Renault Grand Scenic facelift revealed

5 Mar, 2013 12:59pm Tom Phillips

The revised Renault Grand Scenic has joined the new Scenic XMOD and Captur crossovers at the Geneva Motor Show

The facelifted Renault Grand Scenic MPV has made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in the UK in April.

The revised Grand Scenic features a new front end design that brings the MPV’s looks into line with the firm’s newest cars, such as the new Renault Clio and the Captur SUV, which will also debut at Geneva.

The MPV gets a larger Renault logo on its front, set in the centre of a gloss black front grille. This sits above a slightly redesigned front bumper.

On the inside, Renault has changed the dashboard design so that there’s now a dedicated navigation and multimedia screen which can be customised to display different information. Buyers will also be able to opt for the new Renault R-Link system, which includes a joystick controller as well as a touchscreen display. A Bose stereo will also be on the options list.

Renault is also introducing three new engines to the Scenic XMOD and Grand Scenic ranges, with the Energy TCe 130 Stop & Start introduced to the Renault for the first time. The firm claims that it is 15 per cent more efficient than the old TCe 130.

Prices will be confirmed closer to the Grand Scenic’s launch later in the year, but are expected to remain on a par with today’s starting price of £19,735.

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I'm confused. So the non-grand Scenic is being replaced by the XMOD beefed up version?

I don't think so. I think the XMOD will replace the Scenic, while the Grand Scenic will carry on in its current - albeit facelifted - form.

It's an interesting choice as the trend seems to be towards smaller, rather than larger, MPVs. I'm sure Renault have done the sums and this is the most profitable/logical decision, but it seems like they're alienating an ever increasing number of buyers.