New Renault Scenic II | Part Three

Renault New Scenic

 

Outstanding Driving Pleasure

The extended driving position and more vertical steering wheel enhance driving comfort making Scenic as comfortable as New Mégane but with the advantage of a raised driving position for better visibility.

As a world premiere in the compact MPV segment, New Scénic introduces three technical innovations: the bi-xenon headlamps first seen in New Espace IV, the automatic parking brake, and the fuel filler flap with built-in cap. For additional comfort, the model also benefits from parking sensors.

New Scénic uses the front and rear suspension of New Mégane and enjoys the same benefits of precision and roadholding to achieve well controlled dynamic comfort. The use of large-diameter anti-roll bars, and the width of track, ensures exemplary control of roll angles. Little affected by quality of road surface, when accelerating or braking, New Scénic exhibits exemplary stability. The variable-assist electric steering is quick and precise yet without being excessively reactive.

New Scénic provides a wide choice of powertrains which make it easy yet dynamic to drive and are carried over from the Mégane hatch. The engine range comprises the latest VVT 16V petrol engines and common rail dCi diesels. The range of five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes and the sequential flick-shift proactive automatic transmission is taken from New Mégane with changes in gearing to adapt to the needs of New Scénic.

For greater peace of mind, New Scénic provides active safety of the highest order. It is the first MPV in the C segment to be available with new-generation ESP including CSV understeer control, and it carries over the tyre pressure monitoring system and the PAX System run-flat tyres introduced by its predecessor. The specification is completed by ABS and Emergency Brake Assist.

Excellence In Passive Safety

The structure of New Scénic includes many strengthened zones with programmed deformation and is based on the 5 star EuroNCAP crash test rated Mégane hatch. The restraint mechanisms of the third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection, with three-point safety belts for all seats, guarantee close coupling to the seats and ideal protection for all occupants. The New Scénic safety system includes six airbags including two adaptive frontal bags.

A long-Lasting Investment

New Scénic inaugurates the new AVES (Alliance Vehicle Evaluation Standard) quality standard common to Renault and Nissan, based on customer perception in terms of build quality. The global dimension of the New Mégane programme calls for levels of quality and reliability meeting the most demanding standards. The extension of service intervals, improved component durability, 3 year vehicle warranty and the 12-year anti-corrosion warranty, insurance classifications and shorter repair times allow New Scénic to ensure the customer benefits from lower operating costs. Its exterior noise level is only 71dB, the record achieved by New Mégane. Finally, by reducing CO2 emissions and using recycled plastic materials and renewable materials, New Scénic adopts the same environmental solutions as New Mégane.

The New Mégane Programme - Act II

With over 2 million units produced to the end of 2002, Scénic, voted Car of the Year 1997, has beyond doubt left its mark on the Mégane line and the European C segment. The first compact MPV in the segment, Scénic immediately succeeded in attracting a wide European public looking for interior space and greater versatility, resulting in profound changes within the C segment. From 1996 to 2002, Scénic retained its lead position despite the progressive entry of other manufacturers and the growing number of models in the segment. Since 1998, Scénic alone had a 5.8% share of the European C segment and in 2000, the year in which the Mégane range as a whole achieved its highest performance with 12.4%, Scénic took 6.8% of the segment.

In the UK more Scenics have been sold than any other compact MPV – 192,867 since 1997 to the end of 2002 and sales have improved each year, now to around 40,000, as the overall market expanded with the entrance of new competitors.

With the new Scénic about to be introduced, the Douai factory is operating at full capacity (1,650 units/day on average in 2002) building a model which enjoys undisputed success. In 2002, Douai set a new production record for the third consecutive year of over 350,000 units per year. With the arrival of the new model, production is organized around two final assembly lines, one exclusively for New Scénic, the second capable of building a mix of New Mégane Hatch, New Scénic and New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet. This flexibility has been made possible by an industrial process designed from the outset around a single platform and the use of a very high number of common components by the different body types. Thus Douai will benefit from an overall production capacity of 550,000 units a year with flexibility between three different body types.

Grande Scénic - Coming Soon

With a seven-seat version, longer by 23cm, Renault will in 2004 become the only manufacturer to offer two versions, five-seat Scenic and seven-seat Grand Scenic, in the C-segment MPV class. This additional version will include two seats forming a third row, individually folding flat into the floor. The three independent seats in the second row rather than a bench seat as in other MPVs enables access to be gained to the third row without all the second-row occupants having to leave the vehicle.

Full details of New Scenic will be issued during the Summer prior to going on sale in Autumn 2003.

Published 17 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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