Renault Scenic XMOD to make Geneva debut
Monday 04 February 2013
• Replacement for outgoing Scenic
• 4×4-like looks
• Full details to be announced at Geneva
A new crossover-esque car, the Renault Scenic XMOD is set to make its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The new car will replace the Scenic in the UK, while a facelifted Grand Scenic is also expected to follow.
The XMOD is based on the outgoing Scenic but benefits from a raised ride-height, new, chunky, bumpers, new wheels and roof-bars to enhance the 4×4-like looks.
Despite the looks, the new car will not be offered with four-wheel drive. Instead it will be front wheel drive, but equipped with a clever traction-control system, dubbed Grip Xtend, which will improve traction during light off-roading. This is similar to the system found in the Fiat Panda Trekking.
On the outside, the XMOD follows on from the new Clio and Zoe models, by introducing the new Renault design language to the Scenic range, with its prominent badge and large headlights, whilst also incorporating 4×4 styling cues, such as chunky sills.
Inside, it will benefit from Renault’s R-Link infotainment system, which has a tablet-like user interface and enables you to buy apps for the car, from a dedicated online store, much like the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Under the bonnet, the new Scenic will be powered by a range of three ENERGY engines, with the most noteworthy being the TCe 130 petrol engine with Stop & Start, which is set to be 15 per cent more efficient than the previous version of this motor.
Full details about price and specification will be announced at March’s Geneva Motor Show and it will be available to order in the UK from March, with first deliveries expected in May.
By James Richardson