Designed from the outset of the New Mégane programme, Grand Scénic has a longer wheelbase and rear overhang, facilitating access to the third row of seats and luggage compartment. Benefiting from Renault's expertise in the area of flexible production, the two versions share the same assembly line at the Georges Besse factory in Douai, France.
Aimed at a completely different kind of customer, Mégane Renault Sport, an elegant and thoroughbred sporting car, is an additional member of the New Mégane programme, which includes the Hatch - voted "Car of the Year 2003". Available in three- and five-door form, Mégane Renault Sport provides the agility, speed and driving pleasure of a sporting model while retaining the comfort and quietness of a grand tourer. It is equipped with a powerful 225bhp 2.0 16V turbo engine with a wide torque curve, together with a double-axis strut suspension guaranteeing efficiency and precision. The entire range of New Mégane's comfort and safety features is carried over to this sporting version, which is assembled in the Dieppe factory in France.
The New Mégane range is now complete, with seven body types unveiled in 14 months. When the seven-seat version, dubbed Grand Scénic, goes on sale in spring 2004 to complement the five-seat New Scénic, Renault will be the first car manufacturer to offer two different vehicle lengths in the C segment, following the example of Espace at the top of the range. The New Scénic line-up thus caters to a variety of customer needs.
Designed from the outset of the New Mégane programme, Grand Scénic retains a dynamic and harmonious design, thanks to a proper balance between the increased wheelbase and rear overhang, facilitating access to the third seat row and the luggage compartment.
When Grand Scénic goes on sale in spring 2004, Renault will have completed the renewal of the New Mégane programme with seven body types, and will become the first European car manufacturer to offer a choice of two compact MPVs. Using the same approach as at the top end of the market with Espace and Grand Espace, this range of compact MPVs will allow Renault to attract a broader customer base than with Scénic I. The approach adopted reflects the desires expressed by a proportion of the 2 million existing Scénic I customers, and the needs of families with two or more children, seeking more interior space and greater load capacity. A true conquest model, Grand Scénic will help Renault to confirm its leading position in the compact MPV segment in Europe.
A balanced and harmonious design
At 4.49 metres, Grand Scénic is 23cm longer than New Scénic, but the overall balance of the vehicle is retained by stretching the wheelbase by 5cm and the rear overhang by 18cm. Inheriting the taut lines of New Scénic, Grand Scénic boasts modern, expressive styling.
Inside the cabin, the subdued design of New Scénic is carried over, with a typically MPV dashboard serving all the occupants. The upholstery and finish reflect Renault's drive for perceived quality, notably with the generous use of soft slush plastics on the upper part of the dashboard. The two additional individual seats fit perfectly into the interior space and fold completely beneath the floor when the vehicle is in its five-seat configuration. Whatever the arrangement of the seats in the third row, a carpet cover matching the cabin carpet covers the areas not in use.
Finally Grand Scénic, like the entire New Mégane range, is an "à la carte" car, allowing buyers to combine a colour and trim scheme (Authentique, Expression, Dynamique and Privilège), an equipment level (Pack, Confort and Luxe) and a powertrain.
(Sept. 10, 2003)