Renault Scénic, history of the original compact minivan

After three generations and more than 5 million units sold, the benchmark among European compact minivans celebrates two decades of life in global markets and continues to retain its most distinctive qualities such as on-board comfort, safety and technology.

Renault Scénic Concept

A quarter of a century ago, the first compact minivan concept in the history of motorsport was born, the Renault Scénic Concept 1991, designed by Patrick LeQuément. In 1991, the brand of French origin presented this prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show that finally, five years later, we would know as Renault Megane Scénic. At first, it was a misunderstood concept due to its futuristic image. But these criticisms dissipated when nineteen ninety six The final model came onto the market.

The idea of ​​making a Mégane minivan came from J64 project, which consisted of creating a series of models with a common core that offered solutions to the different needs that mid-range customers requested. In this way, the aim was to diversify the offer of medium-sized models… grouping customer needs into a single model.

Renault Megane Scénic 1996

The first generation of the Renault Mégane Scénic nineteen ninety six It provided very advanced technological elements such as the tire pressure sensor and the self-adaptive transmission. The enormous impact it had on the market forced many other manufacturers to design models that would compete with it. Thus the fight for the throne of compact minivans was inaugurated. In 1997 The fruit of all the work carried out came with the nomination of Best Car of the Year in Europe.


Two years later, a restyling in which the official name lost the surname Mégane. It had external aesthetic changes and new colors compared to the 1996 version. It also presented a new front, new wheel designs and changed front and rear lights. At the mechanical level, engines with four valves per cylinder are incorporated.

Renault Scenic 2003


After the success of the first generation, Renault launched the second in the year 2003. This was once again confirmed as the leader in its segment and inherited all the innovations of the Renault Mégane II, although for the first time it includes a dashboard with a central instrument panel. To reaffirm their family character, they present themselves two body versions: A short one (Scenic) of 4.30 meters for 5 passengers and another long one of 4.50 meters (Grand Scenic) for 5 or 7 passengers.

This generation was the first minivan to obtain 5 stars in crash tests carried out by Euro NCAP. It debuted some new elements at Renault, such as the electronic handbrake. In October 2006Renault renewed the Scénic offering with small aesthetic changes to the front end and changing the rear lights.

Renault Scenic 2009


The third generation of the Scénic was officially presented at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in May of that year. In this generation there was also a short five-seat variant and a long five- or seven-seat variant. It used the same platform as the Mégane III. The Gauls abandon the style followed until that time, and opt for a new, more elegant Renault Scénic.

In this generation, special emphasis was placed on fuel efficiency and connectivity, incorporating a BOSE audio system and turbodiesel engines that only emitted 105 g/km of CO2 into the environment.


It underwent two restylings. The first came with the 2012 Renault Scénic and the front changed especially. It introduced new headlights, bumpers and grille, in addition to introducing LED daytime running lighting and a large black grille that extended to the headlights. At the rear, the rear lights also changed.


Barely a year later, the Renault Scénic 2013 arrived. It was a slight facelift, focused on the front, where the logo of the brand that inaugurated the Renault Clio 2012 was adopted. One of the great novelties was the arrival of the Renault Scenic XMOD 2013, a variant that flirted with SUVs, with greater ground clearance and protections.

Renault Scenic 2016

Currently at Renault they do not stop, after the arrival on the market of the Espace, Mégane, Kadjar and Talisman, it is the turn of the fourth generation of the Scénic, which will hit the market throughout 2016. Still without its final design, the minivan compact will sit on Renault-Nissan’s CMF C/D modular platform, and its design will be completely new.

Some of the key points that the new Renault Scénic will have include a front with features similar to those of the new Mégane or the Talismán, with C-shaped LED headlights. It cannot be ruled out that it could grow in size and adopt more rounded shapes, as anticipated in the 2011 Renault R-Space Concept.

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