As one would expect given its pioneering status as the first compact MPV range, New Grand Scénic will be the launch platform for several new engines and items of equipment. In terms of powertrains and transmissions, the new seven-seater (no five-seat versions in the UK) will benefit from the 1.4 TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) 130, 2.0 VVT 140 CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and 2.0 dCi 160 FAP.
The new TCe 130 engine, the third engine in the TCe range after the 100hp and 180hp versions, is an illustration of the expertise Renault has acquired in downsizing. It is available now for New Grand Scénic, and later this year at the launch of New Scénic.
With an aluminium block and single-scroll turbo, this new 1,397cc powerplant boasts the power of a 1.8-litre engine (130hp) and the torque of a 2.0-litre (190Nm). Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, it is particularly fuel efficient and also respectful of the environment, thanks to combined cycle fuel consumption of 39.8 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 170g/km.
Also appearing for the first time in a Scénic model is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Following its recent introduction in the New Mégane Hatch and Coupé ranges, this new transmission eliminates the need for conventional gear changes to provide smooth, stepless performance. Mated to the 2.0 16V petrol engine, in Grand Scénic it offers 140hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 195Nm at 3,750 rpm. Thanks to the work of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's engineers, its emissions, fuel consumption and acoustic performance are also among the finest in its class.
Featuring alongside the latest engine technology developments, are the new integrated Carminat TomTom, Renault's first rear parking camera and ingenious adaptable headrests for the front two rows of seats, which can be folded on either side to follow the shape of an occupant's head for added comfort and support on long journeys.
Available on Expression models upwards in the UK, to assist safe parking, the reversing camera displays a view of the zone situated immediately behind the car on the navigation system screen. Meanwhile, the TFT (Thin Flim Technology) screen displays a colour depiction of the car indicating the direction the driver needs to steer as s/he parks. This is overlaid by a second colour illustration, showing the vehicle as it moves. The TFT screen also displays an outline view of New Grand Scénic with nearby obstacles in front of, and behind, the car picked out using colour coding.
The four model range begins with Extreme, offering a well-equipped family car with plentiful space and flexibility from £14,995. Key features on this entry-level version include 4x15W RDS radio with CD MP3, air conditioning, front and rear curtain and front lateral airbags, digital dashboard display, ESP, front electric windows, keyless car with Renault card, TunePoint (for connecting portable music players).
Moving up the range, Expression benefits from a higher specification, focused around convenience and practicality. Among its core features are: automatic parking brake, child minder mirror, electric rear windows, folding passenger seat and the all-new TFT dashboard.
The likely best-seller, Dynamique, includes an even higher level of equipment than the current range, with 16' alloy wheels (17' on dCi 150 and dCi 160 versions), automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth, cruise control, Hands free keycard, leather steering wheel, Multi-functional TunePoint and speed limiter.
Completing the range, flagship Privilège trim provides luxurious family motoring, adding dual-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, rear parking sensors and sliding centre storage unit.
Six comprehensive Option Packs will also be offered, bundling popular items such as parking sensors, electric panoramic sunroof and satellite navigation into simple, cost-effective packages, compared to purchasing the equipment separately. Prices start at £250 for a Convenience Pack (Privilège), rising to £1,950 for Navigation Pack.Renault teams Up with Disney Pixar
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