This is how the brand presents its new Renault Scénic Vision to us. A visionary concept car that foreshadows the manufacturer’s upcoming models as well as many innovative technologies. So what does this “forerunner concept car” herald?
Eco-design, technological innovation, sustainable mobility. These are the keywords of the concept unveiled today by Renault. The Diamond concept car propels the Scénic name into the future through a unique family approach. The Renault Scénic Vision fulfills many of the manufacturer’s commitments to the environment, safety and inclusion. Commitments that take the form of an electric/hydrogen hybrid vehicle.
Renault Scenic Vision: from 1991 to 2022
In 1991, Renault presented the first Scénic concept car. A promise of a spacious, family-friendly car to live in, in a compact MPV. An innovative concept, which is also found in the model name. Car Scénic is the acronym for Safety Concept Incorporated in a New Innovative Car. Literally “safety concept embodied by an innovative car”. A true invitation to travel with the family, the Renault Scénic had four successful generations until the Grand Scénic was discontinued at the end of the year. But like the new Mégane E-Tech, the Scénic will also take a whole new direction. The model that we were able to discover actually foreshadows a 100% electric model that will be presented in 2024. On the design side, the Renault Scénic Vision presents itself quite well. An imposing compact, with a sassy personality that we found very successful. Without being transcendent, the design still stands out with its angles and the use of diamond.
The front logo extends into a full-width signature, futuristic effect and guaranteed “cut”. Same thing on the back, with the patterns crisscrossing the lights, echoing the diamond here as well. The wheels are attracted to the 4 corners of the vehicle, which gives it a massive appearance. This Scénic Vision reminds us of our first contact with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 ! You only notice its size from the front of the vehicle, as the proportions can be confusing in the images. If the exterior design isn’t too crazy, we’ll still notice the rims. A lot of concept, they could have been designed by Citroën in the 90s! Overall, the Renault Scénic Vision is in step with the trend, without wanting to be too original. But that’s out there.
Interior: durable precursor
It is, therefore, inside that this Renault Scénic Vision is loose. The manufacturer takes the opportunity to give us an overview of what can be done in terms of sustainable mobility. Starting with the materials used. The black and white floor, for example, is made from recycled milk bottles and pipes. As for platinum, it is mainly collected from disused catalytic converters, for example. To go further, Renault claims that all passenger contact surfaces are 100% recycled. More globally, this concept features 70% recycled materials. The objective is to make recycling feasible by simplifying the composition of parts and equipment. In this logic, the seats are entirely in polyester, from the thread to the seat, without a metal frame.
The ink is obtained by capturing carbon in the air for this beautiful deep black. On board, the atmosphere is one of futuristic “purity”. Bright white, a flat steering wheel and a variety of small screens are available to us. Floating console, induction charger and other USB-C sockets are also included. Instead of conventional airbags, Renault offers a concept of wraparound cushions directly integrated into the seat backrests. So-called “cocoon” airbags that would provide more protection, allowing the cabin to stay uncluttered. As the environment is also about the air we breathe, Renault has taken care to make the air fresheners visible in the doors. In addition to taking care of the air inside, they could also do this for the outside of the vehicle. Imagine if all vehicles liked Renault Scénic Vision, simultaneously, all day long.
Hybrid engine: electric and hydrogen
Let’s talk about the climate objective: carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and in the world by 2050. A great challenge, which involves decarbonization, responsible production and zero-emission motorization. To do this, the Renault Scénic Vision was designed around an unprecedented platform specifically adapted to hydrogen. The engine is in the rear (propulsion), and the 2.5 kg hydrogen tank is in the front. The fuel cell is under the floor, behind the battery, at the rear of the platform. Renault thus announces a 75% reduction in its carbon footprint compared to a conventional electric car. The concept car receives the 160 kW wound-rotor synchronous electric motor from Mégane E-Tech. Power is supplied by a 40 kWh battery, coupled to a 16 kW fuel cell. This makes long journeys easier by reducing charging times.
Range is indicated at about 800 km with such a configuration, a Paris-Marseilles! It remains to be seen whether, in practice, this recipe would actually work. Finally, this duo also powers a lot of high-tech smart equipment on board. Think, for example, of the headrests, which integrate a system of microphones and speakers to communicate effortlessly. Small contextual and adjustable screens offer shortcuts (calls, GPS, weather, air quality, light effects, etc.). A front camera “increases” the driver’s field of vision, with video streaming at the bottom of the windshield. Finally, the camera mirrors and the panoramic glass roof increase visibility and the feeling of freedom on board. A promising mix of cutting-edge technology and design that is as sustainable and eco-responsible as possible.