Like its smaller sibling, the Grand Scenic got a sporty redesign and impressive interior package

Back in March, Renault pulled the sheet off of the all new Renault Scenic based on the R-Space concept. Now, just a couple months later, Renault is pulling the sheet off of its bigger brother – the Grand Scenic.

The Grand Scenic is nine inches longer, almost one inch wider, and just over a half-inch taller than it’s smaller sibling. It comes standard with 20-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, full-color heads-up display, parking assistance, and a host of engines that include five diesel options and two gasoline options.

Furthermore, it offers seating for five or seven people, two-tone livery from the second equipment level up, and an all-new color – Vision Brown – that is exclusive to the Grand Scenic. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Grand Scenic has a completely redesigned front end, more fluidic body lines, and a reworked rear end. The end result: Renault just made the compact MPV segment a little sexier.

Needless to say, the new Grand Scenic is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The body flows smoother from front to rear, there’s plenty of interior room, and the standard features are surprising – even on the entry-level model. Even from a quick glance, you can see that the body was designed to have a look of depth from the side and that the roof doesn’t slope downward as aggressively as it did on the outgoing model. All told, it’s one of the better “redesigns” that we’ve seen in a while.

The new Grand Scenic will go on sale before the end of the year, with the full U.K. model lineup, specifications and pricing announced closer to the official launch. So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at Renault’s new Grand Scenic and all the fine details hidden within.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Renault Grand Scenic.

Exterior

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Renault put a lot of time into redesigning the Grand Scenic. Up front, there is an all new fascia, new headlamps, new grille, and a redesigned hood. As you can see, the front grille now extends farther downward around the Renault emblem and features rectangular cutouts. Down below the corner vents have been redesigned and aren’t integrated with the air dam like on the outgoing model. The upper and outer edge of each vent have a chrome strip to add a sense of depth, and the air dam features horizontal slats. The new headlights have a zig-zag bottom edge, with what looks to be an LED strip along the upper and outer edges. The hood is now more muscular and features several character lines that were non-existent on the outgoing model.

Moving back from the hood, things get a little weird compared to the outgoing model. Instead of the A-pillars having a sunk-in upward curve, the A-pillars on the new Grand Scenic are the exact opposite. The windshield is considerably longer, and there are now corner glass panels ahead of the side view mirrors. Along the side, the waistline is rather jagged, dipping in the middle to a point, then traveling upward as it approaches the rear quarter glass.

All told, the exterior is fresh, lively, and really raises the bar for the compact MPV segment.

Down below the waistline, the body is somewhat bubbly and seems to bend the light from certain angles. At the bottom of the doors, the body in sunk in a little bit, giving a 3D effect, and making room for a piece body cladding between to two wheel arches. And, look at those wheels – they come standard as 20-inch units and feature a twisted, five-spoke design. It gives the car a very high-end appearance compared to the wheels on the outgoing model.

As I mentioned before, the roof on the new Grand Scenic doesn’t slope downward as much in the rear because it is a little bit longer than on the outgoing model. There is a small overhang on the rear hatch that is painted in the same color as the roof. The taillights are still boomerang shaped like on the outgoing model, but they are mirrors with the outer curve of the lens wrapping around the rear quarter. The reverse lights are integrated into the bottom of the lens, and the lens itself is well contoured compared to those on the outgoing model. The rear glass is now shaped like a stretched out hexagon as opposed to being rectangular, and the body panel of the hatch is elevated between the two taillights. Down below the rear fascia is a little shorter, and features a grey trim insert that runs the full width of the fascia.

The roof itself is a full panoramic unit without a cross member, which helps to brighten the interior and the model shown here is painted in exclusive Vision Brown. All told, the exterior is fresh, lively, and really raises the bar for the compact MPV segment.

Interior

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Looking at the interior, the first word that comes to mind is “wow.” If you had never seen the new Grand Scenic before, you might not recognize it as a Grand Scenic by looking at the inside. With the odd shape of the A-Pillars, the corner class on each side of the windshield clearly eliminates what would be a massive blind spot. The dash is much more refined and takes on the look and feel of most other vehicles.

