New Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic 08 | 11 | 2016

    RENAULT HAS RELEASED prices and spec for its new Scenic and Grand Scenic ranges which will go on-sale in Scottish dealerships on December 1. Prices will start from £21,445 for the regular Scenic, with the larger Grand Scenic starting at £23,375. First deliveries are scheduled for before the end of the year.

    Both the five-seat Scenic and the Grand Scenic — which is available in either five or seven-seat forms — ditch the conventional MPV images of their predecessors. Instead they take on a more muscular crossover-derived styling, building on the success of the looks of the Captur.

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    Worth highlighting right from the start that all models in the new Scenic ranges come with 20in alloys as standard.

    Four trim levels — Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav — will be available across both models, and all will be fitted with dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, heated mirrors, a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen infotainment as standard.

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    According to Renault, the new range is also the first in their class with an active emergency braking system and pedestrian detection as standard.

    Inside the cabin, all models from Dynamique Nav trim and above get five interior ambience modes; they also have a sliding centre console for extra storage, plus satnav and Renault’s R-Link2 infotainment software.

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    Step up above the Dynamique Nav, and all models benefit from a larger 8.7in touchscreen (instead of the regular 7.0in unit), a colour head-up display and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.

    Black leather seats and a Nappa leather steering wheel, LED headlights and a driver’s seat memory function are further pieces of standard kit on the range-topping Signature Nav.

    As you’d expect, there’s a host of options available across both cars, including  hands-free parking technology and 360-degree parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot and distance warning features, electro-chrome rear view mirror and a panoramic glass roof. Additional safety options include lane-keep assist.

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    There are two petrol and three diesels power plants available from launch, with a hybrid assist model scheduled to arrive in Spring next year.

    The petrols are both turbocharged 1.2 TCe units delivering either 113bhp or 128bhp, while there are two 1.5 and one 1.6 dCi diesel engines, producing between 110bhp and 158bhp. Renault claims a best fuel figure of 72.4mpg.

    Buyers get the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or EDC dual-clutch automatic. While the most potent diesel is only available with the EDC ’box, the lower-output engines only getting the six-speed manual.

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    Next year’s hybrid assist — which recovers energy during deceleration to power the car’s electric system and also charge the motor’s battery — mates the 108bhp diesel engine to an electric motor with a 48V battery. Available only with the manual gearbox, Renault claims it will return 80.7mpg at the pumps and emit just 92g/km of CO2.

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    Jim McGill

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