The Grand Scenic | Part Two

All the advantages of New Scénic…and then some

Renault, the pioneer of the MPV, has applied all its expertise to Grand Scénic to develop a more spacious and modular cabin. Grand Scénic retains the adaptability of New Scénic and is equipped with two additional independent seats in a third row, individually folding beneath the floor. These allow the five-seat layout to be instantly converted into one with six or seven seats. The operation is easy, carried out with one hand and in a single movement.

Thanks to the additional 5cm of wheelbase added between the doors and the rear wheels, access to the third seat row is gained simply by tilting one of the side seats in the second row forward. As in New Espace, a fold-away mechanism for the rear attachment makes for easier access and jacks are installed beneath the second-row seats to hold them in their folded position and ensure safe tilting. The three separate seats allow access to the third row without all the second row occupants needing to leave the vehicle. When the second-row seats, mounted on slides, are in the forward position, two adults of average size can be comfortably accommodated in the rear of the vehicle.

In order to allow easier access to the luggage compartment without opening the rear hatch, Grand Scénic and New Scénic are equipped, according to version, with an opening tailgate window.

In its seven-seat configuration, Grand Scénic provides the largest luggage space in its class with a volume of 200 litres. In the five-seat configuration, the 120mm sliding adjustment of each second-row seat allows the available space to be increased to 550 or 605 litres. The maximum load length, with the front passenger seat backrest folded down, is 2.75m. Finally, the load volume increases to 1920 litres if the second-row seats are removed.

Grand Scénic carries over most of the storage space provided in New Scénic, with the exception of the drawers beneath the second-row seats, which have been removed to make foot space for the third-row passengers. Storage volume within Grand Scénic totals 104 litres (versus 91 litres in New Scénic) thanks to a closed three-litre storage compartment for the left-side passengers, and two special eight-litre bins behind the rear wheel arches.

Top-level travelling comfort

The Grand Scénic cabin is exceptionally light and airy, with a windscreen area of 1.40 square metres and a panoramic sunroof with an area of 1.61 square metres. It is also equipped with roller sunblinds in the rear doors, an interior communication mirror, and the Renault Card which operates in the same way as in the entire New Mégane programme.

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Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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