Renault will continue its model onslaught with four more new or updated models scheduled to launch before the year is out.
The company confirmed its product release schedule for the remainder of the year at its 2016 shareholders’ meeting, which took place at the end of last week.
Before the year is out, the company will add a longer seven-seat variant of the Scenic, possibly badged as the Grand Scenic once again.
Joining it in Renault showrooms will be a C-segment sedan that will replace the Fluence. Based on the recently released Megane hatch and wagon, the new sedan will likely share body panels with its siblings, and may even just be badged as a Megane.
Finally, the company will also launch a B-segment crossover. Given the Captur is just three years old, it’s likely that this final vehicle will be an updated Captur with styling tweaks to bring it further in line with newer models in the Renault range.
The Renault ute will go on sale in Australia in 2017. The other models have not been confirmed for Australia, although the C-segment sedan is a possibility for 2017, especially if it’s a booted Megane.
And if the “new” B-segment crossover is indeed a facelifted Captur, expect that to show up on our shores in 2017.
With the five-seat Scenic already ruled out for the Australian market, it’s highly unlikely that Renault will reverse tack for the seven-seat version. It’s not impossible, but with our love affair with SUVs looking like it has no end and our entrenched apathy for people movers, its arrival on our shores would make Leicester City’s 2015/2016 English Premier League crown seem perfectly normal.