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2016 Renault Grand Scénic

By Franky Johnson

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March saw Renault reveal its all-New Scénic, a striking, compact MPV with pioneering proportions and, in an unprecedented move, 20-inch wheels as the standard fitment across the range. It is now the turn of the new Grand Scénic to break cover and extend the Scénic line-up.

The All-New Grand Scénic, a family vehicle par excellence, comes with either five or seven seats and features a fresh approach in term of its design, including:

  • Chrome or Metal Grey accessories, sculpted forms and body sides, and a distinctive belt line towards the rear which combine to produce a fluid, elegant silhouette.
  • For the first time in the segment, 20-inch wheels are standard, while a two-tone livery and harmonious interior trim underline the model’s modern personality.

Cabin modularity and travelling comfort – which are two strengths that have helped to forge the Scénic’s reputation – have been thought through to ensure that the needs of families are met even more closely. A One Touch Folding Seat function allows the rear seats to be folded automatically to obtain a flat floor and facilitate loading. Meanwhile, the new Grand Scénic is 24cm longer than the new Scénic and consequently boasts extra boot space and carrying capacity compared with its sibling: 718dm3 VDA (five-seat version) for an extra 222dm3 VDA compared with the new Scénic.

The new Grand Scénic comes with a comprehensive suite of driver aids too, including Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment for the first time in the segment. The list continues with technologies from the next segment up, such as Multisense experience, a R-Link 2 multimedia tablet complete with a large 8.7-inch display and a full-colour head-up display. Last but by no means least, the fourth generation of the model can be specified with Renault’s Hybrid Assist electrified diesel engine.

The All-New Scénic and All-New Grand Scénic (five or seven seats) will be available for sale before the end of the year 2016.

The new Scénic will be available with BOSE® Surround Sound audio, an innovation initially seen only on Renault models from the next segment up. Once again, engineers from Renault and BOSE® collaborated closely to produce a tailor-engineered sound specifically configured for the new Grand Scénic thanks to the optimal positioning of thirteen high-powered loudspeakers: a central loudspeaker at the front to ensure well-balanced sound, ten high-performance loudspeakers spread around the cabin to generate clear, precise quality, and a subwoofer incorporating two speakers in the boot to reproduce music in all its original depth. This combination allows all occupants of the vehicle to enjoy an exceptional, immersive audio experience.

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