Kez Casey | Mar 3, 2016

The covers have officially been removed from the 2017 Renault Scenic, offering a stylish new take on the compact MPV.

Revealed as part of the Geneva Motor Show, the new Scenic draws its inspiration from the R-Space concept first shown at Geneva in 2011.

In the move to production some of the R-Space’s more out-there features, like the rear hinged doors, and foam brick rear seats, have made way for more conventional solutions.

As a result the 2017 Scenic is offered with four conventional doors, and rear the rear bench is styled as three individual bucket seats (but it’s really a 60:40 split), with electric folding offered on high-end variants.

Up front Renault’s new 8.7-inch R-Link 2 tablet takes care of audio and navigation systems, beneath it a sliding centre console can be deployed, while the front seats offer heating and a massage function.

On the outside all variants roll on 20-inch wheels, maintaining the Scenic’s concept car styling, but in an effort to maintain ride comfort 195/55 R20 tyres have been fitted, offering an equivalent sidewall depth compared to the previous Scenic’s 17-inch wheels.

As well as a range of diesel engines with 70kW, 81kW, 96kW, and 118kW outputs and a pair of petrol options with 85kW and 96kW, The Scenic will also offer a Hybrid Assist option paired with the 81Kw diesel, proving an energy boost to the continually running engine at low revs.

As with the larger Talisman and Espace, the Scenic will also be available with Renault’s 4Control four wheel steering, boosting low-speed maneuverability while enhancing dynamics at higher road speeds.

Safety systems include autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, safe distance warning, auto dipping headlights and hands-free parking.

Having been offered here in two earlier generations, TMR asked Renault's Corporate Communications Manager, Emily Fadayev, about the chances of seeing the fourth-generation Scenic here.

"We have looked at the possibility of introducing the new Scenic to Australia. It is a fantastic new vehicle with great styling, and one that has a been strong nameplate in Australia from the early 2000s." Ms Fadayev said.

"At this stage we can’t make the business case work for Scenic in Australia but as the inventor of the MPV, we at Renault are constantly reviewing the market potential to bring Scenic back in the future."

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