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Body style: Van
Segment: Medium MPV

Renault looked to expand its vehicle range and developed the Scenic RX4 as a unique AWD minivan for the European market, together with an off-road specialist company.

While the Scenic was a sales-winner in its MPV segment, the French carmaker was a newbie in the off-road or SUV segment. Apart from some all-wheel-drive vehicles built in the past and the special military trucks, it had no expertise. After joining the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the French carmaker dropped the RX4 from its lineup, helping Nissan sells more X-Trails.

It was a unique vehicle on the market. Even though its overall look resembled the standard Megane Scenic facelift, its bigger bumpers and side moldings showed a different character. At the back, the carmaker installed the spare wheel on the lower side of the tailgate, which was opened sideways, while the rear window had hinges on its upper side. Unlike other SUV makers from those times, it installed a duralumin shield under the engine bay, not a fake plastic one.

Inside, apart from the dashboard, everything was changed. There were plenty of storage areas inside: under the seats, under the bench, under the floor, in the dashboard, and on the door panels. In fact, it had more interior storage volume than a 1959 Mini trunk. Its five individual seats allowed an impressive seat arrangement for its class.

Under the body, Renault installed a choice of two engines and an AWD system developed by Magna-Steyr with an electronically controlled center differential and a limited-slip front differential.

RENAULT Scenic RX4 2000 - 2003 5 Photos
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RENAULT Scenic RX4 2000 - 2003
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 16V 5MT AWd (140 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9L dCi 5MT AWD (102 HP)

RENAULT Scenic RX4 2.0L 16V 5MT AWd (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 16V 5MT AWd (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 5500 RPM
140 HP @ 5500 RPM
138 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
139 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
188 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.8 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.8 in (4440 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.3 in (1,501/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3174.7 lbs (1440 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4387.2 lbs (1990 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
224 g/km

RENAULT Scenic RX4 1.9L dCi 5MT AWD (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L dCi 5MT AWD (102 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1870 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 4000 RPM
102 HP @ 4000 RPM
101 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM
200 Nm @ 1500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.8 in (4440 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/58.3 in (1,501/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3218.7 lbs (1460 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4431.3 lbs (2010 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Highway
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
197 g/km
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