The new Renault Scenic is announced for 2024. With the ubiquity of SUVs, the renewal of Renault’s compact minivan was not safe. But this 5th generation of Scénic is changing radically: in the style that closes the page of “Le Quément design”, in substance with a silhouette “crossover” that mixes minivan and SUV, in travel mode with a 100% engine electric. He sleeps and Renault lifts the veil on the 5th generation of his minivan with the Scénic Vision concept. The ambitions are great because beyond the birth of a new design initiated by Gilles Vidal, the diamond brand is also formalizing a hybrid electric electric powertrain.
Environmental and social disturbance
With this concept Stage Vision, Renault wants to show its new ESG strategy (environmental, social, governance) desired by its new CEO Luca De Meo and declined in its policy of CSR (corporate social responsibility), making a clean sweep of the era of Carlos Ghosn. the Stage Vision incorporates advanced technological perspectives on decarbonization and shows the company’s sustainability strategy. Renault :
– ecodesign, the circular economy, which incorporates more than 70% recycled and 95% recyclable materials (including the battery, which is up to 60% less carbon intensive than an equivalent battery), contributing directly to the preservation of resources,
– Its hybrid engine, both electric and hydrogen, aims to reduce downtime related to energy recharging while reducing the carbon footprint, including the battery, with zero emissions in production and exhaust , reducing its carbon footprint by 75% compared to a conventional electric car such as the Electric Megane E-Tech
– technologies on board that offer greater safety for the driver and passengers, reducing the number of accidents by up to -70%.
Renault Scenic Vision, technological advancement
Continuing with the fully revised CMF / EV technical platform, the 160 kW (220 hp) propulsion train and the small 40 kW battery of the Electric Megane E-Tech (read our review here), Renault added a 16 kW (20 hp) fuel cell that acts as an electric generator. This solution was developed in collaboration with hivia, a newly created joint venture with Plug Power. Originally Renault entrusted the studies and development of its fuel cell to the hydrogen specialist Symbio, based in Lyon and a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia (Symbio is especially the supplier of the hydrogen battery for the resistance prototype H24, the Swiss brand). Green GTwhich should run the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2024).
Called “H2-Tech”, this hydrogen range extension technology does Renault Scenic Vision a hybrid vehicle, both electric and hydrogen, which allows you to carry a battery twice as light for the same autonomy, thus contributing to decarbonization, beyond the electrification of the vehicle. The goal is to achieve a range of up to 800 km without having to stop to recharge the battery. Just a 5 minute stop will be enough to fill the small hydrogen tank (2.5 L) made of carbon fiber – made of recycled paper – which is under the electric motor at the front. Electric hybridization of hydrogen should arrive Renault by 2030, when the network of electric and hydrogen charging stations will be dense enough.
To be virtuous, green hydrogen produced from renewable energies (solar, wind, hydraulic, etc.) and / or white hydrogen present in its natural state (native hydrogen called natural hydrogen) are the sources to use exclusively, in contrast to gray hydrogen. obtained from fossil fuels (hydrocarbons, natural gas, etc.).
Renault Scenic Vision, stylistic advancement
In terms of design, the change is radical when compared to style Renault R-Space concepts of 2011 announcing Scenic 4 of 2016. With Gilles Vidal at the forefront of the diamond style, the page from the time of Le Quément has definitely turned. the Renault Scenic Vision features a tall, horizontal, elongated hood with folds, a full-bodied body with well-marked facets that can be found on shields, paint streaks, sharp boomerang daytime running lights, and taillights that occupy half the diamond (the logo) . of the brand). Its dimensions show a much more dynamic style than the short version Scénic 4: 4.49 m long (+9 cm), 1.90 m wide (+3 cm), 1.59 m high (- 6 cm) and 2.83 m wheelbase (+10 cm). The 21-inch wheels (compared to the 20-inch) feature movable flaps, optimizing aerodynamics at high speeds and cooling the brakes below 10 km / h. The absence of a pillar between the doors (as in the Renault R-Space concept) and the flat floor facilitate access for people with reduced mobility, fulfilling the goal of brand inclusion.
“BAlthough the outside is very dark (pigment based on CO2 recycled), the interior is colorful. So I couldn’t resist evoking it with the same kind of treatment in my photos. The tint black, the car is full of different materials, such as graded painted strips in some places, recycled carbon, or even metal strips. It’s not easy to render in photos, but in real life, it’s pretty good. On the rims you will notice the carbon flaps opening at low speed. And imagine that the design of these tires will be in the production version in 2024 (without the carbon fins)! The era of solid tires is approaching! »says Jpog Photography.
“No matter how dark the exterior, the interior is bright and colorful! Here we really are in the future withslabs are everywhere, with ten specific small screens are offeredant direct access to a function, avoiding of go through menus. The floor is made from recycled milk bottles, the fabrics are also recycled. Another fun innovationea screen broadcasts what is happening in front of the hood to take it out of the field of view and thus win 6,7 degree forward viewing angle, to improve the visibility of 24%, A advantage above all in the city, smart! Finally, all the colored parts are in fact iridescent plastic films that change color depending on the angle of the light that affects them. No electricity, smart.»specifies Jpog Photography.
Note that the skin is discarded and replaced with 100% recycled low carbon polyester, the fuel cell tank is made of carbon fiber from recycled waste paper, an air filter – placed in the driver’s compartment of the door- improves the quality of the air inside. the vehicle filtering the outside air. Finally, the black pigments in the paint come from the treatment of particles captured in the atmosphere. This synthetic pigment-free paint contributes to the improvement of air quality.
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Photo credit @ Jpog Photography and Renault