The Renault Scenic It has stopped manufacturing at the beginning of May. He quietly said goodbye after several years of bestselling, being one of the leaders in the minivan segment. The long version Grand Scénic will still be manufactured for a few months, but it will also cease to be manufactured in a few months.
Thirty years after its launch, the Renault Scenic will return to the market in 2024. But it will no longer do so as a minivan, but as a electric SUV.
To whet your appetite, Renault has presented the Renault Scenic Vision. The Renault Scénic will follow the new aesthetic language of the brand and will become the older brother of the Mégane E-Tech electric. Like this one, it will leave the factory in Douai (France).
The Scénic Vision is 4.49 meters long, that is, 9 cm more than the Scénic that has been discontinued. Due to its specific electric platform, it has a wheelbase of 2.83 m (10 cm longer than the Scénic).
However, the car stands out above all for its design, which despite wanting to follow the aesthetic language of the brand, according to its creators, also breaks with what is established in the brand.
Its silhouette is solid and simple, it is that of a family SUV, but the treatment of surfaces is not typical of Renault. The brand has accustomed us to smooth shapes, without edges, while the Scénic Vision seems to make the complex surfaces own Lexus or the ‘Flame Surfacing’ from when Chris Bangle was at the helm of BMW. And to top it off, it is inevitable to see from certain angles a bit of CUPRA and Skoda Enyaq.
In any case, the design is striking, despite the black color of the car, and it has curious details, such as the 21-inch wheels that are equipped with mobile fins to optimize aerodynamics at high speeds and the cooling of the brakes below 10 km. /h.
On a mechanical level, the Scénic Vision also breaks with the usual in these cases. Yes, it is an electric car, but with a hydrogen fuel cell. The propulsion system of the Scénic Vision is made up of the 215 hp electric motor (it is the one from the Mégane E-Tech) associated with a 40 kWh battery already one hydrogen fuel cell 15 kW to charge the battery on the move.
Gilles Vidal, Renault’s chief designer, has confirmed that the lines of the concept car are a very close approximation to those of the production vehicle expected in two years’ time. However, in order not to reveal all its assets too soon, the Scénic keeps some secrets and keeps some about its interior.
An interior without a dashboard, but with 10 screens
Therefore, the interior of the concept is avant-garde and futuristic, and therefore unrealistic. In fact, the rear doors that open in opposite directions and the structure without a central pillar will not reach the production phase. The 2024 Scénic will have a B-pillar and classic opening doors.
Inside, the dashboard, as such, does not exist. Well yes, it is actually a full width screen at the base of the windshield. All the necessary information is projected on it (speed, state of charge, navigation, etc.).
This equipment, which extends from one pillar to another, aims to “erase” the hood and the front of the vehicle. Renault’s aim here is to provide the driver with a 24% improvement in visibility and a 6.7 degree increase in viewing angle. It is something that should have a positive impact driving in the city.
The screen that acts as a dashboard is not the only one. In fact, the Scénic Vision has more screens than a BMW i7: there are ten screens spread throughout the cabin. The goal is to provide direct access to a function without having to go through a plethora of menus and submenus on the main screen.
In other words, physical buttons that had one function have been replaced by screens that have one or two functions. It is necessary? No. Does it add anything in terms of ergonomics? No. Does it represent an economy for the manufacturer? No, in fact, it would be more expensive than using buttons. In reality, it is a digital arsenal solely for show as evidenced by the connected service between passengers.
Some of those screens are used for the four passengers to be connected. But not with the world or with an app, but with each other. They can talk to each other through the headrest microphones and you no longer have to turn around or get closer: the passengers in the front have those in the back on a dedicated screen.
Fortunately, the production version of the Scénic should have far fewer screens. However, this opens up the field of possibilities and suggests future interior designs for the brand between now and 2030. In any case, the standard Scénic should have a dashboard inspired by the design of the Renault Mégane E-Tech and Renault Austral.
The steering wheel has a joystick shape that is more reminiscent of airplane controls than a classic steering wheel. The interior is upholstered in recycled and recyclable white fabric. And it’s not just the upholstery, a good part of the materials that make up the interior are recycled. In fact, the different polyesters that make it up are designed to be infinitely reused.