That weird instrument cluster and a display screen that sat almost in the middle of the dash is gone. Furthermore, the dash isn’t half as long as it used to be. The instrument cluster has been moved to behind the steering wheel and looks to be at least partially digital, and the center stack now features a vertically oriented 8.7-inch touchscreen display. The gear shifter is still just below the center stack, but it is now on more of a slant, making it easier for the driver to reach.

Renault says higher-end trim levels will feature Club Brown colored trim on the upper part of the dash and the door panels.

The car is also equipped with what Renault calls an “Easy Life” sliding center console. When pushed all the way forward it locks to the center stack, just below the steering wheel and gives the car more of a “saloon car cockpit feel,” but when slid toward the rear, there is a more open floor plan that provides more room for all passengers. The console features 13 liters of storage space. The front storage area is lit and covered by a sliding door, plus there is an integrated armrest that lifts up to expose two USB ports, an SD card slow, and audio jack, and a 12-volt socket.

The pictures here depict an all-black lower interior, but Renault says higher-end trim levels will feature Club Brown colored trim on the upper part of the dash and the door panels. Surely, this will be above that deep cut that visually connects the door trim to the dash when the doors are closed. The car can be optioned with five or seven seats, with the structure of the front seats similar to those found in the new Espace. They feature eight-way power adjustment, and high-end versions can be optioned with heated seats. Furthermore, the third row of seating is also similar to that found inside the Espace. The rear seats can be folded electronically by a single touch on the infotainment screen display or via a button in the rear cargo area. On the five-seat model, the new Grand Scenic offers 25.36 cubic feet of storage space with the seats in the rearmost position. With the seats moved forward, that space increases to 30.58 cubic feet.

Rear passengers get the comfort of having Easy Life folding tables. When deployed, the tables offer the ability to attach tablets of different sizes, plus the USB ports on the back of the center console offer enough power to keep those devices charged. When the tables are folded away, they offer a small storage compartment for mobile phones or even a gaming console. Furthermore, the pictures here also depict smooth, blue ambient lighting on the doors and below the center stack. All told, the cabin is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and, for a compact MPV, would pleasing to be in even on longer journeys.

Drivetrain

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Renault has yet to release engine or performance specs but, depending on the market, the Grand Scenic can be had with one of five diesel engines or one of two gasoline engines. On the diesel front, there are a three 110 horsepower options. There the standard Energy dCi 110 attached to a six-speed manual. That engine is offered in the same configuration with hybrid assist, or with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. There’s the 130-horsepower Energy dCi 130 with a six-speed manual transmission and the Energy dCi 160 EDC with a six-speed dual clutch trans. On the gasoline side of things, there is the 115-horsepower Energy TCe 115 and the 130-horsepower Energy TC3 130, both of which come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.

As part of the programming for the R-LINK2 system, drivers will be able to select different driving modes in the new Grand Scenic. Options include Neutral, Sport, Comfort, Perso, and Eco. Renault didn’t elaborate on the different modes, but Neutral and Eco will likely yield the best gas mileage, while Perso will probably let the drive configure different settings himself. Comfort will likely soften the suspension a bit and provide smoother shifting, while Sport should yield harsher shifting and stiffer suspension for more spirited driving.

Surely, Renault will divulge more performance related figures closer to the Grand Scenic’s launch later this year, so stay tuned for future updates.

Safety

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The new Grand Scenic comes with all of the major driving aids that are also found in the new Espace, Tailsman, and Megane. These systems include adaptive cruise control, active emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, safe distance warning, traffic sign recognition with over-speed prevention, blind spot warning, reverse camera, automatic headlights, a full array of parking sensors and parking assist. These systems can be turned on or off via the R-LINK 2 infotainment system.

The lane keep assist feature is active between 44 and 100 mph and will automatically adjust the steering as needed to keep the car in the proper lane. The lane departure warning will alert you of lane drifting by vibrating the steering wheel, and when driving above 37 mph, the car will automatically visually and audibly alert you if you’re driving in an erratic driving line.

