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2009-04-14 09:46
Renault South Africa is in for a flurry of activity later this year. Along with the new Megane hatchback and Coupe, the new Scenic and Grand Scenic will be launched in South Africa from October.

The new generation Grand Scenic builds on the reputation fostered by its forebears over the past two generations and is, according to Renault and seemingly against the grain of MPVs, less functional and more car-like than before.

The manufacturer insists that the new model - the third in its new Megane range - sets new standards in the MPV segment for its comfort and cabin space.

Kneeroom for second row occupants is said to be the best in its class, and third row occupants have more head- and kneeroom than before. Renault claims two 1.75m-tall passengers could squeeze into the rearmost row...

However, despite Renault's claims that this MPV is less functional, Grand Scenic boasts more than 40 stowage spaces including underseat drawers, four underfloor compartments and an 11-litre cubby. Furthermore, boot space has increased by 10% to 752 cm3.

Apart from its styling similarities with the Megane, Grand Scenic also borrows the hatchback's new suspension arrangement with its horned subframe at the front axle and closed profile rear-beam. Its new electric steering system also allows for greater steering precision.

Grand Scenic launches in Europe with a range of five petrol and six turbodiesel powerplants and running costs are said to be lower than before, too.

Oil changes have been extended to every 30 000 km or two years, the air conditioning system no longer needs to be drained and air filter changes are only required at 60 000 km or every four years.


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