Renault Scenic E-Tech electric debuts with special sounds


So far, there have been four generations of Renault Scenic, all powered by petrol or diesel engines. This new one is not really the 5th-gen model, but is rather a successor of the ICE-powered past. In other words, the Scenic is gonna be all-electric moving forward. Production will take place in Douai (France), with market launch expected sometime in early 2024.

The full name of this new model is Renault Scenic E-Tech electric, and it is classified as an SUV, as opposed to being an MPV for four generations. Besides the regular Scenic E-Tech, there’ll be Scenic E-Tech Iconic and Scenic E-Tech Esprit Alpine variants, with the latter sporting a sporty flair. The Scenic E-Tech is built on the CMF-EV platform that underpins the Nissan Ariya and Megane E-Tech as well, which should offer a good idea of the size and powertrain options.

But anyway, the front fascia sports a “grille” with a diamond-shaped pattern, flanked by rather slim LED headlights. The bumper houses arrow-shaped running lights with a rhombus-like pattern, and similar arrow shapes can be found at the rear. Also, notice that different variants have different wheel designs. But anyway, the Scenic E-Tech measures 4,470 mm long, 1,864 mm wide and 1,571 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm, which makes it roughly about the size of a Mercedes EQA.

Inside, the dashboard houses a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a portrait-oriented 12-inch central touchscreen. Also, the Scenic E-Tech boasts recycled materials in the passenger compartment. These include the following:

  • The dashboard structure materials are up to 80% recycled (polypropylene from industry scrap) and the dashboard cowling materials are 43% bio-sourced (kenaf, a plant that yields a fibre resembling jute)
  • 51% of the steering wheel cover is bio-sourced: 25% is PVC made from ricin oil, 26% is cotton weft
  • The reinforcements of the storage bins in the door panels are 50% natural fibre
  • The carpets are 97.65% recycled material (Dilours) from plastic bottles
  • 99.5% recycled material from plastic bottles in the headlining
  • The seat covers in the Techno and Esprit Alpine trims are 100% recycled fabric and the seat covers in the Iconic trim are 87% recycled fabric. The Esprit Alpine trim uses fabric made from the reprocessing of plastic bottles (80%) and seat belts (20%)

In addition to the limited use of chrome, there is no leather whatsoever in the car. But wait, there’s more. The panoramic glass roof developed in partnership with Saint-Gobain is claimed to contain recycled glass. Only 50% of the glass in the roof is made from primary raw materials; the rest is made from waste from plate glass and car glass production processes.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Scenic E-Tech will be available in two variants: Standard Range and High Range, both are single-motor front-wheel-drive.

The standard setup’s motor offers 125 kW (170 metric hp) and 280 Nm (206.5 lb-ft), drawing juice from a 60 kWh battery pack, estimated to offer a WLTP range of over 420 km (261 mi). The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 9.3 seconds and the top speed is 150 km/h (93 mph).

The long-range setup offers 160 kW (217.5 metric hp) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). An 87 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a WLTP range of over 620 km (385 mi). In this case, the official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 8.4 seconds and the top speed is 170 km/h (106 mph).

If none of these sound exciting to you, how about this: Renault collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre to compose sounds for the Scenic E-Tech.

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