A 2017 Renault Grand Scenic test mule has been spied testing in Europe. As seen in the video embedded below, courtesy of motor.es, the test mule is wearing the body of the third generation Scenic’s 7-seat version dubbed the ‘Grand’. This suggests that the development is still at a nascent stage, as it is only the chassis of the car that is on test.
The 2017 Renault Scenic will be based on a version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s (Common Module Family) platform – CMF-C/d. This version of the modular platform is used for compact and mid-size vehicles, including the Kadjar, Espace and recently unveiled Talisman.
The design will be in line with the Espace but it will take cues from the R-Space concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. With the segment losing its grip due to the buyer preference shifting to crossovers, the next-gen Renault Grand Scenic may get on the safe side by becoming a crossover-styled MPV, like its big brother Espace did with introduction of the fifth generation last year. The ‘crossover’ branding is a good selling point for MPVs, just like ‘SUV’ is for crossovers.
With its crossover styling, an increase in the vehicle’s dimensions is also very likely. It will be more interesting to see how the compact, standard Scenic, will look with the this type of design as the splendid execution with the B-segment sub-compact Captur and even the new A-segment contender Kwid have set high expectations.
Like the Clio, Espace and Talisman, the Grand Scenic range too would include a luxurious Initiale Paris trim. Expect it to be offered with all the latest goodies including a R-Link 2 (or newer if available then) infotainment system with tablet display, Bose Surround Sound music system, Multi-Sense sound and lighting ambience synchronisation setting and more.
The 2017 Renault Grand Scenic is likely to be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and go on sale in first markets in Europe in early 2017.