Prices

At this point, official pricing is a bit of a mystery, but should be released closer to the Grand Scenic’s official launch. The current Grand Scenic starts out at £22,860 (about $33,429) and climbs to £23,360 for the range-topping Dynamique Nav Bose + trim. Given the current pricing, expect the new Grand Scenic to start out around £23,500 or about $34,365 before options, taxes, and delivery.

Competition

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

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If the new Renault Scenic competes against the Citroen C4 Picasso, then it’s only right that we talk about the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso as a competitor for the Grand Scenic. The C4 entered its second generation in 2013 and has yet to be refreshed for this life cycle. As such, it is a little outdated compared to the all-new Grand Scenic. It features a center-mounted instrument cluster like the outgoing Grand Scenic and doesn’t have anywhere near as sporty of an exterior. It does, however, offer seating that folds flat into the floor and ample cargo room – just like the new Grand Scenic. It does offer a full hosting of safety and driver assist systems, but the touchscreen infotainment system is a little out of date.

On the engine front, gasoline- and diesel-powered variants are available ranging anywhere between 120 horsepower and 165 horsepower with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The C4 Grand Picasso starts out at £20,715 or $30314.75 at current exchange rates.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

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The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a pretty sporty proposition if you’re looking for something the Grand Scenic would compete with. It has a comfortable and inviting interior with a driver-oriented instrument cluster and a small display screen oriented into the center stack. It is offered in six different trims: Design, Exclusiv, Energy, Sri, SE, and Elite.

Available engines include a 138 horsepower 1.4-liter gasoline engine attached to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. On the diesel front, there is a 135-horsepower 1.6-liter attached to a six-speed manual or a 168-horsepower 2.0-liter that can be equipped with a manual or automatic six-speed transmission. The Zafira Tourer starts out at £17,815 (about $26,061 at current exchange rates) and climbs to as high as £24,245 for the range-topping Elite trim.

Conclusion

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You can’t really argue with the fact that Renault really stepped its game up with the new Scenic and Grand Scenic models. In comparison to the competition, it is more stylish and offers better features all the way around – effectively raising the bar for the MPV market. The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a little more on par with the new Grand Scenic but, if the competition wants to keep its fair share of the market, they all need to step up their game and come correct. Otherwise, a model like the Grand Scenic is going to start snatching up their corners of the market customer by customers until it dominates the market. Good Job, Renault. You finally made the Scenic and Grand Scenic appealing to even me.

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    • Not coming to the U.S.
    • Range-topping trim could be expensive
    • May dominate the market

Press Release

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March saw Renault take the wraps off the 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.

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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 final UK model-line up, version specifications and pricing will be communicated nearer to the on sale date later in 2016.

The lines of the long version of the new Scénic have been carefully honed to offer families a vehicle with a fluid, elegant silhouette:

A longer wheelbase and shorter rear overhang compared with the previous generation version.
Elegantly sculpted sides plus a distinctive belt line towards the rear.
The vertical form of the new Grand Scénic permanently-lit 3D-effect rear lights stands out from the new Scénic’s ‘horizontal’ rear light cluster.
A fixed, panoramic glass roof with no cross-member for an even brighter cabin.
Fitted as standard from the second equipment level up, the new Grand Scénic’s practical matt-finish aluminium roof bars add refinement and status.
A Metal Grey diffuser incorporated in the rear bumper skirt.

The new Grand Scénic – more modern than ever:

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In a segment first, 20-inch wheels are standard across the range (see below)
A two-tone livery is available from the second equipment level up, either as an option or a standard feature of higher-end versions (depending on market). The colour of the door mirror housings and windscreen pillars is coordinated with that of the roof (Black or Grey).
The launch colour – Vision Brown – is specific to the new Grand Scénic.

Unprecedented: 20-inch wheels for all versions

Probably the most groundbreaking feature of the new Scénic’s design is the fitment of 20-inch wheels as standard across the range. These narrower wheels (195mm) are both a technological and styling innovation. With a sidewall height of 107mm – equivalent to that of the Scénic 3’s 17-inch tyres – the new Scénic’s tyres ensure a level of ride comfort that is amongst the market’s very best.

