Two decades ago, Renault kick-started the now hugely successful compact MPV segment in 1996 with the Scenic. Seeing three generations and 5 million sales over this 20-year period are clear indications of success for the French manufacturer and with that in mind, Renault are now set to introduce the new Scenic.
The leading principal underlying the development of the fourth generation Renault Scenic was to take a completely fresh approach towards the compact MPV. In comparison to the current outgoing Scenic, this new incarnation has been given raised ground clearance, a shorter rear overhang and a wider front and rear track makes for a bold and solid presence.
The C-shaped headlights at the front benefit from LED Pure Vision technology for higher-end models whilst, like the new Espace, the new generation Scenic features a three-part windscreen, which provides enhanced visibility and a panoramic view ahead.
Whilst a great deal of information is yet to be announced, the Scenic is likely to offer a choice of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, as found in the Megane, which will be mated to either a five or six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic option
It won’t be plain sailing all the way for Renault, however. The current Scenic has plenty of ground to make up against key rivals such as the Citroen C4 Picasso. Furthermore, sales figures show that customers now opt for the larger SUV option over the smaller MPVs and successes such as the Nissan Juke and Volvo XC90 calls into question how much longer the mini MPV market will stick around for.
The new Renault Scenic will make it’s public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1, where we will find out whether it is still worthy of it’s compact MPV crown.