The image seen here was published by Carscoops after a tip-off lead them to an "unexpected surprise" from the organisers of the Geneva motor show.
As with the larger Espace, the new Scenic mixes more expressive SUV-inspired design with traditional people-mover elements, such as the heavily raked windscreen with the base of the A-pillars pushed well forward.
The overall shape, as well as the kinked window line, is largely taken from the 2011 R-Space concept.
Above: 2011 Renault R-Space concept.
Up front, the new Scenic sports Renault's corporate face with headlights integrated into a T-shaped grille, which is adorned with the large Renault rhombus badge.
The flanks of the new Scenic are much more shapely and curvaceous than the slab-sided car that's in European showrooms right now. The blacked out A-, B-, C- and D-pillars, as well as gently arced roof, help the car seem more dynamic than the third-generation model, which puts function ahead of form.
Under the skin, the new Scenic is based on the Common Module Family toolkit developed by Renault and Nissan. Power will come courtesy of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Above: Outgoing third-generation Renault Scenic.
It's expected that the fourth-generation people mover will again be offered in Grand Scenic format with a longer wheelbase and rear overhang, as well as seating for seven people.
The Scenic was last sold in Australia in 2009 when the second-generation car was phased out.