Renault has announced upgrades to its popular Scenic and Grand Scenic people carriers, due to go on sale in February 2012.
The overhaul brings a raft of styling changes and equipment additions, as well as a pair of new, more economical engines.
2012 Renault Scenic: updated design, added equipment
The French company has given its practical Scenic duo more imposing front end styling by way of adding gloss black and chrome detailing, as well as including LED daytime running lights in the list of standard equipment.
At the rear, the taillights have been given a refreshed design, while a new set of wheel trims and alloy wheels round up the visual overhaul. Two new colours are available: Azzurro Blue and Damask Red.
Also new to the standard equipment list is a hill start assist function and indicators with a triple-flash motorway mode. Additionally, Renault’s new Visio system will be available as an option, which consists of a lane-departure warning system and automatic headlight assistance function.
New engines – including 1.5 diesel with start-stop
Engine-wise, the updates bring two new powerplants. The existing 1.5 dCi 110 and 1.6dCi 130 diesels will be joined by a reworked version of the former, with stop-start and brake regeneration technology now implemented.
The new 1.5dCi 110 Stop & Start has a CO2 output 105g/km (23g/km lower), meaning it drops from car tax band D (£95 per year after first year) to band B (£20 per year after first year). Fuel economy is up 12%, with the average claimed combined consumption climbing 11.3mpg to 68.9mpg. Despite these improvements, torque is also boosted to 192lb ft at 1,750rpm.
Joining the diesel will be the petrol 1.2 TCe 115, which is intended to gradually replace the existing 1.6 VVT 110. Despite having more power and torque, the new more compact powerplant also has an improved fuel economy of 49.6mpg (up 11.4mpg). Emissions are down from 174g/km to 135g/km, lowering the tax band from H to E.
Pricing and specification details for the revised Scenic line up will be available before the order books open on 1st February 2012. UK deliveries will commence in March.