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December launch for Renault Scenic line-up

Five-seat and seven-seat versions of fourth-generation MPV.

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Renault will launch the fourth-generation version of its Scenic MPV onto UK roads in December.

Available like its predecessors in both five-seat Scenic and seven-seat Grand Scenic versions, the car will cost from £21,245.

Renault claims to have invented the compact MPV segment with the launch of the original Scenic in 1996, and the arrival of the latest model completes the renewal of the brand’s entire UK range, the French manufacturer stating that it has the most up-to-date model range on sale in Europe.

Both models are built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) platform, which has been employed across the European Renault range including on the Megane, Kadjar, Espace and Talisman.

Engine choices will range across five units. There will be two TCe turbo petrol options, both of 1.2 litres, with either 115 or 130hp and matched a manual transmission. Diesel buyers will have a choice of a 1.5-litre dCi of 110hp with either a manual or EDC dual-clutch auto gearbox, the 1.6-litre 130 in manual form only, or the range-topping 1.5-litre dCi 160 engine with EDC.

Renault also intends to offer a hybrid-assist version of the car, combining the dCi 110 diesel with a 10kW motor that cuts fuel consumption by around 8 to 10 per cent. Models equipped with this engine, which goes on sale in Spring 2017, will have quoted combined cycle fuel economy of 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 92g/km.

Both variants will be sold in the four trim levels familiar across other Renault models, Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. Renault is heavily promoting the safety package that includes an Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard on all models – claiming to be the only vehicles in the class with this technology. The Visio active safety system is also standard comprising lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and auto high/low beam headlamps.

Other standard equipment on entry-level models includes an electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electric heated and folding door mirrors, an integrated fuel filler with the cap a part of the fuel flap, a leather steering wheel, a DAB radio with AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen and cruise control. Grand Scenic models also include roof rails.

Renault dealers will open order books for the Scenic on 1st December with first deliveries to customers later that month.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.