The new Scenic’s proportions and larger-diameter wheels are said to draw inspiration from the R-Space concept car, which was revealed at Geneva back in 2011. The fourth-generation Scenic has become more SUV-like than the previous pure MPV Scenics of the past 20 years, in a nod to the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers in Europe.
The concept featured rear-hinged rear doors revealing a large single opening without a B-pillar, but the production version has a more conventional layout. Concept car flourishes that do make production include 20in wheels and a low roof line. The front and rear tracks are also wider, to give the car larger proportions and more ground clearance.
Head of Renault design Laurens van den Acker said: “We wanted the new Scenic to break new ground. It is a sexier and more modern take on the MPV and carries over the outstanding modularity that has been paramount to the success of the model’s three previous generations over the past 20 years.”