Renault Scénic goes hybrid

Renault’s new fourth-generation Scénic and Grand Scénic range is now available with a dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST powertrain, offering lower fuel consumption. The dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST engine is available on both the Scénic and Grand Scénic and can be ordered now, priced from £25,055 on-the-road.

The dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST versions provide lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy – an MPG improvement of more than 10 per cent over the standard dCi 110 engine.

The new Scénic and Grand Scénic dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST mark Renault’s first foray into HYBRID ASSIST engine technology. The dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST engine features a 10kW electric motor located under the bonnet that works in combination with the internal combustion engine. The motor is powered by a 48-volt 150Wh battery located  behind the 2nd row seats for All-New Scénic or in the spare wheel housing for All-New Grand Scénic.

Alongside the economy benefits, it also improves pick-up at low speeds providing a boost of acceleration, particularly at low revs (even around 1,000rpm) regardless of the gear – the technology provides up to 52 lb ft of additional torque in certain situations. During deceleration, the Motor Generation Unit (MGU) recovers energy for use by the vehicle’s electrical system and for storing in the system’s independent battery. It also works in association with the internal combustion engine when the driver re-accelerates – an indicator on the dash lets the driver know when the engine is deploying or recovering power.

Thanks to this innovation, the new Scénic dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST’s CO2 emission figure of 94g/km makes it one of the best in class for economy. The technology dispenses with the need for a high-voltage battery thanks to the electric motor, a consideration that fits perfectly with Renault’s philosophy of delivering technology to the widest possible audience at an affordable price. The dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST versions are priced £1,000 more than the equivalent dCi 110 variants in the new Scénic range, although benefit from a reduced first year VED rate of £110 due to its classification as an “alternatively fuelled” vehicle and a reduced standard rate of £130 thereafter.

The Scénic and Grand Scénic dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST range is available in three trim levels – Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.

Available across the range, the Visio active safety system provides Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High/Low Beam headlights. An electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, roof rails (Grand Scénic only), automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors, F1-style integrated fuel filler, leather steering wheel, 4 x 20W DAB radio with fingertip controls and an AUX input with Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-inch touchscreen are fitted to every version. Cruise control, speed limiter, a two-way adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver seat, gear-shift indicator and a 12-volt front socket are all also standard.

The new Scénic and Grand Scénic have been given a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP. Passive safety features as standard across every version in the range include six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats. Active safety features on each version in the range include Emergency Brake Assist, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with traction and understeer control and Hill Start Assist.

Dynamique Nav adds to this with further driver aids such as front and rear parking sensors, Fatigue Alert whereby the vehicle monitors steering control to detect tiredness and alerts the driver to take a break; and handsfree keycard with walkaway lock and welcome functionality. This convenience function enables the driver to walkaway without needing to press anything on the key and the car will lock, the door mirrors will fold in and the headlights will turn off. When the driver returns to the car with the key, the car will unlock, the door mirrors will unfold and the lights will turn on.

Renault’s Multi-Sense ambient lighting and driving mode selector enabling the driver to personalise their driving experience is also standard on Dynamique Nav and above. There are five modes to select within the unique system to alter the driving set up and interior ambiance – Neutral, Comfort, Eco, Perso and Sport. Multi-Sense can be used to modify the accelerator pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colours and – where fitted – the speed of the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gear changes. The system is accessed via the R-LINK 2 display through a button on the centre console.

The Dynamique S Nav provides features such as an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen housing the R-LINK 2 multimedia system and a colour head-up display, rear parking camera, panoramic glass sunroof with electric sunblind, auto-dimming rearview mirror and extra tinted windows to the rear and tailgate.

The top of the range Signature Nav features Carbon Black leather upholstery with Nappa leather steering wheel, electrically-operated height and lumbar adjustment to driver and front passenger seats with a courtesy function, driver’s seat position memory function, full LED headlights with ‘See Me Home’ function and front fog lights with cornering function.

The Scénic and Grand Scénic dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST versions are available with a range of safety and convenience features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot and Safe Distance warnings, Handsfree Parking and 360-degree parking sensors.

All versions are covered by Renault’s four year warranty. The car is protected for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years have no mileage limit). There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ cover against corrosion. Servicing is required once a year or every 16,000 miles for the dCi 110 HYBRID ASSIST.

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