PARIS: Voila! Renault has officially announced the arrival of its latest fourth-generation Grand Scenic multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in five or seven seater guises and is due to go on sale later this year.
At the moment, it's been launched in Vision Brown, but there's more choices to be had under the hood with five diesel engine choices, one of which gets a Hybrid Assist option, with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch and two petrol engines mated to a six-speed manual only.
In terms of size, the seven-seater Grand Scenic, against its predecessor, has a wheelbase that's been stretched by 35mm to 2,804mm, and its dimensions have also followed suit - being 4,634mm-long (+75mm), 1,865mm-wide (+20mm) and 1,660mm-tall (+15mm). The five-seater Scenic is 240mm shorter that the Grand Scenic.
The added measurements have contributed to an additional 40 litres of boot space at 765 litres in the five-seater and cruises around 30mm-higher at 160mm of ground clearance thanks while rolling on 20-inch wheels as standard and wearing 195/55 series tyres.
It also gets a permanently lit 3D-effect rear light cluster, fixed panoramic roof without a cross-member, matt-finish aluminium roof bars, Metal Grey rear diffuser, two-tone livery (depending on market), as well as door mirror housings and windscreen pillars coordinated with the colour of the roof (Black or Grey).
Inside the Club Brown modular cabin, there's folding tables, sun blinds, a one-touch folding rear seat function for the seven-seater to create a flatbed, sliding centre console between the front seats that takes after those from the Espace and comes with eight-way power adjustability including lumbar adjustment and heating.
Depending on market, driving aids include a full-colour heads-up display, active emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, fatigue detection warning, adaptive cruise control, safe distance warning, traffic sign recognition with over speed prevention and blind spot warning.
Other equipment includes reversing camera, automatic dipped and main beam headlights and easy park assist.
Entertainment comes from an 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet for a connected driving experience with ‘pinch & zoom’ screen functionality, voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone use, apps and radio - all of which gets connected to a 10-speaker (including a sub-woofer with two incorporated speakers in the boot) Bose surround sound system.