we compacted the espace
Designed initially as a “roomy” derivative of Mégane, the compact Mégane Scénic MPV emerged in 1996. Due to its commercial success, it became independent (in terms of its name in any case) in 1999 as it became “just” Scénic.
While Renault Mégane already offered a wide variety of body types rarely seen at the time (5 doors, 4 doors, estate, coupe, cabriolet), Renault offered a compact MPV variant, unprecedented on the French market: Renault Mégane Scénic. The target audience? Families, as proven by the example of the 3 independent and modular rear seats.
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With Scénic, Renault wanted to be able to accommodate a family comfortably. So it had to manage the shape and interior space in an innovative way. Renault decided to design the vehicle from the inside out. This resulted in the elevated seat position and the high roof. With this new approach, Scénic established the features of a brand new category: that of the compact MPV.
Scénic exceeded all of Renault’s expectations. The car maker had to increase production capacities to meet demand (Scénic was produced in France, Brazil and Mexico). In France, more than 1 in every 2 Mégane cars was a variant of Scénic, and in Italy sales were 10 times higher that targets. Given this undisputed success, all car makers imitated Renault and offered their own compact MPV.
2,800,000 units in Douai (France), Curitiba (Brazil) and Cuernavaca (Mexico)
from 1996 to 2003 in Douai.
from 1996 to 2011 in Curitiba
from 2000 to 2004 in Cuernavaca
- Performance and engine
4-cylinder transverse engine, available in petrol, diesel and LPG
from 1397 cc to 1995 cc
65-140 hp depending on version
152-203 kph depending on version
- dimensionsLength 4,17 mWidth 1,72 mHeight 1 ,60 m
single-body structure with elevated driving position
front-wheel drive + 4x4 transmission available on RX4 versions