New Renault Scenic II | Part Two

Reanult New Scenic

 

Innovative, Compact And Dynamic Design

The one-box design and the dynamic rear styling, contained within an overall length of only 4.25 metres – 8cm longer than Scénic I – brings a new level of individuality. The special care devoted to standard of finish, and the regularity and width of shut-lines, give New Scénic the appearance of a robust vehicle shaped from a single block. By carrying across the taut lines of New Mégane Hatch and Sport Hatch, New Scénic displays a modern and expressive style. The use of a front face in tune with the Renault visual identity – though different from other Méganes - and the distinctive treatment of the rear window, signal its membership of the Renault range. The vehicle offers all the features of a grand tourer: wider track, longer wheelbase, and reduced overhangs bringing greater space for the interior yet easier parking.

Warm and welcoming, the cabin interior is equipped with a unique dashboard within the Mégane range with a centrally mounted instrument panel. This makes it visible to all occupants, enhances the feeling of space and helps to better share information. The materials used for upholstery and finish reflect Renault’s drive for improved quality, notably the generous use of soft slush plastics on the upper surfaces of the dashboard. Finally, the "Touch Design" treatment of the New Scénic controls renders their operation more intuitive and more pleasant to touch.

The Smarter MPV

Pioneer of the MPV, Renault brings to New Scénic all its expertise in order to achieve maximum interior space and flexibility - as it does well to remember that 50% of Scenic buyers do NOT have children at home but want a car that is flexible to the needs of their lifestyle. Thanks to the horizontal form of its roofline, New Scénic gains 26mm of headroom in the front, placing it among the best in the class. In addition, elbowroom is increased by 23mm.

With high priority given to back seat space, New Scénic offers knee room of 226mm, which remains the largest in the market. With a windscreen area of 1.40 sq. metres, unequalled in the segment, New Scénic provides an even more remarkable panoramic view.

New Scénic naturally retains all the versatility offered on Scénic and adds new functions. The main new feature is the mounting of the gearchange on the dashboard and the availability of an automatic parking brake for optimum ergonomics and interior space layout. The floor space thus freed allows the installation of a new sliding central console storage feature. Electrically unlatched, it slides from the dashboard to the back seats for easier sharing between front and rear occupants.

In addition, the front passenger seat can now be folded to form a flat, hard-surfaced table. This enables the loading of very long objects. Finally, New Scénic remains the only compact MPV to be available with an opening rear tailgate window for loading in confined spaces.

By treating all free volume as storage space, New Scénic further strengthens its leadership in terms of travelling comfort. The storage spaces in New Scénic are more numerous, notably with the 15-litre sliding centre console feature, more accessible, and better divided between the front seats and the back, creating a benchmark volume for the segment. Increased in size to 17 litres, the cooled glovebox becomes the largest in the segment. In addition, four drawers beneath the seats are always accessible, as well as four compartments made possible by the flat floor.

According to the position of the back seats, the luggage space varies in volume from 430 to 480 litres (VDA). It can be partitioned off by a luggage retention net.

Exploiting the advances achieved in New Mégane, New Scénic enjoys high levels of acoustic and thermal comfort. The control of wind noise and engine noise means that New Scénic has excellent sound-deadening. Thanks to the higher-capacity heating and air conditioning components from New Mégane, thermal comfort in New Scénic matches the best levels.

When it comes to travelling pleasure, the cabin interior provides benchmark interior lightness thanks to a panoramic sunroof with an area of 1.61 sq. metres – unique in the segment. At the same time, the fitting of roller sunblinds in the rear doors and an interior communication mirror help to make travelling more sociable.

continues... | Part Three
Published 17 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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