This is how the brand presents us with its new Renault Scénic Vision. This forward-thinking concept car anticipates the manufacturer’s next models, as well as a host of innovative technologies. So what does this “predecessor concept car” announce?
Ecodesign, technological innovation, sustainable mobility. These are the keywords of the concept presented to us today by Renault. The Diamond concept car propels the Scénic name into the future with a unique family approach. Renault Scénic Vision fulfills several of the manufacturer’s commitments in terms of environmental protection, safety and inclusiveness. A commitment that takes the form of an electric/hydrogen hybrid vehicle.
Renault Scénic Vision: 1991 to 2022
In 1991, Renault introduced the first Scénic concept car. The promise of a car for life, spacious and family friendly, in a compact minivan. An innovative concept that is also present in the name of the model. Car Scénic is an acronym for “Safety concept embodied in a new innovative vehicle”. Literally, “the concept of safety embodied in an innovative vehicle.” A true invitation to travel with the family, the Renault Scénic will have four successful generations until the Grand Scénic is discontinued at the end of the year. But like the new Mégane E-Tech, the Scénic will take a completely new direction. The model we have been able to spot actually heralds a 100% electric model that will be introduced in 2024. In terms of design, the Renault Scénic Vision looks pretty good. An imposing compact car with a strong personality that we find very successful.. Without being transcendent, the design still stands out for its angles and use of the diamond.
The front logo flows into the full-width signature for a futuristic and edgy effect. The same at the back, with patterns that cross the lights, repeating the rhombus here. The wheels face the 4 corners of the car, giving it a massive look. This Scénic Vision reminds us of our first exposure to the Hyundai Ioniq 5. ! You are only aware of its size in front of the vehicle, as the proportions in images can be confusing. If the exterior design isn’t too crazy, we’ll still note the rims. Very conceptual, they could have been designed by Citroën in the 90s! Overall, the Renault Scénic Vision follows the trend without trying to be too original. But it’s outside.
Inside: durable precursor
So inside this Renault Scénic Vision is free. 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. For example, the black and white floor is made from recycled milk bottles and pipes. As for platinum, it is collected, for example, from obsolete catalytic converters. In addition, Renault claims that all surfaces that come into contact with passengers are 100% recycled. More globally, this concept consists of 70% recycled materials.. The aim is to make recycling viable by simplifying the composition of parts and equipment. By this logic, the seats are all polyester, from the wire to the seat, with no metal frame.
The paint is made by trapping carbon in the air to produce this beautiful deep black. An atmosphere of futuristic “purity” reigns on board. We have a shiny white color, a flat steering wheel and a lot of small screens. The kit also includes a floating console, an inductive charger, and other USB-C connectors. Instead of conventional airbags, Renault offers the concept of enveloping airbags directly integrated into the seatbacks. The so-called “cocoon” airbags, which provide more protection and allow you not to clutter up the cabin. Since the environment also touches the air we breathe, Renault has made sure that air purifiers are visible in the doors. In addition to taking care of the air in the cabin, they can also take care of the appearance of the car. Imagine if the Renault Scénic Vision appealed to all cars at the same time, all day long.
Hybrid engine: electric and hydrogen
Let’s talk about the climate goal: carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and globally by 2050. A major challenge that includes decarbonisation, responsible manufacturing and zero-emission motorization. Do it, The Renault Scénic Vision is based on an unparalleled platform specially adapted to run on hydrogen.. The engine is at the rear (engine) and the 2.5kg hydrogen tank is at the front. The fuel cell is located under the floor, behind the battery, at the back of the platform. Thus, Renault announces a 75% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a conventional electric vehicle. The concept car gets a 160kW slip-ring synchronous motor from Mégane E-Tech. Power is provided by a 40 kWh battery connected to a 16 kW fuel cell. This makes long trips easier by reducing charging times.
Autonomy is indicated about 800 km with this Paris-Marseille configuration! It remains to be seen whether this recipe will work in practice. Finally, this duo also powers a large amount of smart high-tech equipment on board. For example, headrests that combine a system of microphones and speakers for easy communication. Small contextual and customizable screens offer shortcuts (calls, GPS, weather, air quality, lighting effects, etc.). The front camera “expands” the driver’s field of view by transmitting video at the bottom of the windshield. Finally, camera mirrors and a panoramic glass roof enhance visibility and create a feeling of freedom on board. A promising combination of cutting edge technology as well as design that is as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.