2023 Renault Scenic

2023 Renault Scenic

People-carrier name returns with an SUV body


MPV IN DISGUISE


VW ID. Buzz, Mini Urbanaut – is the MPV making a comeback? In 2023, Renault will introduce the next chapter in the Scenic story, with the production version of this concept. It’s a big brother to the electric Megane, so it uses the group’s CMF-EV platform (also in the Nissan Ariya), which can house 40, 60 and 87kWh battery packs. A 160kW electrically excited synchronous motor will spin the front wheels, though all-wheel drive is possible should Renault wish to resurrect the RX4.

Switching to an electric platform means Scenic V will offer MPV-generous space, thanks to those short overhangs and long wheelbase. The concept measures 4.5 metres long, putting it bang in the middle of the previous Scenic and its seven-seat Grand version. Expect an interior with lots of versatility and the Megane’s classy dashboard, and five (not seven) seats.

The obvious difference is in the design: this is clearly a two-box SUV silhouette, rather than an amorphous monovolume. Expect the Peugeot-style ‘waterfall’ lights, muscular wheelarches and sharp edges (to reduce drag) all to feature on the finished car. ‘We want to fulfil the Scenic’s mission, but in a different shape,’ says a Renault insider.


NEED TO KNOW

  • What is it? A five-seat electric MPV in a roomy SUV body
  • Tech? Renault’s efficient EV kit
  • Aimed at? Self-respecting school-runners
  • When can I have one? 2024
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