This bold design choice was a key guiding principle behind the project from the start. Indeed, these large wheels make an active contribution to the car’s balanced proportions and are customisable on demand thanks to a comprehensive choice of rims and inserts, called ‘add-ons’. These rims and add-ons have also been devised to save weight and streamline the car’s aerodynamics, which leads to lower fuel consumption. The unique size of these wheels (195/55 R20), and the fitment of specifically developed tyres for lower energy consumption and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, also guarantee class-leading rolling resistance.

The Easy Life sliding centre console between the front seats enables drivers to customise the cabin layout at will:

When the centre console is in the forward position, it tucks beneath the large portrait-format display to form a single unit, creating a saloon-car cockpit feel for the driver who still benefits from the high-up seating position associated with MPVs.
With the console in its rearmost position, the new Grand Scénic boasts a more ‘open plan’ arrangement that can be shared between the driver and the car’s other occupants.

Higher-end versions feature a Club Brown interior trim (upper part of the dashboard, front door trim) for a warm, refined ambience.

Genuine travelling comfort for up to seven occupants

A comfortable, judiciously-designed modular cabin

The new Grand Scénic can be specified with either five or seven seats, with all passengers benefiting from the same careful attention to travelling comfort that has forged the Scénic’s reputation over the years. The occupant-friendly modular cabin features a long list ingenious solutions and equipment designed to meet the needs of modern families.

The structure of the front seats is similar to those of the new Espace. Eight-way power adjustment, including lumber adjustment, and heated seats are available for higher-end versions.
Independently sliding 60/40-split second row seats for all versions.
In the case of the seven-seat version, the design of the folding third row seats is similar to those of the new Espace.
The One Touch Folding Seats function available for certain equipment levels enables the rear seats to fold automatically in order to obtain a flat floor and optimised carrying capacity with just one tap on the R-LINK 2 display or by using the control fitted in the boot.

The Easy Life sliding centre console – a hallmark of the Scénic – has evolved in order to cover the new requirements of both front and rear passengers, providing up to 13 litres of storage capacity. The front part of the console offers a lit stowage area protected by a sliding cover, plus an integrated armrest, underneath which can be found two USB ports, an SD card slot, an audio jack socket and a 12-volt power supply (depending on equipment level). Rear passengers have access to two USB ports, an audio jack socket, a 12V socket and their own dedicated storage space.

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Additional carrying capacity and a bigger boot compared with the new Scénic

The new Grand Scénic, which is 24cm longer than the new Scénic, provides additional carrying capacity and a bigger boot in comparison with its sibling. With the rear seats in their rearmost position, the carrying capacity of the five-seat version is 718dm3 VDA (equivalent to 765 litres). Total carrying capacity can be extended to 866dm3 VDA with the rear seats pushed fully forward. The new Grand Scénic also comes with a sliding luggage cover.

With a total additional stowage capacity of 63 litres, the new Grand Scénic stands out as the class leader in the long compact MPV segment. In addition to the Easy Life sliding centre console, the new Scénic boasts several other ingenious stowage solutions for an additional capacity of 38.5 litres. This is achieved notably by retaining the four underfloor compartments that have always been particularly appreciated by families.

In the back, the new Grand Scénic is equipped with Easy Life folding tables (standard or optional, depending on market) which are ideal for family use on longer journeys. In the deployed position, it is possible to attach electronic tablets of different sizes. When folded, there is a small storage area that can accommodate a mobile phone, a gaming console or perhaps crayons. The two USB ports at the rear of the sliding centre console mean electronic devices can be used without time restraints.

The impressive array of family-focused equipment inside the new Grand Scénic continues with sunblinds for rear passengers, either as standard equipment or available as an option, depending on version.

