A redesigned and reinterpreted replacement for the Renault Scenic – a model that first came onto the MPV scene in 1996 – the new Renault Scenic Xmod combines the current styling trends of the crossover market with the previous MPV’s space and practicality.
The Renault Scenic Xmod provides 555 litres of boot capacity, 71 litres of additional in-cabin stowage space, and independent, folding and removable seats that allow for a range of seating configurations.
The new Scenic Xmod is also the French manufacturer’s first vehicle to feature the brand’s all-new Grip Xtend traction control system. The system is intended to improve vehicle traction under “difficult driving conditions” such as mud, sand and fresh snow. Drivers can manually activate the system via a rotary control positioned on the Xmod’s centre console, with three types of assistance selectable: Expert, where the system manages the braking system while leaving the driver in full control of engine torque; Road, operates as a conventional traction control system automatically taking control once over 40km/h; and Loose Ground, with the system optimising both braking control and engine torque in relation to the available grip.
The Renault Scenic Xmod gets a raised ground clearance, unique alloy wheels, special front and rear bumpers, sill guards, chrome-finish roof bars, and LED daytime running lights across its range. Inside the Xmod’s swooping dash is dominated by a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system and digital instrument display.
Premium spec versions also receive a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminium-capped pedals and gear lever knob, leather and Alcantara upholstery pack, and Bose stereo system.
Despite Renault Scenic sales ceasing in Australia in 2009, Renault Australia's Emily Ambrosy told CarAdvice that at this stage there are no plans to bring the new Scenic to our shores.
Further details on the new Renault Scenic Xmod will be released at its Geneva unveiling, where it will be joined by the all-new Renault Captur compact SUV.
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