RENAULT Grand Scenic
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
For 2013, Renault updated the Scenic range, adding more style and better performance to the overall package.
Visually, the facelifted model comes with a reworked front end, wearing new headlights, a different upper grille adorned by a bigger emblem, new bumpers, rims and taillamps.
The interior got slightly revamped too, getting better materials, a modified dashboard with a new area devoted to the media and navigation system as well as the introduction of Renault’s R-Link which includes an easy-to-use joystick control and a touch screen infotainment system. Upgraded engines along new units help deliver better fuel economy and performance.
Renault took a gamble when it launched the first Renault Espace back in the ’80s, but gain more when it expanded its MPV range, like the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic.
In 2016, Renault launched a new generation for the Scenic and, also, a longer version for the Scenic range and named it Grand Scenic. It was an MPV that offered up to seven seats plus some trunk space. But if it was fitted with only 5 seats, the trunk volume was 718 liters (25.3 cu-ft). The extra 24 cm (9.4”) wheelbase was needed to offer a roomier interior and more comfort for the rear passengers, even though most of the time those are placed safely in child seats. The Grand Scenic could have been equipped with a large panoramic glass roof with no cross-member for better light. Renault had a bold move in the segment, offering 20” light-alloy wheels fitted as standard. In the middle of the dashboard, going down on the center console, Renault offered an 8.7” tablet for the R-Link infotainment system.
The exterior had a dynamic look, with a V-shaped grille and angled headlights. It resembled the Captur range more than the Megane. But it sat on the new CMF-CD platform, used by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for various vehicles, including the Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Qashqai. The Renault Grand Scenic was offered with 6 diesel engines and two gasoline units. It was available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch).
The new Renault Grand Scenic went on sale in France in April 2009.
The medium-size MPV builds on Scenic’s strengths and offers even more interior space and individual passenger comfort. The Grand Scenic comes in 5-seat or 7-seat versions, all with revised powertrains that deliver improved fuel efficiency, while power and torque are now accessible from a lower engine speeds. Renault claims it focused on the MPV’s maneuverability to make it handle more like a standard saloon. The exterior received a Megane-inspired facelift, while the interior was developed with improved individual comfort in mind.
Renault was the MPV sales-winner in Europe when it decided to expand its range and, apart from the Espace, it introduced the Scenic range based on the compact-segment Megane.
When it introduced the second generation of the Megane in 2002, the Scenic was already a different range. It evolved in two versions that sported a long or a short wheelbase unveiled in 2003. Three years later, the carmaker improved its lineup and brought the facelifted Scenic II.
Renault didn’t improve the MPV too much. Its designers barely touched the car’s look here and there for a fresh look. At the front, the carmaker installed new lens headlights. Its bumper sported shorter, body-colored rubber strips at the front instead of the long, black one available on the non-facelifted version. Its lower grille looked like a big smile, confirming the family-oriented vehicle on top of the European minivan sales. The black rubber protections against small bumps (mainly shopping carts) were replaced with body-colored ones from its sides. In the rear, Renault placed a new set of taillights with shorter, clear, reversing lights.
Inside, the carmaker made a few improvements for the driver. The steering wheel sported four buttons for the cruise control functions, while the audio controls remained stuck on a satellite stack behind the steering wheel. Like its non-facelifted version, the Grand Scenic offered room for up to seven passengers, with some trunk left behind the last row of seats for a couple of briefcases. If necessary, the second and third-row could have been folded to increase the storage area.
Under the hood, Renault offered a choice of three gasoline and three diesel engines paired as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Renault Grand Scenic is a larger variant of Scenic which was officially launched in 2002 and refreshed with a facelift in 2006.
The 2003 Grand Scenic follows the same design line as the Scenic launched during the same year, but has a longer wheelbase and two small child seats which could be installed inside the luggage area. Obviously, by removing the child seats, the Grand Scenic owner could get additional storage space which is actually one of the main features of this new car. As mentioned, the first Grand Scenic model was kept in production until 2006 when the parent company upgraded it with a facelift.