Renault Scénic: Enough of a minivan, paves the way for an electric SUV in 2024

Scénic is living its last months at Renault. But the first compact minivan, which hit the market in the mid-1990s, isn’t going away completely. It could be reborn in a few years as a compact SUV. In any case, this is what the new Scénic Vision concept suggests, which Renault presents as a sample of a future 100% electric family vehicle, scheduled for 2024.

This concept takes up the aesthetic codes of the new electric Mégane. It is 4.49 meters long, 8 cm longer than the current Scénic in its five-seater version. The manufacturer does not specify whether the prototype is intended to accommodate seven people on board, but guarantees that it takes up the Scénic’s DNA in terms of comfort and space on board. It goes even further by equipping itself with inverted opening doors without a center column, thus facilitating access to the rear seats. Ford has tested such a setup in the past in its B-Max minispace, without much success.


An electric/hydrogen hybrid engine

If Renault claims the production version available in 2024 will be a 100% electric model, this concept car houses cutting-edge technology that won’t see the light of day in our cars for the next decade. It is a hybrid engine, using an electric motor and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. According to the brand, the advantage is to offer a cheaper vehicle to produce since the battery – which represents a significant part of the cost of an electric car – here is smaller than that of a Renault Zoé (40 kWh).

Sufficient capacity for daily use, knowing that the fuel cell makes it possible to extend autonomy (Renault announces a non-stop journey from Lyon to Marseille, that is, 320 km by motorway), saving time when recharging, since the refueling hydrogen takes less than five minutes. A real advantage on long journeys, even though there is still everything to be done today to develop the station network.

The concept is based on a new technical platform. The electric motor is located at the rear axle, while the hydrogen tank is at the front. The fuel cell and battery are under the floor. ©Renault

Another advantage of a small battery: weight. According to Renault, the Scénic Vision concept weighs 1,700 kg, just 50 kg more than the electric Mégane, but 28 cm shorter.

Artificial intelligence to improve security

With this concept, Renault also presents its latest innovations in active and passive safety. Among them, the “Safety Score”, a software that analyzes and notes your driving style (acceleration, distraction, speed management, etc.) through sensors placed in the vehicle. Technology is also getting smarter. It can alert the driver to the appearance of a hazard on the road or encourage him to brake when approaching a dangerous curve.

Thanks to a heart rate sensor implanted in the steering wheel, the car can also monitor the driver’s level of vigilance, even taking control in case of danger (drowsiness, excessive speed when approaching a curve, etc.). Finally, Renault has developed a new generation of airbags. Called the “Cocoon”, the latter is integrated into the seat and hugs the passenger in the event of an accident to reduce the risk of injury.

A concept designed from recycled materials

By 2030, Renault is targeting 33% recycled materials in its new models. The Scénic Vision concept goes even further, as it exceeds 70% of circular economy materials. This ranges from parts of the bodywork (aluminium) to the hydrogen tank (carbon fiber), through the seat upholstery (no leather), tires or even the floor of the car, made up of plastic ducts and… milk bottles .

“Our ambition is to reduce the impact on resources thanks to the circular economy”, specifies the manufacturer, who aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 on European soil.


Renault Scenic Vision in numbers

Dimensions (W x W x H): 4.49 x 1.90 x 1.59 m
Wheelbase: 2.84m
Motor: 160 kW synchronous electric
Battery: 40 kWh capacity
Fuel cell: 15 kW
Hydrogen tank: 2.5 kg
Weight: 1,700 kg


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