What Beetle is to Volkswagen, scenic is to Renault. The Car has a rich history; it was first launched in 1996. Renault has given scenic revamps and the present generation Scenic is more of a compact SUV. The scenic design has enjoyed tremendous response and popularity since 1996 and still manages to rope in business for the car maker. The all new Renault Scenic has gone under major makeover and is marketed as a 7-seater family car. The French Car maker after trying to market its Logan with Mahindra has decided to take on the Indian market on its own. The Renault Scenic seems to be the car which Renault wants to aggressively market to lay its foundation in India. This car could be launched sometime in 2014; the exact update from company is still not disclosed though.
Renault has left no stones unturned with the new revamped Scenic MVP. The powerful Scenic engine burns with a maximum power of [email protected] and 190Nm of torque @3700rpm. The engine used in the new scenic is same as that of Fluence and is powerful enough to perform well on the Indian roads. The car uses MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam rear axle. The driving experience of the Scenic is very good. The overall ride quality of the car is great and the aggressive pricing has not given rooms for much compromise with the performance. The steering wheels are light with great grip for easy and comfortable driving manoeuvrability.
The exteriors are majestic but the design is not among the ones which will get you weak on your knees. In spite of the design not being the prominent factor, the large front bumper with the huge air dam and day time running LED’s, peeled back head lamps and chiselled wheel arches making the car look refreshing. The tail lights are well designed and the roof rails are provided with the car to make it a car for those weekend family outings. The contemporary exterior and the refreshing design are sure to go down well with the Indian customers.
The scenic has more to it than it looks. Step inside the car and is sure to make a lasting impression on you. The French are always known for their great sense of design .The French connection clearly shows with the interiors which has a three layered dashboard, each layer incorporating a set of features. The top layer gets a centre placed digital speedo, navigation system and air con vents. Below that is the music system and on the bottom layer is the climate control. The steering wheel has a chic appeal. The interiors overall score a high having a rich and luxurious feel.
The safety features in the scenic is considerable for its price. The car is expected to have an affordable price tag of around 11-12 L for the Indian Market.
Final Verdict: The car is sure to give the existing compact SUV and MVP a stiff competition. Renault’s decision to venture into the Indian Compact SUV category is seen as a bold move since the category is already crowded by cars like Mahindra XUV500 which have got overwhelming response from the car buyers.