2016 Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic Driving, Interior, and Exterior – Video
It’s clear that the new Scenic is part of the latest wave of Renault models, with strong influences from the Kadjar SUV, including a similar front end with a bold diamond badge set into the grille and sleek lights with LEDs, while the swooping roofline, curvy windowline and gloss-black trim pieces along the bottom of the doors are reminiscent of the Captur crossover.
The black plastic cladding around the bottom of the car is another hint at the car’s SUV influences, while there’s also a raised ride height, longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and the front and rear overhangs – the bodywork beyond the wheelarches – has been reduced. All models get large alloy wheels, too, with even 20-inch rims available across the range on both the Scenic and Grand Scenic versions.
As the new Scenic shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Megane, it’ll get a similar range of petrol and diesel engines.
There’ll be 94, 108, 128 and 158bhp diesels and 113 and 128bhp turbocharged petrols to choose from. The two most powerful diesels are available with Renault’s EDC automatic gearbox.
A diesel hybrid will join the range by the end of 2016. Renault calls it a “Hybrid Assist” model and it works with a 48v battery linked to an electric motor that supports the conventional diesel engine. It’ll give the 108bhp diesel extra acceleration power at low speeds, but with lower fuel consumption, too.
Both the Grand Scenic and the standard five-seat-only Scenic will be on sale by the end of 2016. The Hybrid Assist version should be available before the end of the year, too. And while there’s no official word on pricing yet, we don’t expect much of a change from the current model’s £19,500 starting figure.