The bigger brother of the Megane E-Tech comes with a practical, tech-filled, and sustainable interior
September 4, 2023 at 04:42
Renault unveiled the all-new fifth generation of the Scenic, which adopts the E-Tech moniker, at the IAA Mobility Motor Show in Munich. One of the pioneers in the compact minivan segment has been transformed into a fully electric crossover retaining a family-friendly character, with a focus on sustainability and safety.
The production model looks similar to the Vision Scenic Concept from 2022, albeit with toned-down features. Renault hopes that the crossover stance will make it more desirable to buyers, since minivans are pretty much dead in Europe if you exclude the LCV-based proposals.
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The aggressive face of the Scenic E-Tech adopts the split headlight treatment similar to the Rafale SUV flagship, with a special pattern for the covered grille. The futuristic alloy wheels measure up to 20 inches in diameter and add up to the Peugeot-inspired features brought by ex-Peugeot and current Renault design boss Gilles Vidal. Other notable features include the flush door handles, the aluminum-style exterior accents, and the dark-tinted Y-shaped taillights.
The Renault Scenic E-Tech measures 4,470 mm (176 inches) long, 1,864 mm (73.4 inches) wide, and 1,571 mm (61.9 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm (110 inches). Those figures make it 64 mm (2.5 inches) longer and 82 mm (3.2 inches) shorter than the discontinued fourth-gen Scenic minivan, with a nearly identical width. It is also 271 mm (10.7 inches) longer than the closely related Megane E-tech compact crossover, positioned as a larger and more spacious alternative in Renault’s EV lineup despite being exclusively available with a five-seater layout.
The Renault Scenic E-Tech is sharing the CMF-EV architecture with the Megane E-Tech and the Nissan Ariya. At launch, the model will be available with two battery sizes and two power outputs. The entry-level Scenic E-Tech gets a synchronous electric motor producing 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 280 Nm (206.5 lb-ft) of torque, and a 60 kWh battery pack allowing a WLTP range of over 260 miles (418 km). The flagship variant will get a more powerful electric motor producing 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS) and 300 Nm (221.3 lb-ft) of torque, and a larger 87 kWh battery which is good for over 379 miles (610 km) of range.
The market launch of the Renault Scenic E-Tech in Europe is scheduled for early 2024. Production will take place at the Douai plant in France, which is part of Renault Group’s ElectriCity facilities.
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