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Renault reveals all-new Grand Scenic MPV

Hot on the heels of the new Scenic, which was announced at the Geneva Show in March, comes the larger Grand Scenic, which will be available as both a five- and seven-seater

  • Five- and seven-seat MPV range unveiled
  • 20-inch wheels standard, with two-tone paintwork available
  • Goes on sale alongside new Scenic later this year
This is our first chance to see the all-new Renault Grand Scenic. Available as both a five- and seven-seater, it will go on sale alongside the new Scenic, which was unveiled at the Geneva Show in March.
The new Grand Scenic is some 24cm longer than the Scenic, meaning the larger car has 222 litres more bootspace (in five-seat mode) than its smaller brother. As a result, it has 40 litres more than the previous-generation model, as well as being a little longer and wider. The looks of the new car are very much in the same vein as those of the new Scenic, but the Grand Scenic stands out with the sculpting on the side, the always-on 3D-effect rear lights the roof rails, which will be standard on some versions. A fixed panoramic glass sunroof will brighten up the interior, while the car can also be specified in a two-tone finish, with the roof, door mirror housings and windscreen pillars finished in a contrasting colour. Meanwhile, the cabin can also be customised thanks to the 13-litre ‘Easy Life’ console that sits between the front seats and can be slid backwards and forwards. Depending on the trim level, it can come with two USB ports, an SD card slot, an audio jack socket and a 12-volt power supply.
All versions will have 60/40 split rear seats, the two parts of which can be slid independently, while the various compartments around the cabin (including four under-floor cubbies) combine to give a further 38.5 litres of stowage. The One Touch Folding Seats function that comes with certain trim levels allows the rear seats to fold automatically with just one tap on the infotainment display or by using the control fitted in the boot.
Among the other technology available will be Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system that is centred around an 8.7-inch touch-screen that allows smartphone-style ‘pinch and zoom’ operation, as well as voice recognition for the sat-nav, telephone, apps and radio. It also allows drivers to personalise their experience, giving them access to a choice of five different driving modes and five ambient light settings. There will also be plenty of safety-related features available, including Active Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Fatigue detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and a hands-free automatic parking system. A range of petrol and diesel engines will be available, ranging in power from 108- to 158bhp, but for the first time there will also be a ‘Hybrid Assist’ engine. This uses an electric generator and a 48-volt battery to recover deceleration energy, which allows the electric motor to assist the engine, resulting in more responsive performance and lower fuel consumption, says Renault. Like the Scenic, the Grand Scenic will go on sale later this year, and it will rival the likes of the Ford Grand C-Max and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. Full details of the new car’s range, specification and price will be announced nearer its on-sale date

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