Renault has come up with a new version of the Scenic, but it’s not a MPV anymore. Well, it is, but they have designed it to sort of look like a crossover. That is a brilliant idea. You get all the practicality of a MPV, without the shame and embarrassment of driving one! If you like that, though, you can still get the Grand Scenic.
In order to turn the Scenic into a crossover, Renault designers jacked it up a bit and gave it more ground clearance, and put larger wheels under it. Then they redesigned the front and rear bumpers, and made new sill guards and chrome-finish roof bars.
One cool feature of the Scenic XMOD is the all-new Grip Xtend traction control system. It comes with a Range Rover-like rotary control on the center console, and lets the driver choose from three types of assistance, including Road, Loose Ground, and Expert.
Engine-wise, the XMOD will launch with the three new Energy powertrains, including the brand-new TCe 130 Stop & Start engine. Specs and details are ye tot be revealed.
Despite the fancy look and large wheels, the XMOD is still a Scenic at heart, which is why you get up to 555 liters of cargo space, 70 liters of stowage space, and configurable seats. Inside the cabin you find a new multi-directional joystick control for the multimedia system, and the 7-inch Renault R-Link infotainment.
The top of the range version comes with nice features such as flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium-capped pedals and gear lever knob and new interior appointments, as well as stitched upholstery and a Leather/Alcantara Pack.