The Renault Group had its annual conference detailing what happened in the year before while talking about the future. We already know the Scenic name will be repurposed for a new EV after being in use since 1996 on a series of minivans. The company with the diamond logo has confirmed the future zero-emission model will ride on the CMF-EV platform.
If that association of letters rings a bell, it’s because the Megane E-Tech Electric and the Nissan Ariya also utilize the same architecture. A new report from Auto Express states the Scenic replacement will be yet another crossover, bigger than the Megane in order to compete with the Volkswagen ID.4.
Renault’s head honcho Luca de Meo has told the British publication the hydrogen concept teased during the conference will eventually spawn a production version. AE believes the showcar we’ll see in May is going to provide a window into the Scenic’s future. Details are limited at this point, but the company’s boss did say it will be more spacious than the Megane E-Tech Electric while offering additional range.
While the Scenic minivan has been offered with three rows of seats, its electric successor will come exclusively with five seats. We also know from Renault’s VP of engineering Gilles Le Borgne an all-wheel-drive version is being considered to mirror the old Scenic RX4. According to the report, there could be 40- and 60-kWh battery packs and fast-charging from 10% to 80% in half an hour.
The design is expected to take after the Megane, but with a taller roof for superior headroom. It should be more practical in terms of cargo by featuring a tailgate extending all the way down to the bumper for a bigger opening area.
The concept car’s novel hydrogen-fueled combustion engine will showcase Renault is keeping its options open when it comes to curbing CO2 emissions. However, the subsequent production vehicle will be a battery-powered EV.
Source: Auto Express