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July 20, 2006

RENAULT: Facelift for Renault Scenic

A facelift for Renault Scenic, Grand Scenic, and five-seat Grand Scenic unveiled.


To make sure it meets the needs of every one of its customers, Renault is to
introduce an exclusive triple offering in the compact MPV segment: five-seat
New Scenic and Grand Scenic, plus seven-seat Grand Scenic.

Modernization of the New Scenic line-up takes the form of a number of styling
changes, a choice of new body colours and enhanced interior finish quality,
while the all-new trim levels feature modern, more durable materials.

Renault Scenic Interior

Combining the respective strengths of Scenic and seven-seat Grand Scenic has permitted Renault to respond to customer demand in the compact MPV segment with the introduction of five-seat Grand Scenic which boasts class-topping boot and stowage capacity. Meanwhile, New Scenic's long list of equipment guarantees unrivalled comfort and driving pleasure.

The New Scenic and five and seven-seat Grand Scenic come with a comprehensive choice of powerplants, including four diesel engines equipped with common rail technology and four 16-valve petrol engines. The range of transmission options comprises manual five- and six-speed gearboxes, plus proactive automatic transmissions, including the new Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed AJ0 six-speed transmission. Every one of these powertrains combines driving pleasure and environmental friendliness due to CO2 emissions that are amongst the lowest of the vehicle's class.

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In addition to its active safety features, New Scenic comes with the full range of passive safety equipment previously seen on Scenic II which was awarded a five star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

New Scenic meets a twofold objective: to maintain Renault's lead in the Western European compact MPV segment and to contribute to the marque's growth across the rest of the world.

Built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance C platform, New Scenic and five and seven-seat Grand Scenics are produced in Renault's Douai factory in northern France.

Revised lines and new trim levels

New Scenic's exterior design is a direct evolution of that of Scenic, while its lines have been modernized 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 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 or xenon module. The rear lights employ light emitting diodes (LEDs). Two new wheeltrim 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 Scenic is available in a range of new body colours (Twilight Blue, Extreme Blue, Iceberg Blue, Beige Grey and Goyave Green).

Scenic's interior evolutions have focused on updating and enriching all trim levels, as well as enhancing the durability and finish quality of interior parts, thanks notably to the use of new materials.

An intelligently laid-out interior and carefully tailored cabin space

The launch of New five-seat Grand Scenic underlines Renault's resolve to meet the demands of all its customers.

With a bigger boot compared with that of seven-seat Grand Scenic, this new version of Grand Scenic 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, providing 32 extra litres. As with Scenic, five-seat Grand Scénic rear passengers benefit from the presence of under-seat drawers.

The absence of a third row of seats has also permitted five-seat Grand Scenic's rear part of the floor to be lowered to provide still more boot space and enhanced rear passenger comfort.

Scenic has always stood out as a benchmark in terms of functionality and seat modularity, and New Scenic builds on its predecessor's acclaimed versatility.

It comes with a long list of features aimed at enhancing the pleasure of day-to-day motoring: automatic parking brake, rain and light sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, GPS navigation, etc. To maintain its leading edge, New Scenic now comes with the Carminat Satellite Navigation and Communication system seen on top-of-the-range Renaults. This advanced equipment incorporates the satellite navigation system, an audio system complete with dash-mounted 6CD multi-changer MP3, hands-free Bluetooth telephone controls and a 6.5-inch (16.5cm) 16:9 screen.

Finally, the rear parking assist system previously seen on Scenic II can now be combined with an identical system for the front on New Scenic.

An unmatched range of engines and transmissions, plus acclaimed chassis

New Scenic and five and seven-seat Grand Scenic can be ordered with a comprehensive choice of four diesel engines - all equipped with common rail technology - and four 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 85 to 150hp (63 to 110kW). The 1.9 and 2.0 litre engines are also equipped with a periodic regeneration particulate filter. The four petrol engines, which extend from 1.4 litres to the 2.0 litre turbo, deliver between 100 and 165hp (72 to 120kW).

The transmission range is equally extensive and features two five- or six-speed manual gearboxes plus two proactive 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.

In terms of comfort and handling, New Scenic and five and seven-seat Grand Scenic benefit from the same quality of steering and suspension that forged the reputation of their predecessors, while evolutions to the electric power steering system ensure even greater feedback from the road. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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