So what's under the camo? Many features appear identical to the 2016 Megane that was just shown in Frankfurt. The wing-shaped grille is flanked by tapered headlights with an LED crease at the bottom. The Scenic will appear a little cuter and rounder than its regular hatchback brother, appealing primarily to family car buyers. Meanwhile, the Megane's sharpness will appeal to executives and young buyers looking to make a statement.
The platform used by the Scenic is the same one used by every Renault and Nissan model. It's called the CMF and works like a set of tools that can be mixed and matched to create the desired vehicle. This particular version is called CMF-C because it underpins C-segment vehicles like the Nissan Pulsar and Qashqai.
Compared the current Scenic, the 2017 model will be wider and probably lower. Renault now has plenty of crossovers, so the MPV doesn't have to live a double life. A higher level of sophistication will be present from taillight to steering wheel. Perceived build quality will also be improved, but not by much.
While Volkswagen is chasing after the premium segment with the complex 2016 Touran, Renault wants to keep things simple. There won't be any powerful 2-liter engines, just a bunch of 1.6-liter turbos, with outputs ranging from 130 to 200 PS. The power will go to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 6-speed EDC.
Inside, most of the new features from the Megane will also be integrated into the Scenic. These include an 8.7-inch tablet for the dash, a heads-up display and digital dashboard.
Our sources suggest Renault are working on an alternative for the diesel engine that will combine the 0.9 TCe with an electric motor. However, it will not be ready in time for the Scenic's debut.