Thursday 27 October 2016

Renault on the double with a new Scenic - and a Megane estate

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Here in Ocotober: the new Renault Scenic.
Here in Ocotober: the new Renault Scenic.
Megane Estate

Renault has just shown its new Scenic for the first time.

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The car is likely to be in Irish dealerships by late October, I'm told.

There are no details as yet of model lineup, trim or likely prices.

An estate version of the Megane hatch is also coming our way as the brand gears up for a number of new models over the coming year or so.

The Scenic now looks more like an SUV than the traditional MPV with styling that is typical of the new compact-crossover trend.

Underlining the SUV element is the fact that its ground clearance has been raised and the rear overhang shortened.

There is wider track at the front and back.

A Grand Scenic version will follow.

Since the Scenic first led the compact MPV way in Europe in 1996 nearly five million have been bought across three distinct generations of the popular motor.

The new car will be unveiled next Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

So will the new Megane Sport Tourer GT which seems to target a livelier sort of drive than you'd expect from an estate.

They say the GT has elements of Renault Sport in the drive and design. It has the 4CONTROL chassis system which manages rear-wheel steering. That is in a version of the hatch and now they are claiming a world first in the small-family estate sector.

Estates don't sell in big numbers here so it will be interesting to see how this fares.

Renault claim there is enough room for five people and describe carrying space as "vast".

The engine lineup, models and trim levels will be revealed later on in the year.

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