlier, was first shown at the early-2016 Geneva auto show with its C-shaped front lighting array and 20″ wheels rims.

The smaller model will again be a five-seater, the stretched version will have two jump seats in the boot, and in the UK at least will be priced (guidance only for SA) from the equivalent of about R360 000.

2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault

The Corner has already reported at length on the new models.

Renault says the Scénic Gen IV, which joins the current Kadjar, Mégane and Mégane Sport Tourer ranges, means the brand now has the newest model range on sale in Europe.

For now, anyway…

The Scénics will be assembled in four trim levels using the same established branding as other models: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. Each will, Renault says, have a comprehensive standard specification with the top model “truly luxurious”.

They also claim to be the only vehicles in the class with vehicle-activated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

All models have lane departure darning, traffic sign recognition and auto high/low-beam switching. Other, variously, have an electronic parking brake, diode daytime running lights, roof rails, auto aircon / headlights / windscreen wipers, power-adjustment for the heatable and folding external mirrors, leather-wrapped steering-wheel, 4x20W digital radio with auxiliary socket and Bluetooth, and a 19cm touchscreen – that last on every version.

Cruise control / speed limiter, fully adjustable steering-column, height adjustable driver’s seat, gear-shift indicator and a front 12V socket across the range – each of which has a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

Oddments/security solutions include four under-floor compartments.

2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault

Crash mitigation/avoidance solutions include six crash bags, load-limited pre-tensioning seat belts, side penetration protection bars and IsoFix child-seat mounts for the outer two rear seats, emergency brake-pressure assistance, stability/traction/understeer control and hill-start assistance for those who, nevertheless, must have passed their driving test.

Dynamique Nav units add front and rear parking radar, tired-driver warning and hands-free unlock/lock keycard with walkaway lock and welcome functions – the car will open and lock itself, fold/unfold the external mirrors and turn the lights on/off according to the direction in which the driver is moving.

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Dynamique Nav and above have five modes to alter the driving set-up and interior ambience – Neutral, Comfort, Eco, Perso and Sport. Another, ‘Multi-Sense, will modify accelerator and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, five cabin lighting colours.

Dynamique Nav, the automaker says, comes with a sliding centre console (so rear passengers can use it too) with 13-litres of storage, four USB ports and auxiliary audio input, Arkamys 3D Sound 4x35W digital radio and a 19cm touchscreen, that last for the multimedia system providing satnav with traffic updates.

2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault
2017 RENAULT SCENIC: Generation IV of the now 20-year-old five- and seven-seat SUV range early in new year. Image: Renault

Rear passengers will find aircraft-style, one-touch easy-folding rear seats, diode reading lights, sun blinds and cupholders.

The Dynamique S Nav has unique-in-segment features such as a 22cm portrait touchscreen housing the a multimedia system and a head-up colour display, rear parking camera screen, glass roof with power blind, electrochrome rearview mirror, extra-tinted rear window glass and (dCi 160 EDC a/t models) a Bose 11-speaker sound system.

The range-topper Signature Nav adds black leather upholstery, Nappa leather on the steering-wheel, power adjustment for height/lumbar support adjustment for the front seats (memories for driving seat), and diode head- and foglights.

FIVE ENGINES – HYBRID STILL TO COME

Driving assets available across the range include following cruise control, blind-spot / safe driving space warnings, vehicle self-parking and all-round proximity sensors.

There are six high-value equipment packages available, to personalise the All-New Scénic and Grand Scénic, depending on version. Get more information by calling your nearest Renault dealer.

The five engines are two Energy TCe turbopetrol units (1.2 petrol options with power outputs of 86 or 97kW (manual only) and three turbodiesels – 1.5/82kW, 1.6/97kW or 1.5/120kW.

FOUR-YEAR WARRANTY IN EUROPE

A hybrid-assisted diesel will be added in early 2017 to boost the 82kW diesel through a six-speed gearbox. The electric motor wil be powered by a 48V battery-pack. Renault has listed a fuel-consumption for this model of 2.8km/100km.

All models (in Europe, at least) will be covered by a four-year or 160 000km warranty (whichever comes first) with the first two years having no distance limit, a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ cover against corrosion.

Service intervals annually or every 28 800km.

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