Renault offers new Scenic view

Renault Scenic (2016)

UNDETERED by the rise of the crossover - including its own excellent Captur and Kadjar - Renault clearly still believes there is life left in the idea of building so-called MPVs for family customers, says William Scholes.

As one of the segment's innovators - first with the Espace, then the original Scenic - Renault's contributions to so-called multi-purpose vehicles - surely one of the dafter labels given to a car - are always worth a careful look.

This is the upcoming Scenic which, Renault boldly claims, is a "completely fresh take on the compact MPV".

A three-part windscreen "that provides a panoramic view and enhanced visibility", a ride height that seems to border on that of an off-roader and very large wheels seem to be part of the fresh take.

Indeed, 20-inch wheels will apparently be standard fit. I do wonder if the sharply angled rear door window line will restrict children's view out.

Mechanically, the Scenic is identical to the imminent new Megane, so expect a solid array of frugal diesel and petrol engines backed up by manual and automatic gearboxes.

The inevitable seven-seat Grand Scenic will follow, and sales in Northern Ireland are likely to begin before the end of the year.


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