Advanced technology for a reassuring driving experience

Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection fitted as standard – unique in the segment

For the first time in the compact MPV segment, the new Grand Scénic – like the new Scénic – features Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment. This driving aid functions across a speed range of 5mph to 37mph (7kph to 60kph) and is complementary to conventional Active Emergency Braking (AEBS City and Inter-Urban).

Like the new Scénic, the new Grand Scénic also comes with:

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA): this feature works at speeds between 44 and 100mph (70 and 160kph) and adjusts the steering to keep the Grand Scénic in the correct lane if it senses that the vehicle is drifting. The system also warns the driver if he or she leaves the lane (Lane Departure Warning, LDW) by causing the steering wheel to vibrate.
Fatigue detection warning: at speeds in excess of 37mph (60kph), the vehicle’s line is permanently analysed. Should an anomaly be detected, visual and audible warnings are activated.

The new Grand Scénic boasts all of the market’s major driving aids that can also be found in the new Espace, the Talisman and the All-New Mégane. These Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can be accessed and activated via the R-LINK 2 tablet and combine to provide the following functions:

Reassure: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS),
Alert: Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Safe Distance Warning (SDW); Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention (TSR with OSP); Blind Spot Warning (BSW),
Assist: Reversing camera; automatic dipped and main beam headlights (AHL); front, rear and side parking sensors; Easy Park Assist (hands-free parking).

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These driving aids are the building blocks for autonomous driving.

Hybrid Assist available for the All-New Grand Scénic

The new Grand Scénic is available with a choice of five diesel powerplants – including an electrified Hybrid Assist engine – and two petrol engines (depending on market). Hybrid Assist, which comprises an electric generator and a 48-volt battery, recovers deceleration energy, thereby allowing the electric motor to assist the internal combustion engine. The benefit is more responsive performance and a lower fuel consumption.

Technology from the next segment up

The new Scénic and Grand Scénic benefit from CMF C/D (Common Module Family) modular architecture and come with a wide range of features more generally associated with the next segment up, as seen on the new Espace and Talisman D-segment models. This version of the CMF platform has also been used on the All-New Mégane and All-New Kadjar.

A connected driving experience courtesy of the 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet

Higher-end versions of the new Grand Scénic are equipped with R-LINK 2 complete with an 8.7-inch (22cm) portrait-format display. Unique in the compact MPV segment, the system benefits from an easy-to-use capacitive ‘pinch & zoom’ screen, much like that of a smartphone or tablet computer.

R-LINK 2 includes voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone use, apps and radio, ensuring easy access and safe operation of its various functions.

R-LINK 2 features:

Clear, intuitive graphics, similar to those employed by tablets and smartphones, complete with click and-drag to move icons, page scrolling, two-finger zoom, etc.
Easy customisation, courtesy of three configurable home pages with widgets (icons) and up to six different profiles that allow swift access to pre-set driving settings and in-car ambience preferences,
A control centre which controls the activation and deactivation of the majority of functions, including driving aids and climate control management,
Connectivity: a package that includes a free 12-month subscription to TomTom Traffic, access to the R-LINK Store’s catalogue of motoring-related apps and up-to-date European maps (depending on market).

Multisense: Personalised driving experience

Multisense technology allows users to personalise their driving experience by modifying the response of the accelerator pedal and engine, adjusting the speed of the gearshifts performed by the EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission and controlling the firmness of the steering and the cabin lighting environment.

A Multisense button on the dashboard’s centre console provides direct access to five different driving settings which are displayed on the R-LINK 2 screen: Neutral, Sport, Comfort, Perso and Eco.

This is complemented by a choice between five interior lighting ambiences: sepia, red, blue, purple and green. The selected ambience covers the centre console – as well as the front and rear door panels of high-end versions – and matches the colour of the dashboard’s TFT screen and portrait-format R-LINK 2 display.

Full-colour head-up display

The retractable full-colour head-up display enhances driving comfort and safety by making the driving aids (ADAS) more legible and easier to use. Without the driver needing to take his or her eyes off the road, the screen displays all relevant information (current speed, navigation instructions, driving aids) to ensure a relaxed driving experience.

BOSE® Surround Sound

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The new Scénic is 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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